On Our Way To Going Mobile!!!
Remember earlier this year, I told you that I had my eyes set on purchasing a truck so that I could take the pop-ups mobile, creating a flower shop on wheels? WELL, (insert drum roll here), I am smack dab in the middle of the process of doing exactly that. I’m not sure if you caught the Instagram post of me excitedly jumping up and down not so gracefully, (https://instagram.com/p/BcI6KaOn-AH/), but earlier that day, I received word that Esscents of Flowers recieved a $20k investment from The Runway Project!!! That’s right, twenty big ones!!! The journey there was an incredible life lesson as it taught me so much about staying the course, and how believing in yourself will allow others to believe in you too. Even when it was hard and I sometimes thought about giving up throughout the process, I thought about what life would be like if I just stopped. There were some quiet moments where I thought, “If I just stop here, what’s the worst that could happen? No harm, no foul. Sure, it was a lot of time invested, but it was a good run. I could have more time to do other things...” Then I thought, “What would I actually do though? I would let others down and more importantly, I would let myself down if I just stopped. I actually LOVE what I do and what I have created through Esscents of Flowers! You’re sleepy and hungry, go eat a good meal, get some rest and get back to work!” Nevertheless, I persisted! I crossed the finish line and secured a $20k investment!
One very early morning, around 4am, I woke up and couldn’t go back to sleep. So, I picked up my phone and started searching for available trucks🤷🏾♀️. You wouldn’t believe it, but I found a flower truck in Southern California that has everything I could possibly need. It comes with the refrigeration, preparation table, electricity, a sink and more!!! I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was perfect😍. The only problem, it was priced at $30k... Yes, I’m super excited I got this $20k investment and it shows that people believe in my dream, but I still need an additional $10k to purchase an already built out truck that fits the needs of Esscents of Flowers.
In my deep hesitation and after talking to some of my fellow entrepreneur colleagues, I decided to take a leap and start a crowdfunding campaign to raise the additional $10k. The reason for my hesitation was related and still slightly related to fear…there, I put that out there. Yep, simply put I was scared. Here I am, asking help from everyone I know to give me a collective $10k... wouldn’t you be scared?
But, I leaped and I’m in it now, too far to turn back! I’m so close, I could literally see myself driving this truck up and down the streets of Oakland, Ca! But, in order to do so, I am asking for youth partner with me. I have recently started a crowdfunding campaign through Kiva Loans to raise the remaining $10k. The Kiva Organization is a lending program that helps small businesses around the world take their business to the next level. What makes Kiva different from other crowdfunding organizations is that the borrower is responsible for repaying the lender over a set amount of time. So, if you loan $25, you will see that $25 again with the opportunity to either invest in another small business or you can collect your funds and go about your day.
With that being said, I would greatly appreciate anything you can do to allow me to take Esscents of Flowers to the next level. Please follow this link - https://www.kiva.org/lend/1435863 and it will take you directly to the lending page.
2017 has been yet another incredible journey and I’m still learning and excited to say I have so much room to grow. Thank you for your love & support, owning a business is no small feat. It takes a different kind of courage and strength, but I’m glad that I have surrounded myself with an amazing circle and encouraging customers!
Cheers to 2018 and to you!
Peace, love & blessings,
Ariana Marbley, Esscents of Flowers