I’ve been keeping a secret. You see, I’m trying something new, you guys. Something I’ve never done before. Something I have absolutely no experience doing. Something I pray becomes a successful business.
It all started 2 1/2 years ago, when I moved to New York. I was spending a decent mount of time with Quentin at his apartment, and I thought it would be nice to buy him some new sheets. His bedding collection was really just a mash up of navy blue, burgundy and gray separates. One of them was made of jersey material (yes, just like a jersey dress). So I started looking for sheets for Q’s bed…
A few weeks ago, I found some.
It took me two years to buy decent sheets for what had now become “our” bed, and I finally made a purchase out of what had become desperate necessity. Neither of us is really in love with our sheets. The print is super generic (one of them is literally just thin blue and white stripes) and the sheets themselves feel just okay.
Several times during my search for the perfect sheets, I remember saying to myself, “I wish I could just design my own,” but I never thought much of it. And then after looking back on my two-year ordeal, I started thinking about designing my own bedding. I started jotting down ideas. I came up with a name. And it was still nothing serious until I got the idea out of my head and started talking about it out loud. That’s when I started really thinking this could be real. Yesterday I bought a few domain names for my new business, and the next step is incorporation.
I didn’t plan on sharing my business idea with you all just yet because I don’t have any experience in design, or bedding, or home decor. But when I got the chance to partner with Ford and share the Switch It Up Series, I knew I had to tell you all at least this much. Switch It Up is a YouTube series dedicated to challenging experts to try something new, whether that’s a new hobby, a new food, going to somewhere you’ve never been, or launching a new business! In the spirit of the Switch It Up Series, I’m sharing my new business idea with all of you! It’ll be challenging to try something completely different, something I don’t have any experience with, but this is something I think I could be really good at! Just see the fun DIY in the most recent Switch It Up episode, now on YouTube: culinary expert Merrill Stubbs has no experience in design either, and she did fine!
It’s totally fine to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve learned that it can take a few tries before you find a business idea that really resonates with you and is something you can be passionate about and focus on and feels like a natural extension of your interests, and it may not be a business you’ve had any experience with before. Jessica Alba didn’t have any experience creating organic beauty products or safe household cleansers until she started The Honest Company, but she took a chance, filled a space where she saw a need, and now she’s at the helm of a billion-dollar business.
Everything is still so new, but I’m excited about switching things up a bit and making this idea a reality. This is a totally new space for me, but it feels so right! I can’t wait to tell you all more about this new phase.
Do you have any plans to “switch it up”? New career? Going back to school? Moving to a new city? I’d love to hear all about it…tell me in the comments!
Many thanks to Ford for sponsoring this post and selecting me to announce my new business idea while promoting the Switch It Up Series! As always, all opinions stated here are 100% original and 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that work with blogs like The Feisty House!
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