I didn't graduate from Skidmore and jump right into being a small-business owner, or really have a dream job for that matter. I found a sales job at a fun, young startup and right off the bat got a lot of responsibility. I worked in sales for about three years before quitting my 9-5 to do Sh*t That I Knit full-time. Having sales experience before starting my own company has been instrumental in my success as a business owner. I am persistent, I don't take no for an answer, I have no issue picking up the phone to call on new clients, and when I get knocked down (which is quite frequent), I get back up right away and try again.