When you decide you want to start and run your own business, no one can prepare you for the journey you are about to take. Most of us also have full time jobs that we still need to go to everyday and perform at the same level we always have. Here is where it gets challenging and very difficult at times. Trying to stay focused on your day job while you are at work and keeping the energy up to plan for the new business before or after work. Looking back most of it was a blur and I was running on auto-pilot many days.
Starting a business can be lonely
If I was to be totally honest with you, starting a business can be lonely at times and it definitely was for me. When you are venturing into something that not many others have done, it is hard to share what you are going through at the time. Most of your friends and family will listen to your struggles but they really will have a hard time relating to how much work it truly is.
If I can give one bit of advice, I would strongly encourage you to find someone who has taken a similar path as you are on and spend some time talking with them. It doesn't necessarily need to be someone in the horse industry. Talk with someone that has started a business and will understand what you are going through and will be able to encourage you in ways that others might not be able to. Forming a network with other business owners is vital for learning and growing into a business owner and getting through those early years.
There will be days...
It is very easy to be excited for a new adventure but there will be days when it gets very difficult and even times when you second guess if you should have started the business. We had many things go wrong during the entire process of starting our barn operation and we kept going and looking back I believe that is pretty normal with any new business. There will be many days when you are mentally and physically exhausted especially if you are still working your day job. That is when you are going to have to dig deep and find that motivation to keep going even when things seem like they are taking an incredibly long time to move forward. I worked for five years at my day job even after our barn was open and sometimes that is just part of getting a business off the ground.
We live in a time in our world when everyone wants everything done yesterday. People are in a hurry and the thought of waiting two years for their business to open might seem too long. I disagree. I believe the more time you have to plan and make the changes that will come along (and there will be many) and get your barn in complete order the better chance you have for a smoother and more successful start to the first couple years of being open.
Starting a business can be one of the most exciting things you ever do and it will most likely be one of the most stressful times in your life. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed at the process each day, step back and take a deep breath and come back to it the next day. Sometimes all we need to do it slow down a little bit and it will all become much more clear. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither will your barn. Enjoy the journey along the way.
If you are new to my blog, then welcome! I wrote my newest book to give you an in-depth look into the business of boarding horses and all that it entails. This post today is one small example of what my new book addresses. If you are boarding horses or are planning on it, please check out, "A Step By Step Guide To Starting And Running A Successful Horse Boarding Business." It is a very comprehensive book on boarding horses and covers every part of it from building your barn or stable to solid barn management. I wrote this book because I realized there is an information gap when it comes to this subject and my goal is to help others so they don't make all the mistakes I made when we first opened our boarding facility. I want you to be prepared for the crazy and wonderful new career you are going into.
I wish you many blessings in your horse business,