6 things to do when you want to to give up

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eing self employed is lonely and it’s bloody hard work!

Not that long ago I’d had ENOUGH. I just wanted a ‘normal’ life. I couldn’t handle the constant struggle, weird hours and no money and decided to give up. My nan had just died and I didn’t have the energy to fight the self employed battle any more so I applied for a job on the Bumble and Bumble counter in Boots. 
I didn’t even get to the interview stage. I was gutted. All my friends were giving me ‘ you were over qualified!!’ stuff and I couldn’t see it. Less than 2 years later Bumble and Bumble asked me to create social media content for them and they loved my non bridal style and ethos and even murmured the words ‘unofficial ambassodor’. I was the only one that was surprised!

“We started working with Jo on shoots and content creation after quickly realising not only her talent and creativity but her entrepreneurial spirit and innate understanding of undone hair and hair that is an enhancement not a distraction. Jo is a wonderful unofficial ambassador for us as she ‘gets’ the Bumble and bumble ethos and also creates new and iconic work that inspires us as a brand. Jo is collaborative, creative and above all has an incredible eye for beautiful hair. “

Georgie Billingham // Bumble and Bumble

Here’s my 6 things for when you’re feeling like giving up.

1. Firstly, don’t.

Remember how far you’ve got to get where you are now. 

I know it’s hard, but start writing a list of your achievements, no matter how small. Include client feedback, opportunities that came your way, good jobs that you nailed. You can go back as far as you like, but write them in bullet points and when you’re feeling like you’re not getting anywhere, read through it and remind yourself of your awesomeness. Read about my experience here >

2. Listen to podcasts of people that inspire you.

Hear their stories and remember that it isn’t easy for anyone. It’s not exclusive to you, it’s hard. That’s why not everyone does it!

I really love catching up with all my hair heroes on the HOW TO CUT IT podcast, I also like GIRL BOSS radio with Sophia Amoruso (see below) and one I keep going back to is: How I Built This with Guy Raz on Dermalogica: Jane Wurwand, find it here. It resonates with me so much.

3. Talk to people.

Most of my family run their own businesses and 90% of my mates so I always talk to them but I love hearing stories outside my circle too. A chat that changed things for me was around the time of me applying for Boots. I’d hit a bit of a wall, i’d worked my ass off, was skint, sad and overwhelmed. I went for a run with my mate Holly and she told me about her dad’s business and the hard time he’d had and when she was younger, he is an incredible successful and happy business man with a huge business. Hearing how he’d struggled inspired me more than how successful he is now, because at the time that was what I could relate to.

4. Listen to the good stuff

We only have our own opinions of ourselves to go on. and most of the time these are SO INCORRECT it hurts. I’m sure your friends and family are proud of you and admire you but sometimes we need to hear it!

5. Ask for help.

Be honest, tell people you are struggling and need some reaurrence or maybe you need help around the house or with the kids. It’s OK to need help! Most of the time people are waiting to be asked so don’t be like me and be too proud to do so. it’s a killer.

6. Join the Lovehair Tribe!

The great thing about this group of stylists that individually have experienced all that you are going through, they may be at the start of their careers and needing some support just as much as you are now, or they may be in the middle of juggling kids or a full time job or they may be successfully working in tv, magazines or education. It doesnt matter. Together this powerhouse of stylists and make up artists have got you. They support, encourage, share, cry with you and celebrate your success’. They are here when you need it most! Join the revolution babe, be that hair rebel you always dreamt of. Find out more about our gang here >




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