So… I started work.
I have been going through a lot of adulting phases, which is the confusion phase, the ‘I think I got this’ phase and the ‘no, I want to be 12 again and not worry about life’ phase. growing up and actually acting the part is so hard. I mean, why wasn’t I told that one has to actually pay so much money to have data? I promise I have paid close to R300 just to function on Instagram and watching cats on YouTube.
The other thing is that South Africa is not safe. I know our crime rate is very high, but now that I have to walk home from work at like 6 (it’s actually very dark, because it’s winter), I get so paranoid and creeped out walking on the streets I grew up on. That’s actually very sad.
…but in life we all need to deal with it and just keep going, don’t we?
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For months to end I have been on about how I want to run a business of my own, have lots of money and have something fun to do on weekends. However, I do not think I really understood why I wanted all of this. I did not have a life long goal, and a clear direction of the path I want to take, until last night when I was surfing the internet for jobs that will make me travel and pay me.
It hit me then that I want to see the world. This is all I want to do, I want to do business with people from all parts of the world, have foreign dinners with strangers of Kenya, or Zambia. This is why I started. I finally have a motivation to push harder then I thought I was, it gave me motivation that I have finish up that business plan and start being the person I dream to be.
From early days of high school, I knew that my world will not only end in South Africa. I always knew that I need to see what is out there, how other people live and carry themselves. Actually that is how I met my bestfriend in high school. We would sit and dream of chilling somewhere around the world while the rest of the world went to school and some sit indoors and do office admin or something. I knew from then that I need to travel. This why I started. The dream started in the ninth grade.
I might not have 40 years of experience and have clients, but I believe that I do not have to wait until I am forty to have all of that. I believe that I will learn along the way, make good decisions, and big mistakes. Making mistakes and failing is part of the growth, right? It is the storm before the rainbow.
I have made some progress since my last post, I have found an internship in an advertising agency, I start in May. I have found a company that needs marketing consultation, and have asked me to do it (yay!). This will give me the experience and skills that I need to run my upcoming business. Things are looking good, for now.
This is why I started, to do great things that makes me happy and take my optimistic soul across the boarder.
I have been trying to juggle between school and researching what I should sell online, and I have decided that I want to find brands that I can advertsise online instead. There are a lot of comapnies that advertise brands online, which made me wonder if I will survive in the industry, on the other hand it excites me to know that my challenges are bigger than my shoe size.
I tried to approach small local brands that I can advertise and boy have I been rejected. I am even used to it by now, I am pretty sure that I will throw a party when one company allows me to advertise their brand online (and everyone who reads this will be invited).
I guess they were right when they said starting a businss is not the easiest thing to do, but because I want to eat, breathe and live digital advertsing I will keep pushing untill I get where I want to be. Besides, challenges only makes one stronger, right?
Dear small brands of Johannesburg may I please advertsise your brand?
This adulting thing is overwhelming me.
So I am third year student studying Advertising and Marketing. It’s not something I grew up wanting to do. In fact, I wanted to be a journalist or an actress or whatever Nicolis did in Generations (The old South African soap opera). I am not sure when I decided I want to do adverting and marketing either, but I know that I love it and brings me joy 🙂
I have recently also realised that I love things money can do for me. I mean who doesn’t? So the feminist in me keeps telling me to be an entrepreneur. Yes, I do not need man to live the good life, I can work hard and have money too. Take note ladies.
Now I am trying to think of ways I can use my love for advertising and marketing to make money. From the little research I have done, I have compiled a list of a couple of things that will help me.
- Selling books online
- Selling electronics online
- Becoming a travel blogger (But I am student and I am always broke 😦 )
- Promoting brands online (My favourite idea)
- Getting a job
Why didn’t anyone tell me that this adult thing so much hard work?
Dear teenagers, don’t rush into adulthood. It really does come with a lot of responsibilities that are not always fun.