One of the hardest things I’ve had to learn to handle lately is the fact that I can no longer single handedly carry the weight of Rhinestone Lipgloss. Not having any children, letting someone else into the world of RL is as close I will come to handing a child to a babysitter, or its first day of school. Having built this company from nearly nothing ($85 to be exact), the thought of someone not taking it as seriously as I do, not getting back to a customer quickly enough, or forgetting to order a certain stone needed for a custom order simply nauseates me- but trying to be the hero on my own is no longer an option.
Luckily I have been able to find a few ladies who believe in this adventure as much as I do, and teaching them how certain things are done here seems to have revealed more about how much I personally have to learn than they do! I have learned that I am NOT good at delegating, or correcting mistakes for fear of hurting their feelings, and my organizational skills leave much to be desired. There are all kinds of books about scaling a business, and I have read quite a few of them, but no one talks about the emotional side of things- if these were just some earrings that we bought wholesale and re sold, none of this would be an issue- but since each of them is hand created here, they all take a piece of me with them when they go off into the world to be worn by incredible women.
My role here at RL is transitioning, and I have quite the mixed feelings about it. As I continue to grow my company, I find that more and more of my time is spent in our design studio meeting with clients both in person and on Skype, designing earrings for special occasions, instead of running packages to the post office, organizing our inventory, or running the vacuum. The list of tasks I have already delegated, as well as those that I need to, continues to grow and become more scary to me- however I know its necessary in the growth of my company. If any of you are fighting this same battle, just know you’re not the only one, and at the end of the day, your sanity (and customers) will thank you for it .