Hey Y’all! Amanda here––owner of Whistle & Wild Online Boutique. Now if you would’ve told me last year that I would quit my full-time job to start up my own business…
Well, I would have probably believed you, but would still have had some major doubts.
You see, it was right after Black Friday and into the holiday season when I was working in retail management, just as I have been for many years. I loved my job, I mean really loved it. I stood with the company on so many things and besides the daily redundancy, I really had no major complaints. So why would I quit?
There is a drive. A force. A burning desire within me that I’ve always had. I’ve always dreamt of having my own boutique but the timing was never right.
And then it was.
Fast forward to the end of December 2015, everyone is making their new year’s resolutions and I stumbled upon mine: I will own my own business, I will be my own boss, and I will put into it all the hard work necessary to succeed.
Months later, after researching legalities, selling permits, and business entities, Whistle & Wild was born. The boutique launched on September 26, 2016, and since its opening day, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.
“I choose to believe that having faith in what you do is crucial for a great outcome.”
Things I have learned thus far:
1) When you quit your job, it is not a walk in the park. Bills don’t stop and neither does your desire for new things. So a part time job may be necessary.
2) Being able to motivate yourself is THE most important thing. Just because you quit your full-time gig doesn’t mean you can sleep in until 11:00am. Get up, get moving. You will thank me later.
3) If someone doesn’t email you back it isn’t the end of the world. Let me explain. I have been hustling and grinding: calling and emailing local businesses to see if they can host an event or collaborate with us in some way. I probably have sent over 300+ emails and have maybe only heard back from about 10. Am I going to get upset by that? Hell no. If someone doesn’t get back to me that’s their loss, I just keep my head up. Plus, what’s the worst thing they can say: no? That doesn’t mean I’ll stop because I won’t.
4) Even though you own an online boutique, local community is so very important. Never underestimate the power of great blogger friends and local events.
The future holds a lot for Whistle & Wild and I choose to believe that having faith in what you do is crucial for a great outcome. I came from a very small town and my parents worked hard, sometimes multiple jobs and that is what gives me my drive. Some days I may not have any sales at all, and others I am inundated with orders. Peaks and valleys, just like life. I just choose to handle it with some good tunes, and a glass of wine.
Amanda Nelson is founder and owner of Whistle & Wild. She currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and a chocolate lab who she admits is spoiled more than most dogs. She can be found exploring new places, enjoying country music, or spending time with God. See Amanda’s vision come to life on Instagram and Facebook, and shop uniquely curated fashion on Whistle & Wild. Bonus points if you have a glass of wine in hand.
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