Ok, so here's what happened
As far back as I can remember, I've had this unique combination of artist & entrepreneur.
I would hand paint models for days on end, taking breaks only to sell trading cards on the street. I was eleven.
In 2014 I fully expressed this by ditching college to create my first business.
FOUNDING AUTUMN SUMMER CO.
A broke 18 year old, I needed cash. An entrepreneur, I used my uncle's rusty tools in the shed to build some wooden pens to sell online.
These days looked like woodworking all day, website building, hitting the post office at 4:59pm... and the marketing/research grind each night.
Winning a small business competition helped us rent our first space.
But money was tight, and with under $100 in the bank that April, the clock was ticking.
Midway through the month we got a call for a rush order, along with a $2,500 check over night... and we kept on trucking.
The years that followed were a blur. A lot of hiring, many Christmas rushes, and a whole lot of learning.
Even though we were growing, I was burning out, and I knew it was time to make a decision.
Over 6 years, I grew a weekend craft show grind to a 10 person, multi-channel, (half million dollar) manufacturing company.