I Quit My Job And Started My Own Business? – Life Update (November 2018)

Hey guys, hope everyone has been doing well? I’m finally back.

Honestly speaking, I’ve tried to write today’s blog post many times unsuccessfully but I’ve decided that sometimes, I have to just write. Whether it’s polished or not, I just need to get my content back out there again.

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It’s also been so encouraging to see that somehow my blog views are still increasing and you guys still leave me comments on pieces that I wrote months, or even years ago! Seeing those notifications consistently popping up on my phone really convicted me that I need to come back before the end of 2018. So here I am… to ease myself back into blogging, today I’ll be sharing a little life update. It’s been almost 4 months since my last blog post and a lot has been happening concerning my career and side hustles.

Let’s start with my first job after university.

Handing in my notice

Just a little over a year ago I posted about finally getting a job, a finance graduate scheme to be more specific. I still remember how happy (relieved) I was when I got the offer, I even cried tears of joy. To cut a long story short, I started that role last year in autumn and by spring, I handed in my notice. Why? Because I realised that whilst being employed and earning an honest living in general is better than being unemployed, my mental health matters the most. I was deeply unhappy in my previous role. I was commuting over 4 hours daily, working in an industry that I had no real interest in or talent for (my friends will tell you how much I disliked mathematics in school!). And to be frank, I really struggled to make it work and I realise now that that’s because I was forcing my own will.

I don’t advise just giving up on a job at the first hurdle (and that’s not what I did), but in defining moments like these, it’s necessary to be brutally honest with yourself. Not every job offer is the right job for you. As difficult as that job was for me, I truly am grateful that God took me through that experience. It certainly wasn’t for nothing. It toughened me up, prepared me for some of the harsh realities of working life and most importantly, it made me appreciate the value of feeling fulfilled at work.


Career change

So you’re probably wondering now, what happened after I handed in my notice? Well, the search for a new job had commenced even before Notice Day. I was so determined and focused that within just a few weeks I landed a new role. God made a way for me to finally pursue my genuine passions and now I work in an industry that aligns with my strengths and future goals: digital marketing. Yes I know haha, we’ve come a looong way since that Law degree. The journey hasn’t been straight forward at all but I’ve grown so much and I finally feel like I am on the right path for me. Over the past 6 months I’ve just been settling into my new role and “leveling up” my digital marketing skills. My core focus is to develop skills that I can leverage both inside and outside of my 9-5 work.

{Side note: if you are  a graduate and you are interested in a career in digital marketing, definitely check out Digital Grads. They offer free digital marketing courses e.g. in social media and video marketing, to boost your skills and make you more employable. They also help to find you interviews and provide support all the way through the recruitment process!}


The road to entrepreneurship

Hit The Jackpot by me, a warm orange shimmer with gold glitter and very subtle scattered holographic micro glitter.

Outside of 9-5 work, I’ve also been working on my new side hustle. Some of you may know that I love nail polish and it was the main contributing factor which helped me stop biting my nails. Aside from my personal appreciation of nail polish, I also feel very strongly about equal representation and have always been frustrated with the lack of diversity in hand models on some mainstream nail polish brands’ websites and social media. I wanted to directly address this problem by creating a solution. I have invested in the tools and materials to enable me to learn how to mix my own nail polish from scratch and God willing, I’ll be able to launch my own nail polish line late next year.

My goal is to create nail polish which not only suits a wide variety of skin tones but also actually model the nail polish on a wide variety of skin tones through swatches. Swatching (applying a sample of the product to a surface or one’s nail to test or demonstrate the colour) is a really big deal in the nail polish community, and cosmetics in general. And currently, it can be such a struggle to find good swatches of nail polish on deeper skin tones. Through creating my own nail polish line, I really want to challenge the limitations of swatching and push forward my agenda of greater diversity and inclusion within the beauty industry.

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Coral Blossom by me, a coral pink creme nail polish.

Although this venture is something I am very serious and excited about, timing is important and I don’t want to hastily rush into anything. When God says it’s time to launch, I will, but right now I am perfecting my craft and learning all there is to know about starting a business first. I’m still deciding on a name for my future brand of polish and in the meantime, on Instagram I am documenting the process of manufacturing polish – all the way from choosing suppliers, to mixing up colours and pigments, to bottling my creations and giving them each a unique name. Eventually I will also share things about entrepreneurship and starting a business over on my new Instagram @wunmsnails. Feel free to follow me there if this is of interest to you :).

 

Anyways, I just wanted to come on here and share my experiences with you because I know that work can be tricky to navigate for lots of people. Hopefully this can encourage some of you to a) remember that we’re allowed to learn and grow from our “mistakes” and b) evaluate where you are against where you want to be, then make positive moves towards achieving your God-given purpose. Redirection is evidence of the grace of God, thank God we don’t have to stay down and we have the power to keep moving and growing!

If you made it this far, thank you so much. I think that’s enough of an update for now (although there is much more I could say about the past 4 months e.g. getting my first car, the process of buying a house and preparing for marriage… I’ll save that for future blog posts). 

Let’s catch up in the comment section down below. Tell me, what projects do you have planned for 2019?


God bless you!

Wunms.

“We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer… We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” – Proverbs 16:1 & 9

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17 thoughts on “I Quit My Job And Started My Own Business? – Life Update (November 2018)

  1. Hi Wunmi, great to hear you had the courage to move jobs when one not working out, can see you enjoy your new job from your posts in the summer. You can’t get too much nail polish so good luck with the new range. New glitter colours look cool. My project for 2019 is my bike test, got delayed this year for genuine reason and then revisiting languages I want to perfect.

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  2. Yaaaaaaay you’re back!!!
    Thank you for being brutal and honest about post grad life and all the best with the nail line!!!
    Congrats for staying true to yourself and finding a career that works for you – even if only temporary, setttling and compromising your mental health is never ideal!
    💙

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  3. I am super happy for you Wunmi. Congrats on your new job and your new business venture too! Your blogs are always encouraging and very insightful too. Best wishes for everything coming up for you in 2019 🙂 Keep on soaring x

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  4. Let me start by saying, “Thank you” for taking the time to include my comment from your other blog. I truly appreciate it. I’m also in the beginning stages of starting my business. Currently getting all my filing with the state completed. I think it’s awesome that you’ve taken the time to share your process. There are so many people that would love the chance to have insight in regard to the process of starting a business. Having the ability to create and sell a product you love is exciting. Praying for continued blessings as you’re on your journey.

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    1. Aww anytime, you probably didn’t realise how much your comment meant to me at the time you posted it!

      Really exciting to hear you’re starting a business also. Looking forward to following your journey too! God bless you ❤️

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  5. Love this post! Can’t wait to try the different nail polish. I’m so excited for 2019! I’m aiming to release at least 2 different products for my skincare range, finish series 1 of my podcast and start series 2! Thanks for the encouragement and sharing your goals 💕💕💕

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