P.S LONG POST AHEAD.

NO JOKE.

Starting a business was always a childhood dream but for some reason, I didn’t expect to start one at a relatively young age. For some reason, I thought the best time to start a business was after university, when I have a job and when I saved enough money to invest

I did not expect to start my business in my third year at university — without being employed or having a lot of seed capital.

Years before starting my business, I was a blogger. I wrote inspirational content such as quotes, articles, and advice. I had several blogs in the past but one of the blogs that are still alive today is on WordPress. I found WordPress in late 2016. I had no idea how to navigate it. In fact, I deserted the platform for several months until I decided to give it another go.

WordPress is honestly awesome. The previous blogs I had were on Weebly and barely anyone read them, and it barely got any decent traffic. WordPress on the other hand was like a social media network for bloggers. My content was way more discoverable compared to Weebly. Over the years, I gained a loyal following of 450+ followers.

I was regularly posting content on my blog and it was awesome to connect with bloggers from different countries. I regularly explored other people’s blogs. I visited a girl’s blog and one of the things she does was rate a person’s blog out of ten. The rating is based on the appearance of the blog. I read the feedback she gave to someone and it was very brief. I felt like I could give more detailed feedback since I am a self-taught graphic designer and can share the design principles I learned.

That’s when I decided that I should do something similar except, make a specialized service to help bloggers design attractive blogs via implementable feedback — technically consulting.

I named this free service ‘Designo Feedback’.

I wrote a post asking if anyone wanted me to go through their blogs for free. I was able to find six blogger friends and delivered them implementable feedback.

All of my blogger friends were very impressed with the feedback and it felt good! I was happy to exceed expectations. One of them even asked me to design a logo for their blog and I happily did so. This made me think that I could make this a business one day — I just didn’t know when. I vaguely thought that when I have money, I can make it a business.

Later, university work and volunteer roles flooded in.

I could not focus on my small ‘unregistered’ business. In fact, 2019 went like water and, I barely worked on it. I didn’t consistently get ‘blogger’ clients and questioned if it will actually work out. I also noticed that the clients I provided feedback to are very unlikely to purchase my paid services. This itself was very demotivating.

As months went past, when I had time I would research and learn about blogging and business.

This is when things start changing.

One day I came across Sam Ovens webinar (LOL I think we all have!) and watched it to the end. I remember that day when I was doing something in the kitchen and had my laptop on the countertop and earphones plugged in. I was in the middle of doing a chore, but I made sure I don’t miss a minute of the webinar. I guess at that time, I thought the webinar was ‘LIVE’ when it was probably recorded 😛

I was so into the webinar that I forgot how long I was listening to it.

That was the day I made a decision to officially register my business and be serious about it.

WHY DID THE WEBINAR MOTIVATE ME TO START A BUSINESS?

I honestly felt like the webinar was talking to me. I had an unregistered consulting ‘business’, I had no clue what to do next with it, and this dude is talking about how to be a highly paid consultant. I was technically been told what the next step is for my business. What a random coincidence. I felt weird that day — hope, excitement, and hunger to learn more.

I WAS LIKE, DUDE I ACTUALLY HAVE A CONSULTING BUSINESS — WITHOUT ME KNOWING! I can start now! I have already proven myself that I can deliver results to people — I just need to start. And I did, registered my business around May 2019 and self-learned all the way until November when I finally decided to implement what I learned.

If you would like to know my story after November 2019, let me know! I’ll stop the storytelling here.

My business definitely changed since I officially registered as a business.

I started with consulting only but now, as of November 2020, I am offering graphic/website design for small businesses. However, the experience I gained from consulting has helped hone my sales skills. I haven’t ‘made it’ yet but I’m progressing and that’s what matters.

I would like to thank everyone who supported me from the bottom to now, having a network is honestly your own net worth.

Tomorrow marks my 2-year business anniversary. I don’t drink alcohol (life’s been good), but I will definitely have something fancy tomorrow along with a LOTR marathon! It is currently raining here in Australia, it will be a cozy day for me tomorrow! Hope it is for you guys too ❤

Looking forward to the years ahead and I hope to share it with you all,

Bye (for now),

Donita

3 Comments

    1. Hi Eromonsele 🙂 Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! Exactly, you can do anything you want – as long as you put your mind into it and believe in yourself. That’s what I learned in the past two years. What others believe in you is IRRELEVANT, how you believe in yourself is the only thing that is IMPORTANT. Thank you for your kind comment, wish you all the best for your future too 🙂 You should totally start a business around your genius zone 😀 My genius zone is graphic design, whatever skill you have you can definitely monetize it and get paid what you deserve 🙂 Kind regards, Donita

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