3 Things in the First Three Months of Building a Business

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These first three months have been a whirlwind. I never thought simply nailing down a manufacturer was going to be so difficult. It has been so difficult in fact, I almost called it quits, twice. Twice! That is not like me. I’m not a quitter, but finding a manufacturer has been a new experience that I’m grateful to say I overcame.

I am happy to say that after two months of working on this business I have found a manufacture. This process started with google. I googled paper manufacturers like a boss. I created an Excel spreadsheet of the manufacture name, contact, contact info, and date of contact. I now have a hefty manufacturing list. This may have been a waste of time. Who cares if I have a huge list of people, I only need one company to make my party supplies.

After I emailed 30 companies, I had one Chinese company email me back and we started the estimate process. After a week and a half of email communication, the guy ghosted me! Whatever. I didn’t want to work with that company anyway. During that time, I was communicating with an American company, Amscan. After the Chinese haunting, I starting working with Amscan. I was emailing this very nice lady, who after a few emails wanted to chat on the phone. We hopped on a phone call and she put me into contact with one of her clients who happens to be a large distributor here in Utah. She made an email introduction and before I knew it, I was scheduling a meeting with this distributor.

The distributor connected me with a guy who does their manufacturing and a legal contact to help me with trademark process. Hallelujah! I was making progress. This is where I’m at currently, I’m working with both of these contacts to get a cost estimate and obtain a trademark.

Still at the beginning stages of this business, but I want to take you with me along the way. I’m sharing what I’ve learned so you can navigate with much less frustration. So to the meat of this post.

3 Things that I’ve Learned

1. It’s all about you.

No one is going to make decisions for you. You have to get as much information as you possible can gather and move forward with what feels right to you. I have had several moments where I run something by Thomas expecting him to tell me how to move forward or to motivate me to keep at it. He always said, “Well what do you want to do?” I was cautious moving forward with the Chinese distributor, remember the ghosting that happened before. I would draft an email and then think, “Oh I should talk to Thomas about this first.” I quickly learned that Thomas’ approach is again, “What do you want to do?” I learned to just push the send button and see what happens next.

2. Trust Your Gut

As you find yourself making decisions, on what feels like an hourly basis, check in with your gut. Is your gut letting you to move forward? Is your gut telling you to back off and wait for something different? When you are making big decisions, small decisions, whatever, check our gut to ensure you are making the right move for you and your business. When I was standing at the storefront waiting to meet with the Utah distributor I felt calm. I checked in with my gut and did so multiple times throughout the meeting. My gut was telling me to let down my guard (I build huge walls people) and trust these guys. I will continue to trust my guts with ever business meeting that takes place and every decisions I make as I build this business.

3. Build a team

We can’t do it on our own. At some point, we need other people with expertise and experience. I struggle with this because I don’t like to bother people or ask for help. When I called the lady at Amscan, I was a tad nervous. I had no idea what to expect. Holy cow! I am so glad that talked with her, she hooked this sista up.

I hope you learn from my experience. I want to take you on this journey for that very reason. Thanks for reading.

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