Starting my own consulting business has always been a dream for me. If I was being honest about myself, I would have to say teaching, mentoring and managing (Read: telling people what to do) is something I really enjoy. Luckily, people sometimes want to hear what I have to say so it's been a good run here at Pick Your Poison thus far. I've been blessed with enough room in my house to have an office, a side job to make ends meet and nothing other than some business cards and a domain name to purchase to get this thing rolling. In other words, this business venture has been pretty low risk. Other than, of course, that whole quitting-your-day-job-and-putting-your-faith-in-yourself-and-you-alone thing. That's been scary for sure and I'm not taking that part for granted but in terms of a financial commitment, this risk has been manageable, to say the least.
Despite being happy with my progress in business, there's always been another business venture that's infiltrated my daydreams time and time again. One that requires significantly more risk, more money, more time, and probably more gray hairs. I don't want to get into the exact business now but just know that on top of being a really expensive industry to break into, it's also seasonal so ya know, you have a limited window to make a profit each year.
My goal for 2017 is to start this business while maintaining and growing Pick Your Poison. Some parts will be the same as what I did for PYP (setting up a website, getting a DBA name, branding) and others will be very, very different (doing financial projections, getting money from a bank and finding some serious business insurance). Either way, each step is one step closer to my goal of continued world domination and the hope to never work for anyone but myself again.
I want to document this experience to encourage and inform others about how to do the same, no matter what industry they choose to operate in. I plan to cover the entire process- from idea generation to (hopefully) opening. I'm sure there are going to be tons of things that I won't be able to predict, things that are easy and fun and things that will be incredibly difficult. I want to share them all with you so when the time comes to start a business of your own, it's just a little easier.
Here's hoping for success, a hair dye strong enough to keep up with my grays, and the ability to inform and educate anyone that wants to take the leap themselves.