Pity party

Owning a start-up is unpredictable in the best of times. Now the Covid 9 pandemic has really thrown every one into pure craziness. A few businesses are thriving as people are panic buying and others are filling the luxury of time for people. As for my business, we’re a bit stuck at the moment, and I admit that I’m having a pity party today.

I was notified last Wednesday that the Tile Back team won the Trade Waste Hackathon. Congratulations to them on a great idea to take the left over new tiles from construction projects and turn them into gravel. The ACT Government may still be interested in my idea, but I’m not holding my breath as they’re trying to get us all through this crisis.

The trial on my cape made from recycled polyester went really well with my first hair salon. There were even additional benefits I didn’t even think about before like the fact that it kept the customer dry, and therefore the stylist didn’t have to wash so many capes.

I’ll be trialing it at a different salon later this week. The real challenge is whether or not I should invest in producing the product as most businesses have to tighten their belts to stay alive.

Now this morning, I found out that my hotel pilot will be delayed. There were no surprises really given the impact to the travel industry in the last month or so, but it’s still hard to hear. This is especially true when I just spent most the weekend preparing the order, and I have no idea when this opportunity will be available again. People are losing their jobs everywhere as businesses shut down.

Preparing first hair and body care orders.
Preparing first orders

I know that I’m so blessed to have accumulated a solid savings account that has allowed me to go for this long without a paycheck. However, now I have a room full of inventory that is stuck, and no income for the foreseeable future.

Truthfully, I’m tired and having a bit of a pity party now. I just can’t seem to get a real break no matter how hard I work to get this business off the ground.

Yes, I’ll admit that I just shed some tears, but to be fair to myself, I should feel sad and frustrated right now. Tomorrow, I will pick myself up and look again for more opportunities. Today, I’ll be sad a little bit longer as I mourn what could have been.

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Tammy Ven Dange

IT Consultant for the Not for Profit Sector | Host of "Executive with a Cause" Podcast

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