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Entrepreneurship : The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

3.19.2014

I get a lot of emails asking how I got started with my clothing boutique. And even more questions asking what exactly our other business is. How I started my boutique is going to have to wait for another day. But today I am clearing the air on just exactly what it is we do and my feelings on being a business owner.

www.DiscountOnlineParts.com is our primary business and source of income where Jon and I work from 9am to 5pm. Some days it's much longer hours. Jon started this company 6 years ago in his bedroom in his parents house. After deciding college wasn't for him and learning quickly that working for other people didn't tickle his fancy either, he decided to build his own company from the ground up. It was solely an online business for the first 4 years, but in the last two years we have opened a local store as well. We sell outdoor power equipment parts for lawn mowers, chainsaws, small engines, etc. Jon also does local repairs on equipment. He is quite the handy man!

No it is not my life long dream to sell lawn mower parts to men all day long, but it's real life and it pays the bills.
www.TheModernTulip.com
One of my dreams, besides being a famous singer - I'm still waiting to be discovered, was to have a clothing boutique. As most of you know, this dream recently came true for me! I would have never have made the dive if it wasn't for hubs. He is such a go-getter. Everything I'm not. Jon finally pushed me to make the jump in December and The Modern Tulip Boutique was officially introduced in January. She is slowly up and coming, but she is my second job until she starts making thousands of sales :)

As for my thoughts on entrepreneurship, I think it's wonderful! It's a huge accomplishment and something to be extremely proud of! I love being able to make the rules. Decide our hours. Work hard to watch it grow. It's like watching your first born child sing their ABC's after spending forever teaching them! It makes me want to fist pump repeatedly in the air!

At the same time it takes a lot to deal with all that goes into running a business. So much so that not all days are pretty. There is a lot more behind the scenes that's not all glamour like I assumed. There are bills, taxes, SEO work, employees, paperwork, financial decisions and so much more.

I find our biggest struggle is learning how to turn our brains off. When you work for someone it's easy to punch in and out of a time clock and forget about work when you walk out the door. Well, our life is our business. There is a fine line to balancing both work and play. Jon and I are learning now more than ever how to turn our brains off at some point in the night and pack up and go home. Still yet there are nights where it's 10pm and we're still at the office working on our websites, orders, repairs, SEO work. But the way I see it, we are only stabilizing our future. I'm willing to put in the long days now for freedom in the years to come. 

If you are looking to start your own business I say go for it! It's a huge leap with amazing benefits! There will be hard days no doubt, but there will be more days that are beyond rewarding.

If you are trying to start your own business or have the desire, but don't know how or where to start I'd be happy to answer any and all of your questions to the best of my abilities. Just email me at themoderntulip@gmail.com.

19 comments on "Entrepreneurship : The Good, The Bad & The Ugly"
  1. So now I want to hear you sing...and also witness the fist pumping repeatedly in the air! ;) But really, it is awesome that you get to pursue these businesses together. At least the long hours aren't spent away from each other...although maybe that's why you need your nightly baths! Just kidding ;) I hope your boutique skyrockets into thousands of sales before you know it!!
    Eva Marie Taylor

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  2. I've been thinking about starting a business for a while now but I have been to chicke. Reading this has given me confidence

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  3. Go get em girl! Your entrepreneurship inspires me, sister!! xx

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  4. You should be pretty proud of yourself, lil' lady!! Such a big accomplishment!

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  5. Can't wait to sit down and take some time read this, girl! Entrepreneurship + Social Enterprise was one of my minors at WFU and I absolutely LOVED it! You're a rockstar, hun!!! I love what you have done with your life...inspiring fo sho. Seriously. Xx.

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  6. congrats! so true, starting my business was tough but soooo worth it!!

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  7. What an adventure to start and build your own company! That really takes some guts, and you're right, it's a huge different between when you work for someone else and when you work for yourself because you don't really have the clock in/clock out mentality!

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  8. Oh wow, your clothes are gorgeous and so affordable! Congrats on starting your own store!

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  9. Loved reading this glimpse into your lives, you guys are inspiring. It will all be worth it in the long run for sure :)

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  10. I agree! Its hard but def all worth it!! And it never really feels like work if you are doing something that you love!

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  11. I didn't even notice you had a boutique. ohhh great -this is good for me, bad for my pocket book! ha

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  12. I've done both and I can't turn my brain off either way. WHAT is WRONG with me? LOL No but honestly this was helpful

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  13. I'm going through the same thing with Dress Up Your Cup. It's my dream. But, until I'm making bank, I have to keep up with a job that can bring in money to pay the bills! Hopefully you'll find yourself in the place where you can eventually live off of the success of The Modern Tulip!

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  14. I totally didn't know what you did for a living and love it! Even more so I'm so happy you went out on a limb and started your boutique! That has always been a dream of mine and maybe sometime I will make it come true!

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  15. Good for you guys!!! I am currently working on funding for opening a brick & mortar shop and I know there is so much work involved. I already have some of my own businesses but this will take it to a whole other level. I guess sleep is for the weak..Haha!!

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  16. Haha I dream of becoming a singer too! We should do a blogging duet some time!

    It is really hard to have a business. There are no sick days and you can't just let things go because you have other stuff going on in your life. Thanks for sharing some of the hardships, but also, how rewarding it is to see it grow!

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  17. Yay for you for following your dream! So many have the dream but are too scared to follow through. I love that you work alongside your husband, that's exactly what I want to do with my husband a few years down the road when he eventually opens up his own machine shop.

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