How I paid my bills when my startup was being built.

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo

Startup #1

My first business was a clothing company that my co-founder and I created while we were in college. While I was building my first business, I worked for a clothing retail chain at about 3 of their stores in 3 different states over a span of 4 years.

Startup #2

Before starting my second startup, I had a tiny bit of savings to ride on from working a full-time job at a consultancy and the payout from selling my first company. After a few months, all of my savings ran out and I began the search again for a part-time job while I was building my second startup.

Startup #3

As much as I loved the first two startups I helped build, I made a lot of financial sacrifices to build those businesses. I found myself in debt and zero savings before I began building my third startup. However, I can’t deny the importance of trading money for the real world Master’s entrepreneurship degree that I gained through the experiences of my first two businesses. A lot of people don’t get to experience the entrepreneurial opportunities I accumulated by my third startup so I’m very grateful for it.

I create moneymaking brands with womxn entrepreneurs who refuse to settle for mediocre. www.ascent-strategy.com

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