I’ve always been a believer in the idea that it takes money to make money.
I started my first business when I was 21. I had been unemployed for the summer, and decided to take the reins of my own business as a sales representative for my company. I only had $100 to spend, so I started with a bang. I got a few business cards printed up and got these $100 orders that happened to come out to $500. But the funny thing about that is the card didn’t come out until 3 days after the order was placed, and I still wasn’t even halfway done with my fee when I got laid off by my employer.
I tried to keep it secret from my husband, who at the time was 7 months pregnant, and from my parents, but I remember telling my husband the second order that I made $500 on my first day of business.
I was so excited, and so happy to finally be able to help myself, that I didn’t think about the fact that I had to work all summer to pay for it.
It took me 3 whole months to get my first $500, and I was so busy that I didn’t even take the time to make sure I had everything I needed to run my business in order.
It took me 8 months to make another $5,000. When I got my first one-thousand, I was so happy, because I knew that my business was now going to be 100% mine.
It took me 13 months to make another $10,000. So I think the lesson here is that you have to have a really big goal in order to get motivated enough to actually work hard on it, and having a really big goal is not enough. You have to be able to justify to yourself that you have the ability to make it happen.