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A realistic look @ the trials & tribulations of owning a business. Because we all wonder if we have what it really takes. Posts by @michelle_palmer17

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what_it_really_takes's Media: I was going to post about marketing tactics, but when I sat down to write, this post basically flow

I was going to post about marketing tactics, but when I sat down to write, this post basically flowed out of me in 20 minutes. It’s deeply honest and raw and personal. I hate talking about money but I know that the choices I’ve made have led me to where I am and I need to be accountable in order to make changes. I have no regrets, but these have been some pretty tough lessons to learn. And one thing I know for sure is that I am not alone. If you have made desperate financial choices for your business and feel like you’re stuck, I’m right there with you. If you managed to climb out of a pit of debt, please share your wisdom. And if you have a few thousand dollars lying around that you’d consider lending me...(Kidding. Kind of 😉) Link in bio.

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what_it_really_takes's Media: At a restaurant while my daughter is at her extra-curricular activities. Working through dinner, be

At a restaurant while my daughter is at her extra-curricular activities. Working through dinner, because it’s what we do. Have to produce both a profit and loss AND balance sheet for 2017 to a potential lender by end of day TOMORROW. I am admittedly terrible at administrative work and incredibly disorganized, (I mean, just LOOK at my desktop!) so this is probably going to kill me. #whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoustronger #entrepreneur #spaowner #ladyboss #help #howdoidothis

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what_it_really_takes's Media: I have a lot on the go right now. Trying to keep a spa running at the tail end of the slowest perio

I have a lot on the go right now. Trying to keep a spa running at the tail end of the slowest period of the year, running a free personal care program for parents of critically and terminally ill children, and just this week I launched my line of handmade nail polishes, @beahappygirlto , for sale online. I forgot completely that somewhere in there, I had planned to write another blog post. Rather than become overwhelmed, I’m just going to own it, and let you all know that I’m working on it. Learning to navigate these waters isn’t easy, but the adrenaline rush is certainly addictive! 😉

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what_it_really_takes's Media: My planner says ‘I Am Very Busy’. Which I thought was cheeky and on the nose. I like it, but today,

My planner says ‘I Am Very Busy’. Which I thought was cheeky and on the nose. I like it, but today, I realized it has become a mantra of sorts. A self-fulfilling prophecy, if you will. I keep looking at this thing that is supposed to keep me organized and it’s telling me I’m busy and I don’t even want to open it to see the reality of that. So, I took some of the stickers from inside and made a few adjustments. Much better. #sobusy #bosslady #entrepreneur #spaowner #hustle #perspective #focus #dontstopgetitgetit #growthmindset

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what_it_really_takes's Media: I used to manage the office of a wholesale bakery. One day they brought in a new Director of Operat

I used to manage the office of a wholesale bakery. One day they brought in a new Director of Operations who was not only really good with numbers, but also an expert on developing inventory systems and protocol. I learned so many things from him that I apply to my business every day, and our time working together was not only brief (I left that position shortly after he was hired), but this was almost 10 years ago. He taught me not only how to valuate products and services, but also how to measure profit and loss. We were dealing in cookies and cupcakes back then, but the lessons I learned can be applied anywhere. Next week on the blog I’ll discuss some of the pricing and marketing strategies I have used and some of the lessons I have learned along the way.

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what_it_really_takes's Media: Read all about how a visit from the fire department, fire code violations, frequent basement floodi

Read all about how a visit from the fire department, fire code violations, frequent basement flooding, and subsequent landlord troubles forced me to make some scary and risky decisions for my business on this week’s post, ‘Making A Case For A Lawyer, Pt. 2’. If I can live through it, anyone can. Link in bio.

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what_it_really_takes's Media: This week’s post is *almost* ready - in Making a Case For A Lawyer Pt. 2, I tell the story of how w

This week’s post is *almost* ready - in Making a Case For A Lawyer Pt. 2, I tell the story of how what started with a visit from the fire department culminated in a termination of my lease and moving our shop literally in the middle of the night. Stay tuned! #entrepreneur #bosslady #spabiz #spaowner #smallbusiness #smallbiz

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what_it_really_takes's Media: I’m away for the weekend with my daughter. A little mommy-daughter quality time. Except, I’m not st

I’m away for the weekend with my daughter. A little mommy-daughter quality time. Except, I’m not still lying in bed because I’m being lazy and relaxing - I’ve been lying here for the past hour texting employees, paying bills, and posting on social media in the hopes of filling up our available appointment spots for the day because we had a billion cancellations. This is what an entrepreneur’s vacation looks like. Don’t worry, I’m spending the rest of the day offline, but you gotta do what you gotta do, especially when you’re the only one who can do it. #reality #entrepreneur #thatsmallbusinesslife #spaowner #hustle #bossonvacation

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what_it_really_takes's Media: It has taken me a long time to learn who I am as a business person, and I’m still not totally there

It has taken me a long time to learn who I am as a business person, and I’m still not totally there yet. I used to think I was an esthetician who owned a spa, and what I now know is that I’m actually an entrepreneur who happens to also be an esthetician. When I made peace with that, so many other things fell into place for me. #entrepreneur #spaowner #smallbusiness #esthetician #beyourself #unapologetic #selfawareness #bosslady

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what_it_really_takes's Media: I didn’t have a lawyer when I first opened my business almost 5 years ago. In this week’s post, ‘Ma

I didn’t have a lawyer when I first opened my business almost 5 years ago. In this week’s post, ‘Making a Case For A Lawyer, Part 1’ you can read all about why that was a big mistake. A mistake I am grateful to have survived and learned from. Link in bio. #spaowner #entrepreneur #ladyboss #smallbusinessstories #smallbusiness #thestruggleisreal #liveandlearn

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what_it_really_takes's Media: Recognize those people who have always been willing to take that bus with you. Keep them close. Tur

Recognize those people who have always been willing to take that bus with you. Keep them close. Turn to them. They are invaluable on this journey. #entrepreneur #qotd #smallbusiness #spaowner #bosslady #hustle

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what_it_really_takes's Media: Top pic was what my original location looked like when I signed the lease. Bottom pic was 6 weeks l

Top pic was what my original location looked like when I signed the lease. Bottom pic was 6 weeks later after 12 hours a day, 6 days a week of absolute back-breaking DIY labour. This was almost 5 years ago and the journey I have been on since then has been nothing short of mind-blowing. Read about how it all began and all the good, bad, and ugly that followed in my new blog (link in bio). #spaowner #entrepreneur #livingmytruth #bosslady #nothingworthitcomeseasy #ificandoityoucandoit

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what_it_really_takes's Media: Choosing to walk inside my story. Unapologetically. Try it, you’ll love it. 🙂
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Choosing to walk inside my story. Unapologetically. Try it, you’ll love it. 🙂 #perfectlyimperfect #entrepreneur #spaowner #smallbusinessowner #liveandlearn #growthmindset

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what_it_really_takes's Media: In my first blog post today, I talked about the beginnings of my business and the lengths I had to

In my first blog post today, I talked about the beginnings of my business and the lengths I had to go to make it happen. This is just some photographic evidence of the fact that I was truly just flying by the seat of my pants. And that lovely goose-egg? I was on hour 11 of pulling nails out of my floor with a crowbar and I slipped. Smacked myself square in the forehead with said crowbar. Thank god for bangs, because I had to conduct my very first interview the next day. Read more in the blog - link in bio! #ow #thehustleisreal #likeaboss #ipretendiknowwhatimdoing #liveandlearn

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what_it_really_takes's Media: Sometimes you eat a chocolate bar for lunch. At 4pm. #perfectlyimperfect #livingmytruth #bosslady #

Sometimes you eat a chocolate bar for lunch. At 4pm. #perfectlyimperfect #livingmytruth #bosslady #theglamourouslife

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what_it_really_takes's Media: Hi friends! Thanks for following - I have been wanting to launch this project for a while now and I

Hi friends! Thanks for following - I have been wanting to launch this project for a while now and I’m finally taking the leap. I am by no means a writer, but I definitely have stories to tell. I published my first blog post today (link in bio). It’s not perfect, but neither am I. It’s a start though, and it makes me happy to be able to share my stories with you all. #entrepreneur #smallbusinessstories #lifeishardworkharder

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what_it_really_takes's Media: Owning a business is hard. Most days I don’t believe I have what it really takes to do this. But I

Owning a business is hard. Most days I don’t believe I have what it really takes to do this. But I do it anyways, and hope I don’t make a complete mess of everything. And 5 years after I started, I’m still in business, so I can’t be doing everything wrong. We all go through really shitty days, and yet we are so inclined to only talk about our victories. This page (and my upcoming blog) will acknowledge the fact that sometimes we make massive mistakes, endure seemingly insurmountable hardships, and have days where we just want to walk away from it all. And these moments do not make us failures. We have what it really takes. #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife #smallbusiness #womeninbusiness #hustle

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