As many of you know, for the past 15 years, I have been the designer, maker and for the most part, the everything-er of my jewelry brand, Manic Trout. .
About two years ago I hit a wall. I knew that I had scaled as high as I could while remaining hand made and profitable (this has been my full time job and supports not only growth by investing a great deal back into the company, but me as well as contract employees but to bring on full time artisans would have changed the model enough that it would have added a new level of high costs such as insurance). .
I was frustrated and burned out but as I had owned a business for so long, I did what I thought I had to do and that was grit my teeth and continue on. Until I no longer could. .
What I learned was that burnout is very real. I had health issues, was angry all the time and hated every second I was working. I was taking it out on everyone around me. At the end of last year, I decided that after the holidays, if I wasn't feeling it, I would close. In January, I was more than not feeling it. I was miserable. So I sat down and made my exit plan. .
We are now 10 days away from the offical end to what I spent the last 15 years building. I have never been happier. After 25 years of making jewelry, first as a hobby and then as a profession, I can honsetly say that if I never pick up a pair of pliers again, I'll be grateful. This also means that you have 10 days to get your hands on the last jewelry I'll ever make. It's 50% - 90% off at manictrout.com and on August 1st will be just a memory. .
In the mean time, I have already started launching my new endeavor! You can click on the link in my profile to find out more and of course, keep on following to see what comes next. .
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