The hardest part about working for yourself is working for yourself. It's a simple and honest answer but only today did i realize it. Working in retail you sometimes have no connection to the actual company. You may love it and your employees but if the company isn't doing well, you can simply move on if you feel like there's a problem. You don't make huge investments into the company; aside from your time, but when it's your own brand or business and you're doing it all by yourself, every unanswered email or every shop that says no feels like a punch. So far this year I've contacted so many places about carrying Skoope Home but it seems like every week that goes by I'm getting nowhere with these efforts. They either love my designs but aren't looking to carry prints in their store or just haven't responded and those that have, randomly just stop emailing me back. Now let me preface all this by saying, I by no means expect people to go "OMG gotta get these right now", I'm just being honest about how it feels. It's tough.
My love always says "keep emailing, keep at it" but sometimes I talk his ear off about how it seems like its not working. How long before I've contacted every store in the world with no response, I joke? I sometimes feel like the scales of justice and every time an email goes unanswered the "your stuff sucks" side gets heavier, but every time a customer makes a purchase from my shop the "get it girl" side gets the win. It's hard sometimes (at least for me) to not doubt if what I'm doing is working and everyday I have to say, you're doing what you love so hush and keep growing. I know there is a light at the end of this hard road and I'm so willing to walk it. No one ever said being in business for yourself was easy but when you're doing what you truly love, you never stop - no matter what. I'm so happy to be selling my products in two Atlanta boutiques but the plan is to be in 3 more before the year is out. I know I can do this!