I have no idea what I’m doing…
Did you think I dropped off the face of the earth?
Truth be told I kind of did.. I had a really rough autumn followed by a recovering winter. And now that it's Spring and the sun is shining, I feel more like myself.
You see this past fall I came down with a pretty intense case of Adultingitis. I think most people have come down with this at one point or another. It can start in your early twenties, although I was fortunate and really no symptoms till I was about 25 even then it only flared up maybe once a year.
So you can imagine my shock when October rolled around last year and I had come down with a full blown case of Adultingitis. It's a tricky sort state to be in. You're moseying along in your everyday life, working, paying the bills, just sort of going about the motions really. Getting your job done and seeing friends when you can. Then out of no where a GIANT dose of reality and subsequent shit storm rains all over your life parade.
This past autumn it seemed like I had a terminal case of Adultingitis. I'm going to be totally honest with you, I was worried I wouldn't recover.
Fortunately this winter in New England wasn't nearly as horrific as 2015's so I was able to hunker down and let time mellow things out.
Now that Spring is in full bloom I feel much better and am excited to announce that I have no idea what I'm doing! I've been trying for the better part of two years to navigate Rhode Islands laws and regulations for opening a small food based business and it seems that once I get to a point that I'm ready to jump in I find out that I've only scratched the surface of regulations and taxations that this the smallest state feels the need to bestow upon would be entrepreneurs.
That being said, I know tons of people have started businesses in the past and have succeeded tremendously (I actually work for an AMAZING company that was started about 15 years ago right here in RI! But more on that another time!) however I've never had a great head for business. And quite frankly given the choice I'd much rather be baking or decorating something over planning and projecting. So while it's taken me a few (LOL) years I've finally reached out to a few organizations that assist start up companies.
I started working with Score last year, it's pretty cool. Basically they set you up with a mentor, someone who's been in business and has the time to give you their honest feed back about the direction your taking. They also help to guide you as to what you'll need to start your business (including assistance with your states regulations, which I'm pretty sure could be a full time job!) things like a business plan, how to register your business, etc. Recently they've been holding a classes at the Providence Public Library and I'm excited to say that I've been able to attend most of them!
There's still one more class to attend an it's the big one in my opinion it's all about putting together a business plan. This has been my downfall for years. I get started, then get distracted either with work or cakes or something shiny, and I look up and it's 2016.
So that's it. That's where I've been and what I've been doing and hopefully a glimpse of what's to come (I see cost projections!).
Date Added: 05.25.16