A few weeks ago I’ve introduced you guys to Etsy.com. Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. As part of their program called Etsy Resolution, Etsy asked me to share my story on how I’ve become an entrepreneur myself. I was super excited to do so. I mean, after 4 years of Instagramming, 3 years of blogging and about a year of being a so-called fulltime blogger, it’s about time to look back on how I’ve got here.
Well, it all started with me being in the situation of graduating as a Master’s student in Corporate and Commercial law. It always was my dream to get to this point and being able to put my knowledge into practice as an associate at a big, corporate law firm. But guess what, when I was almost there, I was in desperate doubt whether this was the career path I really wanted to follow. I liked everything law related, but I also knew that I had other passions in life. Passions that came way more natural and were quite disturbing me from getting myself that job at a big firm.
All these fundamental doubts about my life and future career took its toll on me. As a sufferer from anorexia nervosa from the age of 14, a tremendous breakdown in this eating disorder was about to hit me hard. I went down to my lowest weight, ending up being forced into hospital with severe depression and a life-threatening physical condition. Looking back on this part of my life, makes me very sad. I’ve had so much in life to live for, though I couldn’t see and I couldn’t make a U-turn. It was a very deep, dark situation I was into at the time. I remember I lived by the day, fighting hard against depression and anorexia, while at the same time being sick and tired of my life. At that point, when questioning life in all its aspects, I’ve had quite some time to think about things you know. I thought about what I really loved in life. For me that was fashion, especially expressing myself through clothing. Even in the darkest days, my eye for fashion and trends was there. Instagram was the platform that caught my attention the most. I remember I’ve started sharing street style outfits that inspired me. That was where it all started I guess, down there in my hospital bed. Although I was too ill, insecure and vulnerable to wear all these looks myself, I still wanted to put it out there and inspire others. As the months went by, my thoughts on what I wanted to do in life became clearer every day. I’ve started my blog, showed my first selfie on Instagram and started sharing little bits of what I was wearing. 4 years later and I am where I am right now. Still reading fashion magazines, scrolling through Instagram, reading other blogs and always eyeing for new trends. Yet so much stronger as a person.
While spending much time on the improvement of my blog and social media, my content got more professional and I started gaining more and more followers. Brands started noticing my existence. At first, I remember getting e-mails and DMs with them offering me barter deals (i.e., a free product for publicity). But as you might understand, you cannot pay your bills with clothing. I remember that many companies didn’t understand that at the time. However, times are changing and brands are slowly understanding that our work as bloggers is highly important for them and that we put a lot of time and effort in our work. My own understanding that I am worth more than a free T-shirt, also took some time. But with over 100K followers on Instagram, I think I am quite there and I can honestly say I’m worth it! And I’m oh-so excited to continue my career as a blogger with you guys on my side.
Now I’ve shared my story on how I’ve turned my blog into a fulltime job, I’d love to hear from you guys! Do you have any dreams of becoming an entrepreneur yourself? Do you already have a big passion; something that you’re able to turn into a business? Like making your own jewelry, creating your own stationery or selling customized mugs or other goods? It could also be an online service, like creating and selling WordPress templates, business logos or other online designs. I’d love to hear your story! And I hope I’ve inspired and encouraged you guys to believe in yourself to turn your passion into a living.