an Experience I won’t Forget

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Creating art is what helps me get through most things in life. So as we transition from one business to the next and transition from being location dependent to location independent, the writer in me will become very active.

We are in the unknown, but I am very familiar with this space. It’s a time of uncertainty. Just like when Heather and I moved to PA. We had a goal, but didn’t know how everything was going to play out. As a matter of fact, a film is what brought us here, but that didn’t exactly go as planned. Another surprise that came about was our business – Dogs, Cats & Rock n Roll.

At that point in my life, I was determined to be my own boss. I tried starting a business a few years back, but ended up failing. I wasn’t crushed, simply because I was so used to failure. So, when Dogs, Cats & Rock n Roll blew up, it took us by surprise.

There was no intention of settling in PA, but with our pet business growing, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. I’m certainly glad we didn’t. I was able to explore another part of my identity, a part that has been wanting to emerge for quite some time. The entrepneur in me was finally awake.

I look back and the three things that have impacted me the most are traveling, clairvoyant training and running a business. When you travel  you get to meet different people with different beliefs, that have a different way of doing things. You tend to open your mind more and gain a better understanding of the world, yourself and others. Clairvoyant training for me was a year long journey of self discovery. Restoring confidence in myself and my dreams was a big deal. And then running a business… When you run a business you really learn about responsibility. If something is going right, you have yourself to thank, but if something is going wrong, there is no one else to blame. It all rides on you. That may sound terrifying, but I prefer it that way.

What I have learned from this experience is that business is all about relationships. Without my wife, our clients, the employees and pets – there wouldn’t have been a business.

I’m sure some people look at me and think, wow, how does a guy with a face tattoo run a business? To be honest, my tattoos never got in the way of me getting a job or landing a client. As a matter of fact, our business name and my tattoos probably helped attract some clients rather than hurt our chances.

I won’t forget the first time we landed a client, the time we legally registered our business, the time we needed to acquire management software, the time when we needed another car because we were getting so busy, the time we signed our lease to our apartment because we finally were making enough to fully support ourselves with the business, the first time we did our taxes, the time we hired our first employee and our last day of dog walking. I won’t forget.

-Andrew

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