Free shipping on orders $50+
by Carina Hatton May 18, 2020
Don't we all have those days where we wish things were a little different?
My lifelong goal was to own my own business, but there were so few lights in the tunnel to do it. I went to school to get my degrees, thinking at some point, I would come across something that would work for me. I sold every network marketing thing possible from Avon to Silpada. If you could sign up for it for less than a hundred bucks, I was in.
Every time, I wondered if this would be the product or company that would change my life and let me quit my job that I hated.
Well, God works in mysterious ways because I was laid off from my job one year and given a two month severance package. That became the point where I decided I was never going back to working for someone else.
Back then, you found out what was going on in the world from the daily newspaper. I read it daily and had since I was little. I always read the want ads and items for sale to keep my finger on the pulse of what was going on in the world of work and sales.
That day, I saw an ad for a donut shop franchise. It seemed like a long shot. Everyone (but a few awesome people) told me it wouldn't work. I didn't have the money to put down or the credit given I was only 26 years old. I called them anyway. It was a business broker. He talked to me like I knew what I was doing and answered all my questions.
I met with the broker and took all the information about the business, including the financials. I was obsessed with numbers, and could not wait to dig in and see what they were.
Turns out, I would be able to pay myself a salary of exactly what I was making at my old job if I worked 40+ hours a week. I just had to figure out how to buy the business now. With an SBA (Small Business Administration) loan, you have to have three things - experience, cash and credit. I had none of those!
But what I did have was a plan. If you really want something, you will figure out a way to get it done. I talked to my parents. My dad had worked at a donut shop for several years as a third job when I was little. (I have four brothers and a sister, and my dad had to work two or three jobs to make it work).
That was all I needed to hear. I asked my parents if they would consider taking out a loan on their home to get some equity out to put down on the business purchase. They then had credit, cash and experience. I would do everything else. We went in as partners and purchased the business.
Then it happened. I did what everyone said I couldn't do. I was the owner of a donut shop franchise. It was great to see the looks on everyone's faces when I told them I was the owner and decision maker.
If I hadn't tried, thought it wouldn't work, thought I was too young, I didn't have the cash, credit or experience, I wouldn't be the person I am today.
I have now owned my donut shop for 17 years. Sometimes you will be the only person who believes it will work. Do it anyway.
Comments will be approved before showing up.
by CARINA HATTON February 07, 2023
by CARINA HATTON February 06, 2023
Shop the latest trends in women's clothing at our online boutique. Knitted Belle Boutique is a small shop and online boutique that carries fashionable clothing, whether you're looking for a cozy sweater or a dress for a special occasion. Our online boutique has new arrivals and trend setting styles every week and fast shipping, including the latest looks in women's clothing. Looking for maxi dresses? We've got affordable fashion and trendy clothing like maxi dresses, sexy dresses, trendy shackets and a wide variety of the latest looks all in one place. If you like pink lily and mint julep boutique, you're in the right place. We're your new favorite clothing boutique. Vacation Dresses Day Party Dresses Prom Dresses Homecoming Dresses Sorority Rush Dresses Weddings All Bridal Wedding Dresses Bridesmaid Dresses Wedding Guest Dresses Extended Sizing Bridal Shower Dresses Bachelorette Dresses Honeymoon Shop Wedding Shoes Wedding Accessories Clothing All Women's Clothing Casual Clothing Women's Tops All Tops Top Rated Tops Long Sleeve Tops Blouses & Shirts Bodysuits Casual Tops Dressy Tops Crop Tops Sexy Tops Sweatshirts & Hoodies Puff Sleeve Tops Short Sleeve Tops Tees Tank Tops Bottoms All Bottoms Top Rated Bottoms Skirts Pants Shorts Rompers & Jumpsuits