Bye Bye Boss: the new column about self-employment


Once upon a time… 

… I was​ 6 years old​ and I asked my mother to sell my handmade jewelry at the village marketplace. “No, it’s too complicated”, was her answer, while looking at my poorly beaded necklaces. A decade after that first attempt to become an independent little girl, I hit my teens, having issues facing parents’ and teachers’ authority. I was so worried about my future life already: how could I ever endure a lifelong 9 to 5 job? Would I always have a boss that would tell me what to do? Was that how my life was going to be? 

Another decade passed, which consisted of studying at University and taking trips abroad to go on adventures. Somehow, I ended up in Ireland and decided to open my own ​Dreadlocks salon​, a craft that I had mastered on my friend’s head and was bringing me pocket money. My salon did very well, and I enjoyed working for myself. A couple of years later, at ​30 years old​, I sold it and moved to Austria for a life change.

Right now is the time

I’m a believer and a dreamer, but real life is so much more complicated than that. I know how hopes can vanish when you hear the process of getting self-employed – and your mother telling you that your jewelry is ugly. I see how dreams can crash when you see others already doing what you set up for years. But no matter how many competitors are out there and how long the process of self-employment will take, right now is the moment when anything is possible so it’s time to make it happen.

Now that I’ve decided to let my business behind and start over, it’s time to share my experiences and love for self-employment to demonstrate that doing what you want in your life is not only exciting but possible. Yes, it is difficult and yes, it comes at numerous efforts but once you’ve acknowledged and accepted it, you can move forward. 

Every idea is worth taking the risk

“If I can make a living out of making dreadlocks, then everything is possible”. This is one of the things I have consistently told anyone that doubted their passion could one day make it into a business. This keeps me wondering: What would have happened if my mother would have let me sell my jewelry?

This is a series of articles I’ve been willing to create for a few reasons: Firstly, I want to meet local entrepreneurs and learn from them. People who were driven enough to turn the ideas in their heads into viable concepts and create a thriving business from it. I want to share their stories, but also ask them to talk about the difficulties they were facing and how they overcame these setbacks.. Through their testimonies, I will highlight common issues people are facing when starting a business. Is it picking a name? Finding a partner? Leverage capital? I believe there are many ways to ease some difficulties that one can encounter when starting a new project. Another main purpose I have with this column is tackling some challenges and hopefully unlocking some potentials out there.

If you want to share your story – or suggest someone else’s, you can contact me at c.dausmann@tedxvienna.at. Along with this series of articles, I’m starting a podcast series focusing on entrepreneurship, which will be available on all podcast platforms under the name “Bye Bye Boss”.

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About Caroline Dausmann

Turning hobbies into money maker. Passionate about small business and trying to turn whoever has a great idea into being self-employed. ByeByeBoss is a monthly column whose purpose is to share inspiring stories and initiate change for those who always dreamt of being self-employed.

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