Well, it has been a year since my last blog update, I think I have lost the momentum! But this is a posting I made on my Facebook page that had a massive espouse, so it seemed like a good idea to post it here too!
‘Never underestimate of forget to appreciate the value and luxury of time’
I felt I had to get this down today as something happened this morning that really upset me, and I am sure that this will strike a chord with many small business owners.
Anyone who knows me knows that I run everywhere. I run up the stairs, down the stairs, across the kitchen, to the front door etc. I am 100 miles an hour all the time as it is one way of ensuring that I get things down as fast as possible before moving on to the next thing!
My business is a massive big deal to me. Like many other business owners, I have worked so hard to get to where I am and I continue to put everything into it. My passion and my choice. But I get continually upset and irritated by the attitude of many who continually undervalue what I do, have the attitude that what I run is a fun hobby, ‘she makes a few cakes’ etc. Friends who get irritated and cross with me when I can’t just pop out for a coffee. Those who don’t understand why I can’t go out for lunch (which I eat standing up when I remember to have it)
Time is such a luxury. Those who work part or full time leave work…and leave work. Those who CHOOSE to run a business never stop. I can’t always remember to return a call when I’m still engrossed in emails at 11pm. I can’t just pop out on a whim to visit someone when I have 5 cakes to plan or several calls to return. Juggling a business with three kids and doing it on your own isn’t easy. I wouldn’t change it, sometimes it would be nice to have a little freedom…but then the rush of a new order, planning a new cake, the challenge of something new and scary…that is hard to beat
I love what I do, we all love what we do, but sometimes I wish some individuals would cut us a little slack when we regularly put in 50 hour weeks and the work never really goes away. Please take what we do seriously…cakes, jewellery, knitting, sewing, craft…whatever it is, it is a skill, a craft, an art and running a business aint easy!!!!! xxxx