What I Learned from Starting my Business in my 20's

If you would have told 18 year old me, that she would be running her own business at 27, she probably would have laughed in your face! I was a shy, insecure kid who was going to college to pursue a career in nursing. She was depressed, miserable, and did not want to do nursing.

To past the time I created a blog to pursue my love for make up and fashion. Little did I know that at 27 years old I would be more self-assured, assertive, had a business mind that led her to create her own business. My love for makeup and fashion led me to dive deeper into blogging, which led me to learn more about photography and graphic design. That knowledge led me to create a business based around a need for photography for women of color and graphic design for the not so graphic designer. 

Over a year ago I decided to make the decision to really pursue my passion. Although I had no knowledge of business, I did however have a passion. A passion so strong that I took the leap of faith and just went for it. I created my She Bold Stock membership and my stock photography services  with just an idea. From there it has expanded to something I am truly proud of. I want to share with you the success and lessons I've learned along the way.

1 Year in Success

Remember: My success will look different from your success. Not all success is created equally if that was the case then we would all be some gorgeous millionaires, ladies! 

All of this came with time. A lot of blood, sweat, and lots of tears went into this. There were times where I wanted to give up. Time's where I felt like I would never succeed. I was doubtful but as of right now I finally feel myself above water after feeling like I would drown any second! Here are several tips I've learned in my 1 year of starting my own business in my 20's.

It takes actual work!

You can run your business any way you like but hard work has to be one of the biggest tip when starting your business. I worked on it every day. When I got off from my job, I would (and still do) come home and work on my business. I eat, sleep, breathe my work because I know that in the long run it will pay off. When you first start a business, you will have to put in the work in order to reap the benefits later on. Soon you will be able to just sit back (just a tad) and let your business run it's self especially if you have a membership like me. You will be able to take those vacations and take those days off that you worked so hard on in the past to receive. So I know it may seem scary but set yourself some time out of your busy day (maybe at the beginning or end of your day) and get something in your business done. 

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The little things matter!

Carrying on from the point about by making time through out your day to work on your business you will see results. I highly recommend you set goals. Create the content, reply to that email, work on that course. Learn that new  skill to help your business run better. Every little area in your business will improve when you take at least 1 step a day. 

Batch  and make a theme around your days so that you can have a main focus for the day. Work on the hard stuff first and work your way down. Set at least 1-3 goals a day from hardest to easiest. Usually the hardest part is just starting, so start somewhere.

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Write down your successes (big or small)

Because we work so hard and create goals for our business we often forget that we are successful in more ways than we think. Keep a list of your achievements. Whether it's just starting a business, got a new client, or even just coming up with a business idea after months of lingering on it. Write it all down so that you can remind yourself on the days where you want to 

Focus on what you are good at!

Remember you don't need to do all of the things! I wanted to create courses, ebooks, workbooks, and so much more! But when I look at my time and where it mainly is there is just no way right now working a job and doing this on the side that I can even imagine doing "all the things." Instead I'm making sure I excel at creating amazing stock photos and graphics for my shop and membership. I'm learning new techniques and perfecting what I know and love. In order to get loyal clients and customers make sure people know exactly what it is that you do. People get overwhelmed with too many options leave the guess work out of it and create 1-3 options for your clients and customers. 

Take a Rest, You deserve it!

Lastly it's highly recommend to take time off. As entrepreneurs we may feel guilty for doing this but it is essential to running a successful business. I would go all in one month and get totally burnt out and stop for  a good 2-3 even 4 weeks! I know for sure that stunted my growth. That's why I have decided to take time to spend off line. You don't have to have a big launch every single month, you don't have to constantly change up the way your run your business. Make sure that your day-to-day operations is running smoothly. On days off respond to emails, connect with people on social media for a couple of minutes throughout the day, check to see if your website is running smoothly, etc.  Remember it is ok to take a rest and recoup so that you can get back into the swing of things!

Running a business is completely different than going to a job and working for 8 or more hours a day. It requires time, focus, and dedication. Rome wasn't built in a day and the same can be said about your business. Keep going, never give up, and find like minded people that will be with you on this new and exciting journey. 

Advice on starting a business in your 20's

What I learned from starting my business in my 20's


  1. This was a great read! I, too, launched my business in my 20s so I can relate to a lot of this!

    xx, Danielle | www.pineappleandprosecco.com

  2. These are really great tips. Thanks for sharing! First time going to your site, but it sounds like you are rocking it in the business world!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this. I definitely agree with how important it is to count the wins. I feel like I immediately jump to the next thing I have to get done, versus celebrating the successes. Thank you!
    Xo, Ashley / https://thehoneyscoop.com/5-pairs-of-cute-shoes-you-can-walk-to-class-in/

  4. Love your tips! Setting goals & reminding yourself of your successes are definitely important! Congrats on being able to do something you love!


  5. Yes! I can so relate to this. I started my business at 29 and had so many mistakes and "failures" starting out but they were all great learning experiences. Now I am in my 30s and STILL make mistakes, but I am more calculated now and can see such growth and I finally take time to celebrate my own success!

    Becky Seager | WKNDR design

  6. This is great! Being reminded of what your wins are big or small is such a good tip - I tend to get stuck in what I feel I haven't accomplished yet.

  7. Congratulations. You are an inspiration to young women out there who are still unsure of what they want to do with their life. I started going in to business late in life because I thought a corporate job was the way to financial success. I was so wrong! Running a business and being your own boss is more fulfilling!