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BUSINESS OWNER/YOGA INSTRUCTOR: Have Your Own Vision And Then Go For It

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Marylinn shares her story of owning a clothing store and being a yoga instructor. She talks about why her teaching is important to her and shares her career path into becoming a small business owner. She also talks about the challenges of being business owner and provides some stark advice for those thinking for going into business for themselves.

Job Title: Owner/Yoga Instructor

Job Summary: Retail Store Manager

Job Description

Store managers supervise a retail organization's staff, meet customer needs and plan and coordinate sales, merchandising and budgeting. In order to effectively perform the multitude of tasks required, managers should work well under pressure and with deadlines, and have significant experience in retail business and human resources. They also need strong leadership, interpersonal and multitasking skills.

On-the-Job Training

Limited on-the-job training. Most managers will have worked in retail previously as salespeople.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
6 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, Teamwork, People skills

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<span m='14925'>And I</span> <span m='15370'>generally</span> <span m='15890'>receive</span> <span m='16260'>merchandise</span> <span m='16655'>the</span> <span m='17050'>first</span> <span m='17310'>part</span> <span m='17460'>of</span> <span m='17520'>the</span> <span m='17600'>day,</span> <span m='18385'>price</span> <span m='18860'>the</span> <span m='19340'>things,</span> <span m='19750'>put them out</span> <span m='19870'>in</span> <span m='20210'>ways</span> <span m='20450'>that are</span> <span m='20750'>attractive,</span> <span m='21732'>for</span> <span m='22070'>sale.</span> <span m='24132'>And then I work through the</span> <span m='25074'>afternoon.</span> <span m='26016'>I go home</span> <span m='26487'>around</span> <span m='27429'>6:00</span> <span m='27900'>or</span> <span m='28371'>so,</span> <span m='28842'>and</span> <span m='29313'>I teach</span> <span m='29784'>a class</span> <span m='30255'>at the</span> <span m='30740'>Y</span> <span m='31130'>after</span> <span m='31520'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='31700'>Teaching</span> <span m='31800'>yoga</span> <span m='32426'>is</span> <span m='33380'>a</span> <span m='33500'>nice</span> <span m='33940'>thing</span> <span m='34070'>to</span> <span m='34210'>do.</span> <span m='34750'>Since</span> <span m='34900'>my</span> <span m='35010'>children</span> <span m='35400'>aren't</span> <span m='35720'>in school anymore,</span> <span m='36470'>it's hard to</span> <span m='36560'>make new</span> <span m='36850'>friends.</span> <span m='37700'>And</span> <span m='37810'>I</span> <span m='37870'>don't</span> <span m='38030'>believe</span> <span m='38320'>you</span> <span m='38410'>make</span> <span m='38630'>friends</span> <span m='38940'>while</span> <span m='39100'>you're</span> <span m='39280'>selling stuff</span> <span m='39760'>in</span> <span m='39920'>a</span> <span m='40080'>store.</span> <span m='41370'>You're</span> <span m='41510'>friendly,</span> <span m='41920'>but it's</span> <span m='42330'>adversarial.</span> <span m='43150'>People</span> <span m='43410'>don't think of</span> <span m='43670'>you as their</span> <span m='44167'>friend.</span> <span m='45658'>And</span> <span m='46155'>so</span> <span m='46652'>you live</span> <span m='46900'>in</span> <span m='47149'>a community,</span> <span m='47646'>it's nice to have another</span> <span m='48640'>way</span> <span m='49634'>to</span> <span m='50131'>belong</span> <span m='50628'>and to</span> <span m='51125'>give back.</span> </p><p><span m='52130'>I</span> <span m='52200'>went</span> <span m='52380'>to</span> <span m='52480'>college</span> <span m='52900'>in</span> <span m='53000'>Berkeley</span> <span m='53340'>in</span> <span m='53450'>the</span> <span m='53540'>'60s.</span> <span m='54060'>I</span> <span m='54120'>studied</span> <span m='54570'>art.</span> <span m='55250'>So</span> <span m='55770'>I</span> <span m='55880'>didn't</span> <span m='56110'>know</span> <span m='56210'>how</span> <span m='56350'>to</span> <span m='56460'>do</span> <span m='56640'>a</span> <span m='56700'>lot</span> <span m='56920'>of</span> <span m='57000'>things</span> <span m='57862'>that</span> <span m='58284'>could make a living.</span> <span m='59130'>And</span> <span m='59510'>then</span> <span m='59890'>I</span> <span m='59960'>went</span> <span m='60140'>to</span> <span m='60290'>Mills</span> <span m='60580'>College.</span> <span m='60960'>I</span> <span m='61000'>got</span> <span m='61200'>a</span> <span m='61280'>teaching</span> <span m='61620'>credential.</span> <span m='62655'>And I</span> <span m='63110'>tried</span> <span m='63350'>working</span> <span m='63700'>at</span> <span m='63820'>the</span> <span m='63900'>university</span> <span m='64629'>in</span> <span m='64780'>day</span> <span m='64930'>care</span> <span m='65120'>and</span> <span m='65230'>child</span> <span m='65470'>development</span> <span m='68972'>for about 10</span> <span m='69459'>years.</span> <span m='70433'>And at</span> <span m='70920'>this time I had a child.</span> <span m='71894'>And I was expecting</span> <span m='72381'>another</span> <span m='72868'>one.</span> <span m='73360'>I thought it was</span> <span m='73760'>a</span> <span m='73800'>very</span> <span m='74050'>bad</span> <span m='74320'>job to</span> <span m='74660'>have</span> <span m='75010'>where</span> <span m='75630'>you</span> <span m='75840'>pay</span> <span m='76070'>for</span> <span m='76280'>a nurse</span> <span m='76540'>at</span> <span m='76810'>home</span> <span m='77080'>and then</span> <span m='77574'>go</span> <span m='77821'>do</span> <span m='78068'>children at the university.</span> </p><p><span m='79550'>So I</span> <span m='80044'>joined</span> <span m='80538'>with</span> <span m='81526'>a</span> <span m='82020'>partner</span> <span m='82514'>in opening</span> <span m='83008'>a</span> <span m='83502'>clothing store.</span> <span m='84490'>It was over at the tunnel here.</span> <span m='85972'>And then</span> <span m='86466'>after a while,</span> <span m='87660'>we</span> <span m='87770'>moved to</span> <span m='88220'>the</span> <span m='88320'>space across</span> <span m='88460'>the</span> <span m='88720'>street</span> <span m='88980'>at the</span> <span m='89450'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> <span m='91625'>After</span> <span m='92060'>a while,</span> <span m='92500'>she</span> <span m='92950'>didn't want to</span> <span m='93180'>do</span> <span m='93620'>it</span> <span m='93730'>anymore,</span> <span m='94219'>so I bought her out.</span> <span m='96664'>And</span> <span m='97153'>when I was</span> <span m='97642'>around</span> <span m='98620'>60</span> <span m='99109'>I moved down to</span> <span m='99598'>the</span> <span m='100087'>location down</span> <span m='100576'>here</span> <span m='102043'>because the</span> <span m='102532'>rent was</span> <span m='103021'>$3,000</span> <span m='103510'>a month</span> <span m='103999'>less.</span> <span m='104977'>The landlord</span> <span m='105466'>here</span> <span m='105955'>wouldn't help me out with the</span> <span m='107422'>rent at all.</span> </p><p><span m='108889'>So</span> <span m='109867'>the business</span> <span m='110356'>hasn't been as</span> <span m='110845'>good as here</span> <span m='111334'>because it's</span> <span m='111823'>a</span> <span m='112312'>better</span> <span m='112801'>location.</span> <span m='113290'>But</span> <span m='113779'>it's manageable,</span> <span m='114268'>but</span> <span m='114790'>mostly</span> <span m='115235'>if</span> <span m='115680'>I</span> <span m='115750'>do</span> <span m='115910'>everything</span> <span m='116260'>myself.</span> <span m='116515'>I</span> <span m='116770'>think,</span> <span m='116960'>when</span> <span m='117070'>you</span> <span m='117180'>have</span> <span m='117370'>your</span> <span m='117530'>own</span> <span m='117650'>business,</span> <span m='118910'>if</span> <span m='119490'>you</span> <span m='119610'>do</span> <span m='119820'>well</span> <span m='120040'>you're</span> <span m='120220'>proud</span> <span m='120500'>of</span> <span m='120590'>yourself.</span> <span m='121070'>And</span> <span m='121310'>if you</span> <span m='121400'>don't</span> <span m='121620'>do</span> <span m='121750'>well,</span> <span m='121900'>you</span> <span m='122030'>can't</span> <span m='122270'>blame</span> <span m='122510'>anybody</span> <span m='122990'>else.</span> <span m='123250'>So you</span> <span m='123420'>take</span> <span m='123630'>responsibility</span> <span m='124440'>for</span> <span m='124590'>your own</span> <span m='124770'>life.</span> <span m='125960'>I think that's</span> <span m='126130'>really</span> <span m='126370'>different</span> <span m='126685'>than a</span> <span m='127000'>job</span> <span m='127310'>where</span> <span m='127380'>you</span> <span m='127560'>would have</span> <span m='127850'>a</span> <span m='127920'>boss over</span> <span m='128400'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='128640'>Some</span> <span m='128880'>people</span> <span m='129199'>are</span> <span m='129250'>better</span> <span m='129560'>off</span> <span m='129990'>with someone</span> <span m='130070'>making</span> <span m='130380'>their</span> <span m='130449'>decisions</span> <span m='130930'>and</span> <span m='131423'>giving them</span> <span m='131916'>rewards.</span> <span m='133395'>And</span> <span m='133888'>other</span> <span m='134381'>people think</span> <span m='134874'>that's</span> <span m='135367'>not OK</span> <span m='135860'>for them.</span> <span m='137339'>So that's</span> <span m='137832'>what I would</span> <span m='138325'>advise</span> <span m='138818'>someone</span> <span m='139311'>wanting to do</span> <span m='139804'>this</span> <span m='140297'>job,</span> <span m='140790'>that they</span> <span m='141283'>be prepared</span> <span m='141776'>to</span> <span m='142269'>work really</span> <span m='142762'>hard.</span> <span m='143748'>You can</span> <span m='144241'>express</span> <span m='144734'>yourself</span> <span m='145720'>how you like,</span> <span m='146706'>buy you don't</span> <span m='147300'>necessarily</span> <span m='148740'>have</span> <span m='148900'>to</span> <span m='149230'>think</span> <span m='149400'>that</span> <span m='149540'>people</span> <span m='149930'>believe it,</span> <span m='150795'>that they'll</span> <span m='151630'>support</span> <span m='152425'>you.</span> <span m='153648'>You have to have you</span> <span m='154092'>own</span> <span m='154536'>vision,</span> <span m='154980'>you know, and then</span> <span m='155424'>go for it.</span> <span m='155870'>And if it doesn't</span> <span m='156210'>work,</span> <span m='156770'>you</span> <span m='156920'>just</span> <span m='157220'>say,</span> <span m='157698'>it doesn't</span> <span m='158176'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='160088'>So</span> <span m='161044'>I think</span> <span m='161530'>if</span> <span m='161940'>you were</span> <span m='162200'>going</span> <span m='162340'>to</span> <span m='162390'>have</span> <span m='162650'>a</span> <span m='163080'>family,</span> <span m='163335'>if you have</span> <span m='163790'>to</span> <span m='163910'>support</span> <span m='164270'>a</span> <span m='164310'>family,</span> <span m='164800'>or</span> <span m='165240'>have</span> <span m='165550'>really</span> <span m='165750'>steady</span> <span m='166110'>money,</span> <span m='166490'>or</span> <span m='166550'>any</span> <span m='166740'>of</span> <span m='166780'>those</span> <span m='166980'>kinds</span> <span m='167130'>of</span> <span m='167190'>things,</span> <span m='168190'>I</span> <span m='168310'>wouldn't</span> <span m='168570'>do</span> <span m='168760'>it.</span> <span m='169870'>I</span> <span m='169960'>wouldn't</span> <span m='170290'>advise</span> <span m='170410'>a</span> <span m='170540'>young</span> <span m='170750'>person</span> <span m='170950'>to do it</span> <span m='171530'>right</span> <span 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