No sob stories here, just a mom who decided to be her own boss. I've always knew deep down I had the skills and abilities to run a business..I've worked since I was 16 years old, no hand outs. I grew up in a small province in the Philippines, with seven other siblings, believe it or not, I knew zero English coming here, but now, you'll never guess that! Point is - so many people don't realize how much potential they truly have, most limit themselves based on where they come from, what they have, current situations, the excuses never ends. People hear "you can be whatever you want to be" but don't actual listen to it, I was one of those people.
I have a retail background, went to college to become a "potential nurse", as a Filipino, the medical field is pretty much set to be your career, I didn't feel okay pursuing something that didn't fulfill my passion. Of course during that time, I was lost, like a lot of people, I felt like I didn't know what I was doing, where I should direct myself, keep in mind I'm now a Mother, so I felt like I was in a time crunch.
At 16 years old, I was in school and got my first job. Of course... it was fast food. I walked to work everyday, lasted me months. But my goal was to provide for myself, get my first cellphone, my own clothes, ordinary teenager things. At 17, I joined the retail industry, got promoted into a Supervisor, also still in school. By 18, I was moved in a Manager position, but I wasn't the only one running the store, I was still young and new.....But! These moments were the start of this journey. I was running a store, quit my job became a Mother (best thing ever) Still going to school, long story short, I jumped from different businesses, learned how to manage more stores and people. I guess you can say, I can run a store with my eyes closed. THAT was the moment I knew I was going to have my own business one day.
I like challenge, I've mastered a "job" that was beneficial for the CEO. Jobs can easily replace you. I was tired of requesting vacation days, working tirelessly morning and night, overtime, meetings, hiring, firing, opening stores, payroll at home, etc. I loved what I was capable of, didn't love that it was for someone else and for not me, but things happen for a reason and those experiences were stepping stones to where I am today. From the artistic side of me, I initially wanted to become a Tattoo Artist. I knew I can easily make it happen considering my background in business.
I took my first microblading course in 2016, this service was (still is) the hottest service in the beauty industry. I sacrificed my savings to take this course. I was defeated my first year due to my double job. I worked my regular full-time job and this for a whole year. 2017 - was the start of my career.
One day, I was fed up with corporate world, I quit. No, I didn't have a fully booked out calendar of clients, I took that leap of faith and just went for it. I knew what I was capable of whether it was for me or not, but at least I wasn't coming to work with thoughts "Should I start something new" or "What ifs". You won't truly know your capabilities until you step out of your comfort zone. Once you start to follow what you love or what you're passionate about, blessings will follow, trust me!
Being your own boss is not easy by any means. You are the entire business, your the janitor, the artist, the warehouse manager, the mom/dad, the payroll, the one who cries in the corner for 5 minutes and picking yourself back up for your next appointment, it's tough stuff! But this is all a part of this journey. It's normal. The beauty of it is in the results, a person who was once stuck doing the usual 9-5, decided to go for it! THAT is what counts. THAT mentally will get you far, it might not be here or there, but you've already overcome the biggest fear a lot of people tend to back down from, but you didn't!
I can keep going with my motivational speeches, but it won't do any good for those who
don't believe in themselves. Like I tell everyone, there's a difference between working for someone for 14 hours, and working for yourself for 14 hours. My main reason, I'm willing to work for myself because I'm passionate about it, I love what I do, I love to educate and push my students through their fears, I enjoy watching my artist open their own businesses, I love seeing working single moms enjoy vacations with their babies, business owners who've used this platform to gain financial freedom, bought properties, invested in the stock market, etc. The dreams never stop. I made my first 6 figure in 2017 and hit my first 7 in 2018-2019. The potential is unthinkable!
So without further ado, from one boss to another.... THE DOOR IS OPEN.
Thank you for reading my short book, I honestly did not proof read this.. it came straight from my heart... which probably sounds...what do the kids call it these days??? Oh...*cringe*
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