• Sharllah Brewster

So You Want To Start A Business

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

I remember the day I threw in my 9 to 5 hat into the ring and put on my entrepreneur pants. It was at the onset of the pandemic. Schools closed, supermarkets had caps on occupancy, businesses had to figure out how to make things work remotely and nannies had to go home as lockdowns were initiated. Until that time I had been a part-time freelancer and part-time nanny. My clients were not plentiful, but I was doing what I loved and my charge was a 2-year old who stole my

Woman thinking up creative business ideas.
So many business ideas...so little time!

heart the minute I met him. I was walking the center line and having the best of both of the worlds I loved.


But life had other plans for me.


Two weeks into lockdown it was apparent that this was going to be our normal for at least a couple of months. Then in a couple of months, it became even more apparent that this was going to be out normal for way longer. I looked at my kids and the roof above my head and knew I had to figure out a way to make a substantial income and maintain the flexibility necessary in the unpredictable time that was ahead.


So what did this single momma do?


Well the title and intro kinda give it away, but I will tell you anyway I decided to turn my freelancing into a business, and although it seemed like a no-brainer, I mean, I was already a published author, freelance writing, and picked up the skill of website design along the way, I still had some boxes to check before I stepped into that space.


So here is what I did.

  • Make notes - I sat with pen and paper and begin jotting down my strengths.

  • Draft a list - Then I made a list of the type of freelance options that most interest me in the area of writing.

  • Connect the dots - Next, I had to connect the dots and see where my strengths and interest overlapped to find which area I would most fit in the freelance writing space.

  • Did some digging - I researched that market and attended free seminars geared toward my freelance focus,

  • Utilized my resources - I tapped my sister (a marketing executive) to navigate me through my nemesis (better known as marketing).

  • Plan - Then I built a business plan.

Now, it wouldn't be fair of me not to mention that my area of study in college was Business, so I do have a background in business which made it a little easier to navigate this space.


What is really the point of this blog?


Simple, I am a single mom, with few resources at my disposal. My business Sobe Kreative is new and I am going through the rigors of being a new business owner. I want to help business dreamers and owners realize the possibilities of entrepreneurship while keeping it all as transparent and honest as possible.


I will share with you every pitfall, blockage, and celebration that I will undoubtedly incur along the way, in hopes that you are a little more informed and prepared.


Do I have it all together? Am I super successful? Heck no! But we all start somewhere and if you want to start a business do the work. I am right here with you. Know what you are getting into and make a plan. Ups and downs are par for the course in business, there will always be something new to learn along the way and there will be times that you will have to pivot. But as long as you are ready to buckle up and go for the ride it could be one experience that you will not regret.


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