Why I Wanted to Start My Own Business

Posted by Kathryn Harris-Lowe on

While I may have just started Kat's Print Boutique a few months ago, starting my own business has been a dream of mine since I was a kid.

It started when I was in elementary school.  I wanted to become a fashion designer. I would sketch in my notebooks and create mini paper outfits. I began wanting to design everything to wanting to design haute couture to wanting to design t-shirts and casual clothing. As I got older, my dream kept changing.  Although, it wasn't until I was applying for University that I realized what my dream really was.


Some of my designs from childhood.


When I first sent in my University applications, I applied for two fashion courses and one business course, Retail Management.  For the two fashion courses, I had to send in portfolios.  While I was creating the portfolios, I had a bit of a meltdown.  I realized that what I thought I always wanted to study, Fashion Design, wasn't truly what I wanted to do.  I did not want to be the one sewing the clothing (in fact, I'm not that great at sewing), I wanted to be the one running the business.

In the end, I ended up only submitting a portfolio for Fashion Communication, but before I even heard back about my application status, I had already made a decision to study Retail Management (the program that I received an early acceptance to).

Throughout my time at University, my dream kept changing.  I knew I still wanted to own my own business, but the exact idea varied.  For most of my University career, I wanted to own a small retail store, in home goods or women's fashion or children's apparel and necessities.  None of these ideas stuck with me though, none of them seemed quite right.  Not wanting to run and be a buyer for my own small retail location became even more clear to me after I became a manager and buyer for a small kitchen and decor store.

After realizing these dreams weren't for me, I went through a bit of a career crisis.  I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I took a contract position at a bank, hoping that it would give me clarity while also earning a little money, but it didn't.  While still working at the bank, I decided to do part-time studies online for Fundraising Management.  I love giving back and I thought this could potentially be my career, but after taking a few courses, I still felt like something was missing.

I soon realized that none of these career paths felt right because I wasn't getting to use my creativity, so I sent a few companies a proposal for a potential shoe partnership. Unfortunately, none of them panned out, but I still did not want to give up on my dreams.


Some of the shoe designs I sent in.


After some soul searching and encouragement from friends and family, I decided to venture out on my own.  I realized that as much as starting my own business was a risk, wondering what could of been was an even bigger one.  I knew I could never be happy in my future career if I didn't give it a try.  So, after doing some research into what I could do, I finally settled on what is now Kat's Print Boutique.












Me showing off some of my Kat's Print Boutique designs. Shop them below.



There is still a lot stuff to do and a lot of growth to achieve, but I can truly say, I am doing something that I am passionate about.  I will keep working my absolute hardest to make Kat's Print Boutique a success, and I hope you will continue on this journey with me!

- Kathryn

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  • Great article about following your dream and not giving up. Thank you for sharing Kathryn!

    Janine on

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