The Struggle of Bootstrapping a Business

Bootstrapping a business as they call it, can be very difficult at times. Throughout the process a lot of sacrifices have to be made, but it’s all for the greater good. That’s at least what I tell myself!

I’m not going to lie, sometimes I really find myself in a rut and I become stagnant. Not being able to look past the things that are going wrong will wear you OUT.

My mom tells me all the time, “This is a test. How bad do you want this”?

Damn bad.

One thing we talk about in the black community quite often, is the fact that we rarely ever own any of the businesses we patronize. Not even in our own communities do we have many black business owners. And one step further than that, the black business that do exist are many times just serving as the face, meanwhile being backed from outside of the community.

The best way to make a change, is to be the change. More and more black owned businesses are starting to arise, especially in our declining job market. We have to do for ourselves because no one else is going to. I want to be a part of it.

I think most of all, I’m enjoying all the creative freedom’s that come along with starting a business of your own. You don’t have to argue with anyone over how to do anything, no compromises, no ifs and or but’s. When you own a business, you don’t have to worry about anyone firing you, you don’t have to kiss butt, or suck up to anyone.

Every dime, nickel, and penny I have goes into creating what I hope will pay me back in abundance. I believe in my craft, and everyday I work on it the better I become. I give and the craft gives back.

This thing is all about discipline. If you want something bad enough, you will make the necessary sacrifices. Discipline is what keeps me from buying frivolous things with money I could be putting into my business. Discipline is what keeps me on task when I don’t necessarily feel like working some days.

I do it for the love.


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