Almost two months into my small little business online (and at bazaars/ flea market), and I’m already crying out loud for help! So many problems occurred and big issues to handle… i.e with money and living. So here I’m going to share my version of how life has changed after 2 months of my entrepreneur journey… read on to find out…

Living in Singapore is tough enough, but I just had to make it tougher by taking the road to entrepreneurship. It has always been a dream of mine to take up this trip. (ever since poly days…) But things just aren’t what I thought it would be. Yes, I get to do things on my own pace and time, I get to go out anytime I want, I get to sleep late and wake up late everyday (this is NOT good for my body!) and I got so much more freedom and time to spend doing things that I enjoy! If only this can go on… without the need to survive the monthly bills and what nots.

As a spender through my 26 years, saving has never occurred to be important (actually, it did lah, but I just don’t know why till now not a single cent has been saved). If only I had controlled my expenses from 10 years back, if only I had not bought those gadgets (which later was sold at super big loss) or spend on those holiday trips to Tokyo and Hongkong… if I had not done nor bought all those things for my hobbies, I would be super rich (with cash) now! More than 5 years of work, I’m left with nothing! Well, cause at that time, I know no matter what I do, at the middle of the month, I’ll get money in my bank… but things are different now…

The amount in my bank account only goes down… (already close to ermm… a single-digit) and the figure on my credit card bills just seem to be growing… (more than 3-digits) and the monthly mobile, insurance and broadband bills and not forgetting the loans I took from those who love me! Being an entrepreneur, you don’t get that monthly salary in your bank account, thus you don’t get the money to pay off these bills and debts… …

Other than this, what else changes? Let me see…

  • When you’re sick, you don’t go to the doctor. You started taking whatever pills you can find at home that you deemed will cure your illness. Why? Cause as an entrepreneur, you do not get to claim your medical bills, and there’s no such thing as to give the MC to your boss.
  • When you go shopping, instead of buying that dress you like, you spend the money on the materials/ resources that you need for your business.
  • You spent so much paying rental for that booth at the local flea market, bazaars and any chance that you think will help your business grow… but instead, you make even greater loss cause you’ll end up spending your weekend sitting and starring at your own products at your booth… with no customers and nothing sold at the end of the day! (How to cover your already high cost and all the rental you’ve paid!)
  • You mess up your internal clock cause you’ll be stuck infront of your macbook through the night, trying to link up to as many sites as possible, hoping to bring more traffic to your blogshop. Yes, traffic did increase, but so what? They come, see and go. What’s missing? The buying!!
  • You get bad backache, shoulder aches, eye strains and all kind of pain due to the long hours spent sitting down updating your blogshop, making nice products, searching for more events that you can bring your business to and editing those photos or creating banners to make your business more attractive to others.

and these are just some of the things that you get! Fun isn’t it?

So where do I go from here? End my entrepreneur trip? (And flush all the money and time spent the past 2 months down the toilet just like that?) Of course not! I’m going to fight till the end… (or till my last cent) In the meantime, also looking for a job that’ll give me money every month so that I can clear my bills, and hopefully my debts too. (And also praying hard that the nice people at DOND will pick me as one of the finalist so that I can win that $250,000!) And still allows me to continue my online blogshop and hope one day, my little shop online will become a small shop along Orchard Road! Yeah! That’s my dream…