Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life …
Well, the first thing I had to do to earn my Entrepreneurial Spirit Badge was figure out how to spell the dang thing. I like to write down my adventures in badges, you know, and I’ve been trying to better myself by not abusing spell check. (I like to think of spell check as an over-worked, under-paid serf, residing in my laptop). So, anyway, about 10 years later, I got the spelling of entrepreneurial right. And I’ll never forget it.
On to the actual badge. (Would a badge about starting a gardening business be a entremanure badge?)
I’ve actually been drawing up business plans since I was a 4-year-old. I’ve always been pretty entrepreneurial, to tell you the truth. I’ve dreamed and plotted my way through many a business plan, including and not limited to:
gift basket business
spy for hire
… and more.
‘Course, none of these businesses actually got off the ground, so I wondered if maybe my business plans were lacking somehow, somewhere. I decided to pick my favorite, rewrite it, and then give it a kiss and stick it beneath my pillow, where it could drift off to La-la Land on lavender-scented wings.
Wanna see it? Here you go:
“MBA Jane’s Perfumes”
“The Scent of Success!”
“Eau de Entrepreneurial!” (This last one is my favorite)
Dream: A small perfume shop where shoppers can mix up and match their own perfumes. For a flat fee, they can pick out their favorite-shaped bottles (anything from heart shaped, to old-fashioned, to swanky and modern), design their own labels (Ah, fonts! How I love thee! Let me count the ways: Times New Roman, Calibri, Curl MT, Algerian, Baskerville Old Face, Gigi, Stencil, Zapf Dingbats), and experiment to their little hearts’ content!
Location: A small shop, preferably in a lovely downtown building. Or maybe in my own house. Or possibly in a highrise. Or maybe just online? Hmmm. Note to self: decide already, okay?!
Goals: Get a grant? Apply for a loan? Win the lottery? Pick two.
Employees: Midge. She has a great nose.
Startup cost: Bigger than a bread box. But probably less than my other favorite idea: MBA Jane’s Posh Spa. Also, the spy agency … not a lot of overhead, but have you priced a decent trench coat and fedora lately?
Timeline: Before I die, but not before next weekend (I have a dinner party).
Immediate goals: Start talking to people. Act, think, speak like it’s going to happen! Design business cards. And those flyers with the contact info at the bottom that you can rip off? Those, too. Keep eyes open for a rentable space. Become friends with Coco Chanel and determine secret ingredient for No. 5. Not attainable? Try Justin Bieber or Beyonce (does EVERYONE have a fragrance these days?).
Once everything was written down, all businesslike, and tucked under my pillow for safekeeping, I really felt consumed with my idea. It wasn’t just a pipe dream anymore, it had legs. And a voice. Could it really happen? Could Eau de Entrepreneurial come true?
Only the future will tell.
Smells fabulous to me.