Starting a business is never easy and I should know. I have what I consider evolved or what others consider ADD. My first internet business was selling books. I love books, the smell, feel etc. My first job was to liquidate an estate of leather bound books that were all collectibles. There were over 2,000 of them. It was amazing and I was doing what I loved. I enjoyed selling each one, telling customers about them and I learned a lot, but then the Kindle & iPad and other readers came about and the bottom fell out of the book market.
When Networking Witches was started it flew up in stats and took right off. I’m very thankful that it did but along the way were a lot of bumps and bruises that most everyone never saw. However, we (Rose) listened to other bloggers and created our site with love and care. We didn’t start it with dollar signs in our eyes, though both of us were in need of money. We saw this more as a way to provide items we needed for our family. Along the way we made friends with both sweepers and bloggers. Some friends as always turned out better than others.
With our failure at some things we learned. I wouldn’t trade those failures for anything because it kept us working hard and pushing ourselves to make the best blog we could. To create a blog we could be proud of. We once spent a whole night using Google Cache to put our blog back up when it was ass-i-dently deleted. We worked with friends to learn to use our dashboard, and still now I have to ask for help at times.
While I still love Networking Witches and it will always be a labor of love, starting Networking Perks was a whole ‘nother beast. I love working with other bloggers but most bloggers are moms and home has to come first. Then business, and as a business owner working with moms we must learn to work together. Learn to work side by side instead of against one another.
For those of you starting your blogs I want to say….. No it isn’t easy, there is much to learn but it is worth it. Especially, if you’re a mom staying home with the kids. There will be days you can’t create a post or review because your brain is clogged or with your family but that’s ok, it will pass. If you continue and work at it steadily you will succeed. Lean on other bloggers and join groups. Don’t be afraid to learn from your mistakes. Mistakes are not a sign of imperfection but rather a struggle to reach perfection.