Business thoughts thus far
After 10 months in business, I am still pinching myself every day. This is my job! There have been multiple times I found myself thinking, “It really is true; if you have an idea, get started.” When I had the idea for SGS, I wasted no time and got started immediately. It was scary, but I felt confident in my vision of how an online gift shop powered by small businesses could flourish. I am extremely thankful for the support of my friends and family every step of the way. What started as a sapling of an idea being worked out between just myself and my husband, has now evolved into a plant with several leaves, representing the great team of talented people we have assembled. Just like a plant that is properly nourished, our business is continuing to grow!
That doesn’t mean it's been smoothing sailing. We have made mistakes and we have learned from them. “That’s okay, no worries!” is a phrase I use on a daily basis. Whether it's a team member, a vendor, or our shipping partner, one thing remains constant - we are all human, and we all make mistakes. It’s important to remember that each mistake presents a learning opportunity to improve and grow. I know, it’s cliche, but it’s still true, and for that reason I never shy away from making a mistake.
Being transparent in business is important, which is why I felt the need to share that I am autistic. It was scary to feel so vulnerable, but at the same time I knew it was the right thing to do. I was worried that if those I was doing business with did not know I was autistic, they would misinterpret or misunderstand me. Sharing my diagnosis seemed much easier than potentially losing the relationships I was in the process of building. The risk was worth the reward. I am relieved to say I was embraced and supported in the small business community with open arms.
There is a saying, “Starting a business can restore your faith in humanity.” I can say first-hand that there is some truth to that. I feel so grateful to have met so many incredible people along this journey. The hearts and minds of our vendors are incredible. Our customers are wonderful and thoughtful. The world feels smaller, happier, and more understanding. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 months will bring!
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