This week on Flirty Fleurs we bring to you the stories from 5 different floral designers who changed the way they are doing business to better fit their lifestyles.
Today Robyn shares her story with us:
Leap and the Net Will Appear. Or, Why I Left a Steady Paycheck for the Feast-or-Famine Gamble of My Own Business.
In the last six months, my life has changed in many ways, big and small. At the end of February, I left a job that had been so much more than just a job for me. As lead designer for a very successful flower shop in a luxury hotel, I had given every ounce of passion, creativity and hard work in my body to that company every hour I worked. And I learned more than I ever thought possible—about design, service, time management and logistics, and countless other invaluable lessons about our craft. I also learned that a time comes when you’ve stretched your wings as wide as possible and when that happens, it’s time to move on. I thought long and hard about what I wanted from my next job, and what I realized was that it was time not only to move on, but to move on to something of my own. I’d spent years thinking about the things I’d do differently if the choices were mine to make, and suddenly I knew that time had finally come.
Going out on my own wasn’t easy, and I don’t think it was easy for my business partner either. Both of us left steady paychecks for the feast or famine reality of small business, and if you’ve ever started a business, you know there’s considerably more famine than feast in the early days. But every bit of sacrifice my family has made to make this possible—and there have been more than a few—have been worth it to see this dream become a reality for us. Money is tight, but happiness is abundant. I finally have the opportunity to make my own decisions—to do things how *I* want them done, not how a corporate structure (that may or may not know much about our industry) deems appropriate. I’ve been able to grow in ways that may never have been possible had I not taken this risk.
I feel more in charge of my own destiny now, and I’m learning something new each and every day. About small business, accounting, marketing, and profit management. About how to live on a much tighter budget. About what really matters to me right now. And that’s building a business I can be extraordinarily proud of, about being the captain of my own ship, about knowing that every bit of creativity, passion, time and love I put into my business will be for MY benefit. And that’s worth a sacrifice or two.
In case you haven’t guessed, that’s me standing in the picture with Chuck in his post from yesterday!
Yes, we did in fact switch places!