Like many new adventurous entrepreneurs, I jumped into being my own boss without having a clear and concise plan of action. I was an entrepreneur who had no idea about business consultants that could help me, and I fumbled through the first couple of years of my journey. After noticing that things weren’t panning out to be the way I had imagined when I quit my job, I started searching for work again.
Of course, I couldn’t find work, because I had quit my job during a pretty upside down economy, and people were fighting for even the smallest of positions, regardless of their educational background or experience. I had no choice but to work on my dream, then. So I did. I invested time and money into educating myself about my industry. The more I learned, the more I was able to implement, and I started seeing results.
After a while, I was doing pretty well with getting into a groove, but I noticed that I was spending more money than I was making. I returned to my job search, but I updated my resume with my entrepreneurial experience with ISH Music, LLC, because I didn’t want the employer to see a gap in my employment.
Because of all of the experience and skills that I had gained as an entrepreneur with ISH, I was being constantly contacted by firms looking to hire me for sales positions. I just wanted a simple office job where I could earn a decent paycheck that I could use to invest more into ISH.
A few temp agencies called and wanted to meet with me for an interview. What happened next was a blessing and a curse. In every interview, when the women asked me about my experience with ISH Music, I noticed that as I spoke, they leaned in, totally captivated by my story and experience. We never got to any of the other items listed on my resume.
In fact, the rest of the interview consisted of questions about places my husband and I had performed, tours, our music style, etc. They all asked for more information so that they could look up our website or YouTube channel. Some even mentioned that they wish they were bold enough to go after their dreams.
I left each interview feeling refreshed and motivated to work harder for my dream without giving up my time at a 9-5 job. I didn’t get a call saying that I was chosen for the job. I was kind of relieved, because I no longer wanted to work for anyone else. I wanted to continue on as an entrepreneur, but that meant experiencing a few more skinny months before greater results came about.
Seeing the excitement in the eyes of those people who were only hearing about my dream made me remember how great living it actually was. I also imagine that they purposely didn’t hire me, because they wanted me to continue living my dream, and maybe a little because they could sense that I didn’t really want to work for anyone else either.