My Boutique's One Year Anniversary - What I've Learned

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

When I finally decided to open my boutique a year ago, I was scared of the outcome I might experience.
"Will anyone buy anything?" "Will I make a fool of myself?" "What if I lose my investment?" "Maybe I should pursue something else."
Those are just a few of the thoughts that went on in my mind as my fingers trembled when I pressed publish on my website. The journey has been far from easy, but I am SO glad I decided to finally start the one thing I had been dreaming of and preparing for - for the past three years. I am definitely nowhere near where I want to be, but I have come so far and I have to remind myself of that. I think everyone beats themselves down so much to the point where they can't see the success right in front of their eyes. I know I have. Some days I feel like I am on top of the world and my business is thriving - but some days I wonder how I will even make it. I think that's just part of business - and I know that anyone who owns one can relate to that. 

I still have so much to learn and so many goals to hit, but I have learned a lot in the past year. I think the biggest thing I have learned is to not forget what me and my brand stand for. There were many times throughout the year where I would start to get off track without even realizing it. I would get distracted by trends or try to copy other boutique's because they were seeing success. That was a HUGE mistake because it wasn't true to my brand. I am still recovering from that and that's a mistake I never want to make again. 

I get a lot of questions from girls wanting to start their own store and how to get started and be successful. Many times I don't know what to say because I feel inadequate to answer that question. The truth is, there is no formula for success. When I started out, I had nothing but my laptop and a desire to learn. I spent countless hours just researching everything I could think of, until I had enough knowledge to even know where to start. All I knew is that I wanted to work for myself. I had a vision of a brand and what I wanted to stand for. I knew that starting an online store would open so many opportunities for me and open the door to allow me to pursue my dreams in both life and career. I just wanted success so badly. 

So my biggest piece advice to those girls - and you if you are reading this and wanting to start your own store - is to have the desire to learn and be successful. No amount of research or advice will get you where you need to be if you don't WANT it. You have to wake up everyday with the mindset of success and not take failure as an answer. 

I just want to end the post by saying thank you to everyone who has supported me on this business endeavor. I never could have done any of it without my customers and everyone who believed in me. I am so thankful for every purchase, like, comment, share, and recommendation. Every single one of them mean so much and I am forever grateful! Cheers to the next year and all that is to come.

Find my store here!: Rosie Meadow Boutique

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