After dreaming and scheming for nearly 5 years, I can finally call myself a small business owner. It still doesn't feel quite real when I say it (or type it) out loud, but I know deep down that it's very real indeed. I spent a long time hemming and hawing over whether I would be worthy enough or savvy enough to own my own business, be my own boss. With enough encouragement from my family and friends, though, I made the exciting--and terrifying--leap into self-employment this spring. Walking away from a salaried job with health benefits, a 401k, etc. is really hard, but always wondering what could have been is even harder.

The process of becoming my own boss has been incredibly challenging and rewarding all at the same time. Trying to establish yourself as a small business owner is a lot tougher than it looks. Navigating the bureaucracy and paperwork alone brought me to tears more than once. Once I started connecting with makers and other small business owners, though, I was overwhelmed by the largely positive response. Other small business owners were happy to give me guidance and support, and the dozen or so makers I reached out to were more than willing to take a chance on a brand new venture like Scout & Arrow. I couldn't believe it. I had to pinch myself. 

I continue to be amazed and inspired by the kind words I get from strangers and loved ones alike. I know I'm not the first to say it, but there's no greater joy than waking up each day, knowing you get to do what you love. For me, that's sharing my love of handmade goods and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy!

Photo credit  Jake Gee

Photo credit Jake Gee