My name is Yandy and I'm a workaholic. I am also the 18-year-old owner of Thoughtfully Handmade.
Sometimes I wonder why I chose this gruelling profession of entrepreneurship. Sure I thought it was fun and Summer Company was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I mean $3000 practically for free!?! Sign me up!
Psst! If you want to learn how you can get into the program, read my blog post How I Got into Summer Company at the Age of 16.
I'm writing this blog post to remind myself why I'm doing this in the first place, so I have something to motivate me when the going gets tough. But I'm also writing this to help you decide if entrepreneurship is the thing for you. If you're already an entrepreneur, maybe this list will inspire and motivate you as well!
So, without further ado, here are the reasons why I do what I do.
1. Unlimited Potential
When you're an entrepreneur, there is no set salary- you make your own. This means that you have the potential to make as little or as much as you want. As an overachiever, this peaked my interest. I have the potential to make thousands, if not millions! There is no one to tell me that I can only make so much and no glass ceiling to keep me.
2. Being my own boss
Similar to the reason above, the freedom and flexibility of being my own boss are also what drew me to entrepreneurship.
At the time I started Thoughtfully Handmade, I was in high school, and as the overachiever that I am, I aimed for academic excellence while slightly overloading myself with extracurriculars. My schedule was not conducive to a part-time job (trust me, I tried). In university, flexibility is even more treasured- my schedule is all over the place and my extracurriculars even more so.
Being my own boss allows me to set my own workdays and my own hours. I can prioritize my time as needed, which a regular part-time job does not allow.
3. Being creative
If you didn't know, I can't draw for the life of me. That's why I've always thought art was off-limits. Music, on the other hand, that I can do.
But, making cards is a form of artistic expression too. It allows me to be creative and I don't care if it's "crafting"- it's my form of art (I've had many philosophical debates on this topic, and I welcome discussion in the comments below!). So, I can call myself an artist (or crafter, I have no preference) and I enjoy how free I feel when I put together a card.
It's a stress-reliever for me and I'm so glad I found it. Especially when I want to go into law (I aim to be a Crown attorney or prosecutor for my neighbours down south). Cardmaking is a nice contrast to my serious, lawyer side and I like it.
4. Spreading positivity
What do you do with a card? You give it of course! And that, my friends, spreads positivity. No one ever gives someone a card to tell them that they're dumb or ugly! You give a card to wish someone a "happy birthday" or to say "thank you".
I love helping others to be positive because there's not enough positivity in the world. I'm going to stop here before I go on a long rant about that...
And I'm also not about the $7 Hallmark cards that have been put together by a machine. I'd scream working for them. So, why not start my own business making affordable, adjustable and adorable cards?
5. Challenging myself
Have I mentioned that I'm a complete and total workaholic? If I just had a regular job, I'd still be itching for something to do after I get home. I can't NOT do something- it's just not me! Maybe that's why I'm such an overachiever?
I love a good challenge and running my own business is definitely one. The truth is sometimes I work 12 hours a day. Want to know what is it that I do to fill that time? Well, that's another blog post waiting to happen.
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Here's a summary of what I've talked about. Feel free to pin it to your board so you can be inspired too!
So, now you know why I do what I do. Does it make you want to quit your job and turn your side hustle into a full-time gig? Or, does it scare you and think "no way Jose am I ever being an entrepreneur"? Both reactions are totally fine! Not everyone is suited to be an entrepreneur. You're unique in your own way and that's what's important.
Until next time!