19 September 2011

This was our home for the last four years.  1,200 square feet of goodness in a sweet little sleepy town in the North Georgia mountains.  It's a quiet town, the people are salt-of-the-earth, and the history of this proud town drew us in like bees to honey. 

We met a lot of great people & nurtured our little business into something we were proud to say was our own.

After a certain time, we came to realize that our creation was growing beyond a hobby into an actual business.  It made a small profit, and we saw the potential.  We felt obligated to help it grow into something more.  With that growth, we knew it was time to find a more suitable home for our business.  But, it's not easy to say goodbye; and it's not easy to make changes - especially large ones.  So we stayed because it was comfortable. 

Sometimes fate nudges you in the direction you know should be going, but are just too lazy to take.  And for us, fate stepped in.  He pushed us out of the nest & sent us out into the big world.  So here we are, starting a new chapter. 

Bantam House Antiques closed its doors last Saturday & officially became {Home-ology} modern vintage.  As you can see by the name, the business grew into something very different than it was in the beginning.  It wasn't intentional, it was a natural progression of growth & learning.  We are excited to start the new journey & can't wait to see what the outcome will be. 

The infant stages are behind us.  Now comes the challenging stage of growth & development - of rebellion, of independence & dependence, of security & insecurity.  I remember going through this with my children, and growing a business is no different.  Like a parent, a business venture takes the same patience, determination, & perserverance. 

For anyone contemplating a new business, this is my best advice:  Remember the hard, difficult, & painful times of raising a child.  Remember the time, the tremendous effort, and the sweat & the tears you put into that being.  If you are prepared for the work of rasing another child, then you are prepared for a new business. 

Like a child, the rewards can far outweigh the risks!

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