April has been an interesting month full of change for us. My business partner decided to retire so I am now the sole owner of CandlesAndSuch.com. It’s all very exciting and scary at the same time. We started this online venture together when we took her local candle business and turned it into an international ecommerce business that sells over 5000 different items. We never imagined it would become what it is today. I’m sad to see her go; we’ve been through so many ups and downs with our business. We celebrated our first online sale together, we’ve been through two major site designs together and this last year we watched as we lost almost half of our traffic because of the Panda update. Now that she is gone I will have to face all these challenges alone. It is a new chapter for our business and for me as an entrepreneur.
When we started out my job was to get us online and start selling. Her job was to keep us under budget and keep me grounded. This was a great partnership because I tend to dream big, which can cost a lot of money. I would tell her what I wanted; she would tell me what was possible. Our success over the last 6 years is all thanks to her. I guess that is why I am nervous about going out on my own. I hope that I can keep myself grounded and continue the same success that we’ve had in the past.
The strangest thing is when it comes time to make decisions. I am implementing some changes in our business and I am making the decisions on my own. This is exciting and I have the confidence to make decisions on my own I just miss having her there to go over the pros and cons, the budget and other factors.
I am very thankful for having such an amazing partner, many entrepreneurs are not as lucky as I have been. I know I will succeed with this business on my own; I will just miss sharing the success with my best friend.