I’ve been trying to write this one for awhile.
Running a small business is already difficult. Running one as an introvert is just that much harder.
I’ve been an introvert since my teens. I learned to hide it in my 20s, and finally gave into it in my 30s, after I had my son.
There are still people who don’t believe that I’m an introvert, and think I’m actually a social butterfly. I’m really not.
Being a small business owner, you have to put yourself out there. Especially in the early days. If you can start right out the gate with a extrovert friend who is willing to be the face of the company – for free, that’s awesome. For the rest of us, we have to suck up dealing with people for a few hours during shows/conventions/markets, and putting ourselves on social media.
I had an event on Saturday, I talked to a lot of people. There’s a lot of things that I should be doing today. I haven’t done any of them. It’s been 25 hours since I got back from the event. I spent 10 hours of that asleep. My other half lest night already knew that I wasn’t going to be talkative. My social battery was empty, and I don’t mean, less than 2% of power left in it. I mean, in DnD terms, that my HP was at 0 and I had failed 2 of my 3 death saving throws, empty. I still wasn’t back to full health this morning, but I pulled it together enough to go get groceries and grab the kiddo from my mom’s.
I will probably not have a full social battery until later this week, thought I do need to leave the house tomorrow for appts and I plan on doing a stream tomorrow night since I won’t have to get up early on Tuesday.
I have another event this coming Saturday in Courtland, Virginia. It ill be my last show for 2023. My first event for 2024 will be ConVival 2024 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Follow me on any of my other social medias for more information on those.