Top 5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Starting a Business

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Garish Gal has officially been in business 3 YEARS! I can’t tell you how exciting, but also shocking that is! It certainly does not feel like it has been three years, but I am excited to see where the next few years take GG.

I get asked a lot about what it is like to start a business. Everyone wants to know what the journey is like, but few actually want to put in the work it takes to do so. I thought I would put together a list of things that no one really talks about. I feel like everyone wants starting a business to sound like it is all roses and immediate success, but that isn’t always what it actually is. So here are the Top 5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Starting A Business!

1. You will Lose Sleep

Every time I get charged for a shipment, I have a mini panic attack. I worry if the customers will like the new merchandise and I worry if it will sell. There are many nights you can’t sleep because your mind is so focused on the business. There will be mornings (and I am NOT a morning person) that you wake up at 4am thinking about something you should be doing for the business instead of sleeping. Learn to shut it off. It took me a long time to learn this. If I am being honest, I am still learning. I could worry myself to death with all the things that need to get done, but I know that I have to carve out time for myself. So I make a list of the things I need to do by the end of the day, once those are completed I move the rest to tomorrow’s list. Don’t let it consume you and find an outlet to relieve the stress and pressure!

2. It’s Okay to Delegate

It is okay to be bad at certain things within your business. I think when we start a business we think we have to do it all to save money. I learned the hard way that in the long run I was hurting sales because I was trying to do things I don’t do well on my own. We all have weaknesses, but we all also have strengths. When we recognize where we are weak, we also recognize where we are strong. Hire the photographer, hire the accountant, hire the social media person, hire someone for your weaknesses so that you can build your strengths. Your business will thrive much better when you focus on what you are good at and hire others where you are weak. We can’t do it all and we don’t have to.

3. You will Sacrifice A LOT

People tend to think that if you own a small business you have a ton of money and you are making a ton of money. This could be farther from the truth. If you took all the hours you spent working on your small business, you would be the most underpaid person in the world. You have to sacrifice time–be it with family, friends, or from something you want to do. But all the sacrifice is totally worth it. The minute someone comes in and buys something they LOVE, it makes every sleepless night and all the long hours seem like nothing. It drives you through the times when you have to miss that party you really wanted to go to, or the concert everyone is at but you.

Sidenote–I am not saying you should sacrifice relationships for your business. Success is incredible, but we were build for relationship. There is nothing more lonely than achieving success and having no one to celebrate it with. That doesn’t just mean partner, but friends and family as well! When you are surrounded by good people, your success actually increases. So make sure your tribe is one that uplifts and supports your dream!

4. It takes HARD WORK

As a millennial, I constantly hear how we are notorious for not being hard workers. Owning a business will throw that out the door. I grew up surrounded by hard workers–my parents and my grandparents taught us to work our tails off. I am so grateful for that because I see SO many people think they can start a successful business by doing the bare minimum. I see business after business fold because people don’t want to put in the work. The old adage you get out of it what you put into it holds true. It takes a lot of work to make a business thrive and there will be times when you don’t want to do the work. When that happens I promise you will immediately see the consequence of that laziness. So prove them wrong–show them that as a millennial you can work hard and drive a successful business. Otherwise, you are just wasting time and money!

5. It will be the Most Rewarding thing You Do

There is no better feeling than seeing my business have successes. I don’t like to say Garish Gal is successful, I like to say she has successes. Every day is different and every day is a challenge. There will be failures, or as I like to call them lessons learned. Don’t let them keep you from going after your dream. I remember before I started GG I told a boy I liked that I was starting a business. His response was “really are you smart enough and do you have enough money for that?” It almost stopped me from starting GG altogether. I remember thinking he was so right I am not smart enough, after all I was only 22. I had started reading a book by Brene Brown and she made some statements that stopped me in my tracks.

“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.

Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.

A lot of cheap seats in the arena are filled with people who never venture onto the floor. They just hurl mean-spirited criticisms and put-downs from a safe distance. The problem is, when we stop caring what people think and stop feeling hurt by cruelty, we lose our ability to connect. But when we’re defined by what people think, we lose the courage to be vulnerable. Therefore, we need to be selective about the feedback we let into our lives. For me, if you’re not in the arena getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” (Brown, 2012)

So I started Garish gal knowing that I might not have enough money (that’s what SBA loans are for) and that I might not be smart enough, but I had to get in the arena and try. I get to learn new things when I encounter something I am “not smart enough” for, and get to grow and stretch into a better business woman daily. Get in the arena, it will be the most rewarding thing you have ever done.

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Books to Bring to the Beach

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For some of our shoppers, Spring Break time is upon us! While I am not going on any Spring Break trips (sigh) I always love when I see posts about books people have read and LOVED.

I took my own little vacation earlier this year to Florida. All I packed in my suitcase: books & bikinis. I am an introvert and LOVE my alone time. So I packed my bag full of books and bikinis and headed to the beach. I couldn’t have asked for a better combination.

Here are some of my favorite recent reads that you can take with you to the beach, or just a comfy spot on the couch if you are having a staycation!

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I loved this thriller! She definitely keeps you guessing to the end. There are twists and turns at every corner. I read a lot of books like this and ended up figuring it out about midway through. There were a few surprises that I didn’t see coming! This one is for sure a must read–you literally feel every range of emotion!

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In a Dark, Dark Woods by Ruth Ware

I LOVED this book. It starts out a little slow, but then has you FREAKING out the entire rest of the book. It was one of those you were REALLY trying to figure out what was going on because it was SO messed up. I could not put this book down, once it got going, it was a crazy rollercoaster! Great fast and suspenseful read!

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The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

This was hands down my favorite that I have read in a while. I was actually so scared at one point, I had to stop reading! The suspense and story line was SO intense. You had NO idea what was going to happen next, who was good or bad, or if the main character was even alive!! This is a must read and one your really need to read in one setting. This Book Binge is better than a Netflix binge, I promise!

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

This one really threw me! I usually can predict what is going to happen in suspense thrillers, but I totally didn’t see this ending coming, which made it even more fun to read. This one really messes with your head. It travels backwards through the plot line leaving you trying to figure out what will happen next. I can’t say I loved how it ended, but it was for sure an interesting read.

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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

As someone who literally watches Investigation Discovery channel EVERY SINGLE DAY, loves history, and listens nonstop to true crime podcasts, this was a great real life tale of the man considered to be America’s First Serial Killer. The fact that he killed SO many people and was able to get away with it still blows my mind. I also love the mix of building the city up while another person was breaking the city down. It also follows the architects that worked extremely hard to build up Chicago in time for the World’s fair, meanwhile H H Holmes is using the World’s Fair to murder people! My sister lives in Chicago and I had never heard of H H Holmes until I read this! It is a slower read, but truly fascinating.

For the #BossBabes….

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Do the KIND thing by Danial Lubetzky

I loved reading this book. It was a great read if you have your own business, want to have your own, or looking to pursue your passion. Garish Gal is a socially responsible company as we donate 10% of profits to education based nonprofit organizations (mainly Project 117 in Haiti). The whole idea of KIND as a company is AND meaning that you can sell something great AND have a socially responsible mission. He talks a lot about how to create a successful business after failure, which I think all business owners need to read about!

Look cute while posted up with a good book —>

This black distressed tunic is a boutique fave! Only a few sizes left, so make sure you get yours ASAP!
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Let me know which reads are your favorites in the comments!

 

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M

 

 

 

Garish Gal is TWO!!

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Two years of being in business. 

I would be lying through this keyboard if I said that statement doesn’t bring tears to my eyes. Owning a business is the best and hardest thing I have ever done. The sacrifices and stress seem to be endless, but then again so do the rewards.

When I started my business, I had really low self esteem. I was coming off of some major life changes and honestly didn’t know who I was or what I wanted. In the back of my head I had this aching feel that I wasn’t smart enough to do this. That I wasn’t good enough & that I was wasting my time and money.

Garish Gal has so proved me wrong in so many ways, but I think this is the most important. Not only has Garish Gal given me confidence I didn’t know possible, but it gives other women confidence. I started the business with the intention of reaching out to the outcast–that person who doesn’t necessarily mesh with what society or a small town says is acceptable. I guess I have always been that person–usually described as weird, or as I like to think, Garish.

I love when a woman comes into Garish Gal for the first time and finds something she loves, but is scared to try. There’s nothing quiet like that moment when she comes out of the fitting room and sees herself for the first time. That moment she realizes she looks great & can rock that which seemed impossible a few minutes before. She walks out of that little enclosed cargo trailer, bag in hand, with a new found confidence in her heart.

That to me, is worth everything. 

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I want to thank everyone who has made Garish Gal what it is today. I don’t have the capacity to thank every single person in this post, but if I could I SO would.

Allie Ault, I don’t know what I would have done this year without your help! You love my business like I do & that is so incredibly special to me.

Marlee, you little beauty you, I love that I have such a great ambassador modeling Garish Gal clothes on the website. You saved me from having to do it myself (which I HATED) so I am forever grateful.

My Mom, Dad, & Grandpa for being my drivers, stand in help, support, and advisors. The moment I told you all I wanted to start a business, you were there offering any help AND you still are. I demand a lot and you all have an amazing way of meeting those demands no questions asked. I love you all to the moon & back a billion times.

I know I am forgetting people, so I am sorry if I miss you! BUT know I am beyond grateful for you!

LAST, but certainly not least, Thank YOU –all of my amazing customers. There wouldn’t have been a year 2 if you weren’t so supportive of GG! To thank you, use promo code 2CUTE for 30% off all day today.  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Praying for another amazing year of blessings & success! Thanks for allowing me to do what I truly love. 


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xo-

M

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Mother’s Day Must Haves

Mother’s Day is RIGHT around the corner & it’s time to find the perfect present for our “No I don’t need anything” mothers!

Let me tell you about my momma!

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She’s my best friend, my twin, my biggest supporter, and my sounding board. She is a strong leader and extremely driven. Whenever I need advice about Garish Gal, she is the first person I call. Her faith is silent and strong, which I love. Her job takes her out of the country quiet a bit and it has made me realize JUST how much I lean on her! She somehow always finds a way to skip sleep and calm my fears even when she’s half way across the globe! She is humble and an introvert–so she’s going to HATE that I posted about her! Needless to say, she is everything I hope to be someday.

I’ve been blessed to have multiple STRONG women in my life. The older I get, the more I realize how lucky I am to be surrounded by such amazing, talented, & loving women.

My mom is the HARDEST person to shop for because if she wants something she purchases it herself! It drives me nuts. Fortunately for me, she wears A LOT of Garish Gal, so I have a few ideas in mind for this years!

Hopefully this guide will help you make your gift giving seamless & easy!

  1. Gift Card– This is the EASIEST gift. Gift your mom a Garish Gal eGift Card by going online and purchasing one! It’s literally that easy. This one is great for dads & sons–the mothers in your life will love it!
  2. Cocoon Cardigan– This is a great gift because it is very easy to wear! Wear to work, over a Summer dress, or with a tank & jeans for a casual look! This cardigan is super versatile and can be worn all year long!

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3. Chevron Fair Trade Necklace– This is the best selling item for Garish Gal. My own mom has it in both colors and wears them at least twice a week! I even steal her gold one from time to time! This necklace is made by female artisans at a fair trade co-op in India! What an awesome way to celebrate women!

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4. Classic Cool Cuff– This is a fun option. Your mom already has the above necklaces in both colors, so check out these really cool (fair trade) adjustable cuffs! These are great because they fit wrists of all sizes!

5. Small-Town Indiana Love– Most of my readers are from Indiana like me! I love this small town Indiana shirt specially after tragedy hit my small town a month ago & I was reminded of just how much I really do LOVE my small Indiana town.  This top is the perfect way to show your small town pride! **These are locally made in Kokomo,Indiana!

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P.S–If you want a direct link to buy these products, just click on the picture! Easy as that!

Happy Shopping & Happy Mother’s Day, Mommas!

xo-

M

 

5 Spring Trends to Try

Thankfully, Spring is right around the corner! It’s time to test the trends and see what works best for your lifestyle! Check out the fun new trends for Spring/Summer 2016!

Pastel Plaids– I love that the plaid trend has carried over from fall! I love plaid and am obsessing over the pastel version of plaids that I am seeing. The super cute, flirty version Garish Gal has is great for Spring & Summer! This dress that is coming in May is another super fun pastel plaid!

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Chambray– One of the most comfortable fabrics around, Chambray has quickly become a highly transitional trend! We saw a little of this last fall, but you will see EVEN MORE Chambray for Spring/Summer. This jacket is a perfect way to carry the trend from Spring, to chilly Summer nights, and even into Fall! I also really love the Chambray dress coming in May–it is for sure another great transitional piece!

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Off the Shoulder- Whether it is done in a super cute top or a flirty dress, off the shoulder is going to be everywhere this Spring & Summer! Garish Gal has two versions in a top that has really sold amazingly! The floral version is a great way to bring pattern and color into your wardrobe, whereas, the striped version is tried and true black and white! I really love both! Garish Gal will also have an all white dress hitting the website and the truck in May! It is STUNNING & I can’t wait of you all to see it! Off the shoulder always comes off as subtly sexy to me–which is always fun 😉

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Fine Lines– If you are like me, you struggle to wear stripes! So the thought of stripes being a big trend for the Spring/Summer is less than thrilling. However, I have found that smaller “fine” stripes and/or stripes that are elongating rather than around are much more flattering! Currently, GG has an amazing striped black and white blouse that is great for work or a night out! There is also a super cute Summer style coming in May that is a great way to rock this trend. This sweater with fine lines in french terry fabric is a great layering piece that I have been living in lately as well!

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Pajama Dressing– Not going to lie–If I could I would wear PJs alllllll day everyday! So the idea of Pajama dressing is slinky, comfortable, yet fashionable looks! A good example of this is this super comfortable and feminine lingerie like dress that is coming in May. A current top selling dress that also embodies the sexy PJ all day look is this emerald green Embeth dress with a small cut out in the bust (The picture is the red version as I just received this piece in and haven’t posted on the site yet! It is the same color as the Nanna Dress)! If you are like me and tend to wear giant t-shirts to bed, Jolene is the perfect way to embody this trend!

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Check out the “Find The Boutique” calendar to come try out these looks and update your wardrobe!

Happy Shopping!

xo-

Maggie