E-Squared Magazine
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Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Being Human & A Single Business Owner

Where do I even begin? I am in business, but that does not mean that I am always great at doing business. If you know me, you know that my business means everything to me. I take it very seriously, I follow through, but there are always bumps along the way that present challenges and create unexpected delays.

I ask myself every day, “How can I do this differently?” I am solution-based, a problem solver. Sometimes, it is not that easy to find a solution though. I want you to know that I am doing the best that I can and when life presents challenges, it can sometimes be debilitating for me as a single business owner.

I think it is easy for us to forget that business owners are also human beings with emotions. I lose sleep worrying about things. I walk a lot. Often, over 5 miles a day. I ride my bicycle around the city. Sometimes, to the point of exhaustion because I know that through this physical exertion, I might actually be able to sleep. I do a lot of things to help me stay grounded, but at the end of the day, I know that I have no one else to lean on or help me when I need help. It is just me. I have tried hiring help, but even that has turned out unreliable. So, I find myself back at square one. Sitting here in front of this screen trying to figure out what to write to you. I have decided to keep this brief, honest, and without unnecessary details because…life happens to all of us.

More than anything, I want to be honest with you––I want you to know that I am a real person. I am alive. I struggle, I am struggling, and when I struggle, so does my business. Some of you have messaged me recently about the status of the magazine and, I promise you, it is in process. I am a one woman operation, and I am doing the best that I can to balance my life and my business together. These two are unfortunately always intertwined. I appreciate your patience, and I am grateful for your messages of encouragement as of late.

Emily A. Dustman
Founder & Director
E-Squared Magazine