Updated: Sep 13, 2022
My name is Arianna Greenman, and I am the owner of New Generations Painting LLC. Since entrepreneurship is a leap many find themselves too afraid to take, I thought I would write about why I did it, and my journey along the way.
As a young adult, I spent a few years of my life trying to find my place in the world. Unlike a lot of people, I didn’t have a specific path in mind, and I didn’t see myself spending years in college. While college is a very valuable resource, it just wasn’t for me. As a woman, I also didn’t particularly consider a trade job to be an option at first based on societal influences.
If it weren’t for my husband’s influence, I would have never entered the field, let alone went off on my own. After helping him out at his business a few times laying floors, I realized that I really enjoyed that type of work environment, but likely wouldn’t fit well as a flooring installer. This led me to painting. I got my first job as a painter and really came to love it. I really enjoyed working with my crew, and the satisfaction of working hard to see the outcome at the end. I loved learning about the skill that goes into it, and eventually acquiring that skill and being able to call myself a good painter.
Painting and all other trades are a skill that you never stop learning, there is always a new obstacle around the corner, always a new product to be used, and while I could have stayed back in my comfort zone as an employee, that did not seem fulfilling enough to me. I am so thankful to the company that taught me to paint, and more so to my crew that is more specifically responsible. I would be lying to say that I don’t miss being there. However, I eventually came to realize that I would never be fully happy not being in full control of my life.
There are no shortcuts to success and it’s always necessary to work hard, but I want to work hard for a goal. I want to look back on my life and see that I did more than just go to work every day simply to pay my bills. I am so fortunate to have the means to be able to make this jump, many people are not so lucky. Mostly it’s because I have a very supportive husband who has been so encouraging and reassuring.
I will say it has been terrifying, insanely stressful, and on days that I don’t have work I feel like a failure. But we all start somewhere, and I will keep brushing it off and pushing forward until I build this for myself. It's been a great start so far and I am endlessly thankful to all of my customers, friends, and family who have supported me. In the end I have to be successful; if not for myself, for all of you!