I knew that I was made to be a part of building a business as soon as I had my first entrepreneurship class in my MBA program. That was one of the last three classes I took; not only did it bring the entire curriculum together, it also made me learn a lot about myself. I realized that, at that particular point in time, I wasn't as happy in a mature company because there wasn't as much room for trial-and-error innovation. The class was instrumental because it provided a framework for launching a business that demystified the entrepreneurial world. It broke a start-up down into a workable business problem that is accessible to any who take the time to diligently solve.
The majority of the class was built on simulating the steps you would take in the real world and being graded by whether or not those steps would actually achieve the objective you were assigned. We also heard from many real-world entrepreneurs who both succeeded and failed. Those lessons were priceless.
When I first started Contact eCommerce, I meant to keep a personal journal of my progress and share it somehow so others could learn from my successes and challenges. I kept up with it for a while but fell off. There is no time like the present to make a change though, and here I am, kickstarting it again, hoping to add to others' knowledge by passing my experience on.
The recurring themes of entrepreneurship (in my opinion) have always seemed to be hard work, highly volatile emotional swings, and tremendous gratification. At a minimum, I can say that my experience in 2 years since starting has been exactly as advertised and worth it throughout the entire journey. Additionally, I've become a better employee at my salaried job because of the new experiences and professional lessons learned through the entrepreneurial world. For instance, I've learned more about accounting and marketing through my efforts with Contact eCommerce than I would have in my normal job and those lessons have made me a more well-rounded employee.
I hope this blog segment can illuminate the pathway for other aspiring entrepreneurs. I hope that established entrepreneurs can comment on some of the posts with their lessons learned (good and bad) that selfishly can help me in my journey. Finally, I hope that others who are not interested in opening their own business can follow along and appreciate all the work that goes into that little pop-up store you see at a local festival.
Most of all, this is my business and my passion; I'm just happy to share the story with everyone.