Saturday, February 8, 2014

Being Brave

We Bought a Zoo

It feels like lately we, as a family, and I, personally, have been pretty brave.  We were pretty brave when we packed up our U-Haul and left our family and the only town we've known to move to Utah for Kevin to go to school.  To leave a good job, and have me be our sole income with typing.  Brave to face the unknown together, and get Landon ready for surgery (which he didn't have!  I'll finish that post eventually).  And now, I'm being brave by buying a business - the same typing business of the woman I've worked for and together with for almost 4 years now.  Me!! I always said I would never want the responsibility of owning my own business, the marketing, the rejection, the pricing of goods - it all just seemed very overwhelming.


But in the past few months, it's really begun to feel like the right option.  I talked with Brenda, and she had been feeling the same way!  She has not been in good health and sitting for hours at a time is very hard on her.  So after discussions, we've decided that it's time for me to carry on the torch!  I'm very, very excited.  But also terrified, and anxious, and humbled all at once.  Because this isn't something that I'm dabbling in, or working for other companies - this is inheriting, and carrying on a company 18 years in the making.  With clients, and bills, and contractors, and a reputation that's been established, that I'm going to attempt to take over and improve!  You know what's funny is that the part that scares me the most is the pricing of my product.  I can't explain it.  It's not overpriced.  But the idea of selling something for a profit that is non-negotiable is just kind of hard for me.  Like I said, I can't explain it, but I'll get used to it.

So in about a month, I will add business owner to my other titles of mom, wife, typist, Mormon.  I guess I should say we, since Kevin will be right there with me and it's his money too that's going to buy it, and he will be my accountant, marketer, and manager.  I will go to business mingling events.  I will put on my spanx and my big girl shoes and professional clothes, and I will pass out business cards with my name on it.  Not just to sound important, but so that my business will gain more clients.  I hope we succeed.  I hope we do more than that since we're being so brave.  I really hope we are freaking awesome.  


5 comments:

amber kumar said...

You go Becky!! Just FYI, I do graphic design and can help with anything of the sort. Well... not websites, but logos, coupons, just any kind of branding. And I work for cheap if it's for my friends :) You don't have to use me, but I wanted you to know I can help if you need it :)

Tiffany said...

You ARE freaking awesome! Love you sis - you will do great!

Leigh Leaming said...

I have left two comments already and none have posted...grrrr

You will do great because you are YOU. You're full of energy (too much some times), and you have youth and new ideas to offer. I absolutely love that you are taking over this business.

Congrats to you both...now back to the report I am typing :0)

Leigh

Brad and Erica said...

Way to go!!! We are excited for you and this new adventure! Love you guys!!!!

Annette Fontana said...

Buying a business can be overwhelming for new owners, but It shouldn't be a hindrance to running it well! Among the problems that can be encountered are potential legal questions, so it's never a bad idea to seek the advice of a lawyer to make sure the sale was legal. Remember, it's better to be safe than be sorry! Good luck on your new business!
Annette Fontana @ forumlaw.com.au