'It ain't how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.'
Owning a small business is hard. It's really hard. But more often than not, it's rewarding. Many lessons I've learned thus far have been through Qustom Quinns. I've discovered more than just how to apply lipliner or sketch in colored pencil.
Not everyone is going to like you. They make chocolate and vanilla for a reason. People like different things. You don't exist solely to be well-liked. However, you do deserve to be well-respected. Accept that you and your company will not be embraced by everyone, but do not accept those that refuse to respect you. There are plenty of fish in the sea, so move along.
Be consistent. Creating a brand is something that requires much more than talent. Value quality over quantity, but understand that in order to build an audience you have to have a consistent product. Don't be afraid to experiment with the content you put out - it should be fun for you to make!
People will disappoint you. Many do not have your best interests at heart - in fact, they may have just the opposite. But, that's okay! Trust that there are more people out there that will support you and your endeavors. These people are the best and you should probably gift them a pony. At least.
Take risks. Everyone has an opinion. Oftentimes, you won't ask for it, but you'll receive their feedback anyway. Don't let the criticisms of a few keep you from taking risks with your business. You want to change the tone of your blog? Go for it. Willing to wear a more daring outfit for a post? Do it up. You are in charge.
As always, I'd love to hear what advice you've learned - comment below xx