First of all, thank you so much for visiting Aqua Kiwi! I have always had the dream of starting my own business but didn't know how much I really wanted it until I pretty much had to start my life over. I graduated from college in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, and just a few credits short of a Business Management minor. I had trouble getting a job right after graduation so decided to work for a temp agency until I could find something permanent. After being a temp at one company I got hired right away and before I knew it I was packing my bags to move 3000 miles across the country. That's right, I was living in Massachusetts but offered a job in California and even though I had never been there before, and didn't know anyone there, I took it. The job wasn't at all what I expected and I ended up working about 60-80 hours a week for a salary that I could barely survive off of. One day after almost a year of working there I lost my job. I was in California with no friends, no family and now no income. I knew getting a new job in California would be much more difficult than in Massachusetts because I didn't have many connections so I had to take whatever I could get. I bounced around to all sorts of jobs at retail companies when it brought me back to my original goal of one day starting my own business. I thought why not start an online boutique on the side that way I can still work full time. I spent countless hours researching everything I could on starting a small business, writing business plans, filing for the appropriate permits and LLC, not to mention picking out all of the inventory, taking photographs and designing the website in hopes to one day turn my dream into a reality. One day, hopefully, I will open the doors to my own retail space but for now this is running solely online.
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