Calling All Future Entrepreneurs!
Júwon Enamel has partnered with Sam Davidson, CEO and Co-founder of Batch Nashville in the Nashville Farmers Market.
Sam has written a blog about how he tells entrepreneurs “Don’t Do It”, as in start a business of your own because he knows the struggles, risks, and time it takes for a business to succeed. He says this to paint a black and white picture without gray shades for those asking. He then goes on to say, “If I tell you how hard it is and you still are willing to take the risk, then you may have what it will take to truly succeed as an entrepreneur.”
Sam asked me if I could send over a written response to “Why- Why I chose to start my business? Why are these my values? Why do I do what I do?”
And that’s when I spurted out the whole story. Read my response below:
It’s the year 2016. I just completed my master’s in computer science, am a 3-year Metro Nashville Public School educator, and a newlywed.
I was extremely unhappy with Nashville’s educational practices and decided to go back to school to analyze data and make an impact in classrooms. I grew a passion for numbers, results, and visualization. A year later, after graduating, I found myself still searching for a data position within MNPS. Two years later and I found myself still searching for a position in the technology field, this time outside of MNPS. Fast forward to 3 years later, 2019, and I finally landed a data position that was willing to pay me more than my teaching salary (shocker, I know).
I had worked so hard to get to where I was by interviewing for numerous positions, updating my resume, and networking daily yet found myself unhappy. I wanted to impact lives, make my mark, fulfill my purpose which didn’t include sitting in front of a computer and coding results.
I had spent $30,000+ on a piece of paper from Lipscomb University to find myself unhappy. I was preaching that education was the most promising way to be successful to my students and had a narrow aspect of what I could do to find happiness and purpose while having financial stability.
In the midst of all this, year 2017, I wish I would’ve spent my money on my business and not my education. Don’t get me wrong. Education provides experience, interactions, diverse relationships, professional growth and I am thankful for all that I have been taught through-out my college years. However, the cost to complete higher education is a business that had failed me and left me on my own to figure things out once they were already paid in full.
I love my culture, practicing a healthy lifestyle, educating others, and of course nail polish. I’ve always had a love for nail polish. For my first job I was a receptionist at a local nail salon. I would change my polish color daily and loved the way it made me feel. I relied heavily on nail polish to keep me happy during the toughest of times. Removing and focusing on nail polish application was therapeutic for me and made me feel a lot better. One night I was sitting in my living room with my husband with my large box filled with a variety of nail polish colors and mentioned how I could’ve started a nail polish business with the money I spent on my master’s and that was how it all started.
I created Júwon Enamel which is a nail polish line that incorporates all things I value. It is nontoxic, includes my culture in the name, and is made for all regardless of religion.
“It isn’t about the way it looks, but the way it makes you feel.”
Thinking about staring your own business? Start by thinking about the "Why?" It's tough, but if your willing to sacrifice financial stability for a couple years and are disciplined enough to ensure you put work in then you should be good to go!
Want to read Sam’s full articles? Click here! https://batchusa.com/blogs/news/how-bad-do-you-want-it