Fashion Business Musings RoundUp

startup fashion business owner musings

When I first began StartUp FASHION, I couldn’t believe the amount of work and stress that it placed on my life. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, but it was really freaking hard. It still is.

Over the years (it’s been 5 now!) I’ve learned some things about entrepreneurship. Lessons, concessions, and epiphanies are great. Business owners love to share them. But they rarely share the hardships, admit their mistakes, and express vulnerability.

That’s nuts.

We need to talk about the realities; we need to connect with others who are doing this too.

Here are my musings, things I’ve written over these past several months expressing what business ownership is really like.

I’ve written them in hopes that you read them and feel a lot less alone in this crazy journey and lot more encouraged to continue pursuing your goals.

Have a read…

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Sometimes Things Suck, It’s OK

Fashion Business Owner Musings: We’re All Impatient for Success and It’s Causing Us to Miss What’s Important

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Self Doubt Never Seems to Go Away

Fashion Business Owner Musings: When Trying Something New Punches You in the Face

Fashion Business Owner Musings: When You’re the Most Driven Person You Know

Fashion Business Owner Musings: I Don’t Love the Fashion Industry

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Don’t Be Scared of Whatever It Is You Really Want

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Routines Are Not Just for Boring People

Fashion Business Owner Musings: We All Crave Encouragement, There’s No Shame

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Two Quick Lessons I Learned Just This Minute

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Sometimes We Get in a Funk and It Really Messes with the Business

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Everybody Feels Uninspired Sometimes

Fashion Business Owner Musings: We Have to Stop Telling Ourselves We’re Behind in Business

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Why is it So Hard to Accept Help?

Fashion Business Owner Musings: We’re Putting Too Much Pressure on Ourselves

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Stop Doing What You Think You’re Supposed To Do

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Comparison Will Take Down All Our Businesses if We’re Not Careful

Fashion Business Owner Musings: What Other People Want Isn’t Actually All That Important

Fashion Business Owner Musings: You Don’t Know How To Do Everything, So Stop Beating Yourself Up

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Waiting to Get Picked is a Bad Strategy

Fashion Business Owner Musings: Things Will Never Be Perfect. Who Cares?

Nicole Giordano
Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses.A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love.More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

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    sakina mohsin

    Hi Nicole,
    I’ve been hooked on to your lovely write-ups about fashion designer / Entrepreneur musings.
    Just reading your posts helps in identifying the problem and routing solutions while running the fashion business scene.
    To tell you frankly sometimes while reading I feel like this post was meant for me or sometimes it’s like , OMG!! this is exactly what has happened with me before!
    Coming to know, of all the knowledge, experience and skills in setting up fashion businesses and independent designers, I think I’m approaching the right person needed to launch my store in the USA.
    I am an Indian National, independent designer residing in the Middle East and now thinking of spreading out internationally.
    I want to take my label Beautiful People to a new level.

    Will I be hearing from you soon?
    Have I knocked the right door?

    to make each day it count!

    • Nicole Giordano
      Nicole Giordano

      Hi Sakina,

      That’s exciting, congratulations! Thanks for your inquiry, but I don’t work with designers one on one to launch internationally.

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