It Takes a Village

If you would just spot me walking down the street in my high heels, black skirt and highlighted hair down my back you would never guess my past history..  “You have been where” is the most common question when I reveal I was in the military and served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I was a combat engineer, helped build a bridge, drove in convoys across Iraq, cleared weapons caches and did security missions.  We all hear that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and as I approach my 30th birthday I realize that is a lesson bigger than me. I giggle at Chelsea’s blog Some Call Me Crazy because she is kind of well….crazy!  Working a job that isn’t even close to nine to five but more a 24/7 sort of life.  She sits on her iPhone during most conversations and her best friend has become her beloved MacBook but no matter the hours she has passion for what she does.  It isn’t work…to her.

After returning from Iraq, I didn’t know what my next step was.  Do I start a 9-5 job, stay in the military OR use my new found skills and start a business of my own.  Graduating with a business degree, I thought I knew all there was to know about starting, operating and owning a business.  Hearing gun shots, IED’s and mortars couldn’t have prepared me for the knock-down-drag-out life of a business owner.  I loved being creative, marketing, hiring and firing but it takes a village to run a business effectively.  Knowledge and experience of others is something that you have to take advantage of. The lessons I have learned through the process have taught me to be a strong, independent and knowledgeable female.  If you are thinking of starting a business, do it!  But make sure you have a village of support.

Marketing your business and making it the business of choice to potential customers is one of the most important investments you can make.  Having part of that village being marketing support, will save you dollars and headaches in the end.  Find that someone that is your sounding board and can help spread your message to your niche and to the world.

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