If you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.
WHAT STARTED AS A HOBBY, TURNED INTO A BUSINESS
Let's be honest. It sucks when your dreams are crushed & your plans don't work out. But how much sweeter does it taste when you realize what wasn't meant for you allowed room for what was meant to be?
Written by 23 year old B:
I went to Monmouth University, attended my classes, received good grades, even studied abroad. I came back and applied for internships. I applied for jobs. I applied for anything that would get me on the road to "starting my life."
After studying abroad in over 10 countries and 35 cities, I came back to the States feeling like I could do more. I could be more. The world seemed so vast and the opportunities and experiences seemed limitless. So, I did what every college student would do. I tested my boundaries. I tried something completely unfamiliar. I quickly learned that my generation is the most socially connected age demographic that was at the time living in the worst economy since the great depression. It was our turn to take the wheel to turn the economy around and make a name for ourselves. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, but if you keep doing the same thing over and over expecting to get a different result, that my friend according to Mr. Einstein himself, is insanity.
So, I have learned to channel my own strengths, which were discovered and heightened by countless books of which I attribute my growth. 10x Rule by Grant Cardone provided the fuel to ignite and start my own business: B Boards.
Throughout college, I would come home weekends and work at my local watering hole, Thatcher McGhee's. I only got the job because my mom kept insisting to the owners that I would be a great addition to their business. Little did I know that a trip to grab some takeout turned into an interview. And it wasn’t just ANY interview. I was in sweats and ready for bed and before I knew it I was expo-ing in the kitchen. It was a test to see if I could take the heat (yes, that pun is TOTALLY intended). Sweating, confused, but determined to make a good first impression, I stuck it out and impressed the boss.
After a few summers home, and a decent amount of time working, I started to take on more responsibility while also finding time to occupy myself during the slow hours before the storm of people came tumbling in. I started updating the menu boards around the bar. I received so many compliments on my work. I started to write on the free-standing chalkboards outside. I would post a few on-the-line and receive such great feedback. I learned new skills and built a following, a sense of identity, and branded myself well. I continued to design these boards and took pictures to show my family my work. My father later gave me the idea to turn it into a business and to call it B Boards. And so, I did just that.
B Boards, started off by rewriting chalkboard draft lists while working my part-time job. But then I decided to do more (10 times more). I branched out. I started to style and letter chalkboards in surrounding restaurants. I gained a following from my hometown and participated in a local fair. I exposed B Boards to my community and the response has been great ever since.
I am passionate about taking every experience, every opportunity, every event that occurs, learning from it and applying it to my life. I believe that everything comes into your life for a reason and your life can benefit from each and every obstacle if you strive to find the silver lining.
If you would like to follow my business B Boards my Instagram is @byBboards.
Thank you for reading my story. I am looking forward to creating personalized boards, wedding signs, wedding boards & more for you!