Lately, I’ve been tormented by this idea that if I were doing this from any other country in the world, the results would have been a whole lot different. They say slow and steady wins the race, but lately I’ve been feeling like this race is rigged and all I do is just put out small fires everywhere. Running a business is tough, but running one from a country with zero business infrastructure can sometimes feel quite exhausting to be honest. With no support system, no mentors, no community to rely on, a small market with low purchasing power, and no organizations to lend a helping hand, a small business owner here is left in the dark to power through completely alone and that at times does not only feel discouraging, but oftentimes can get pretty lonely. Half of the time, you’re wondering what you’re doing, as your mind wanders overwhelmed by all the things that need to be done and the other half you’re just running around spending time on chores that keep you away from the thing you should be focusing on. It makes me dizzy, just thinking about all the things I have to juggle each and every day as a small business owner in this country. So if you’re a small business owner in North Macedonia, especially if you’re a woman, I applaud you. You deserve all the praise in the world.