Knowing When to Let Go

Business is not easy. It’s easy to set up alright. All you need to do is going down to the city hall and hand in your application and a check of $25 (or however much it costs in your city). It’s easy enough. But it’s what comes after you establish the business can be freaking hard.

If there’s anything I’ver learned in the past 11+ years running Staged4more and EcoJoe is that you have to learn how to let go: the idea of being perfect, or that you can control everything (you can’t), or that you can do everything yourself (you can, but you’ll likely kill yourself), and most importantly, stuff and money. Stuff comes and go, the same with clients, and the same with money. Styling is about ruthlessly editing, and recently I’ve learned that it is the same with life and business.

Stuff comes and go, the same with clients, and the same with money. Styling is about ruthlessly editing, and recently I’ve learned that it is the same with life and business.

Take EcoJoe for example, we’ve recently made a decision that we’ll start winding down the operations of EcoJoe. It had been a great learning experience and journey of creating eco-friendly products, overseas manufacturing, branding, marketing, sales, and learning how wholesale and product distribution works. I’ve met so many great people because of EcoJoe and learned so much. But at the end of the day, a business is still a business. When we’re re-evaluating what’s next for the company, we realized that EcoJoe no longer fits in the long-term plan.

That’s the thing, your business is a living organism. It lives and breathes and it grows in ways that you cannot control. You can steer the directions, but everything happens organically. You can’t force it. Like a tree, in order for the whole tree to grow stronger, you need to groom it from time to time. You have to constantly re-evaluate to make sure the whole organism can thrive in today’s environment and allows your company to grow healthily and beautifully.

ps. We’re now having a super sale for the remaining EcoJoe products, go to www.ecojoekits.com to take advantage of the sale until the end of the year.

pp. We’re also liquidating any home accessories we’re selling in our shop. You can go to the menu bar and click on Shop to take advantage of the sale. Cheers!

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