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! If you are just starting out in your planning stages of your horse business or need some help now that you are in it, I would like to encourage you to check out my two books. My first book, "What it really takes to start and run a horse business" is my families journey of starting our horse boarding business and about learning from our mistakes especially during the first couple of years. My second book, "The Total Horse Barn Management Makeover," is about the relationship between the barn owner/barn manager and client and how to resolve the issues that will come up when you are running a horse business of any kind. I truly believe this book is crucial to being successful in your horse business. After all, the horses will be the easy part! These books will take you deep inside the equine business world and will inspire and give you the tools to get through those tough days and situations. You won't find more honest books out there about running a horse business and together both books give you a complete look at horse barn management.
I wish you many blessings in your horse business,