Why I started Underpaid Clothing
Our Story: ( 4 min read )
I wanted to talk about why I started Underpaid Clothing. One of the most common questions I get asked when I'm doing events or meet people in person is what is your story, and why did you start the brand?
I've worked a lot in a lot of toxic work environments where I felt like I was underpaid, overworked and underappreciated.
A lot of these jobs just treated me like garbage. I knew that I was worth more than that. I knew that I couldn't spend my entire life working at these types of companies. I don't know if it was bad luck, but I seem to end up with the wrong companies time after time again, or maybe that's just the way a majority of corporate America is nowadays. So I wanted to start a brand that takes a stand against corporate greed.
My goal for Underpaid Clothing is to spread awareness about being underpaid but not only that, spread awareness about toxic work environments and mental health in the workplace. I want to encourage others. I feel like when I was working in these crappy jobs, I felt down and depressed. Being depressed I felt like it wasn't possible to follow my passion or to know my worth because I was so kicked down by these companies. I just felt like maybe that's the way it's supposed to be. Through the public school systems, and our parents, we're taught that you're supposed to go through school, and then go to college, get an office job with excellent benefits and health insurance package. For a lot of people, they like the stability of working in that type of environment. And that's fine for them, and that's fine if that's what you want to do. Some people get lucky, and they find a dream job, and they end up staying there for years, and that's it. They're happy they love what they do, that's completely fine, but I feel like there's also a significant number of people including myself, who were working a nine to five and working in a corporate work environment, and just miserable. Just not following our passion, and not doing what we love.
I want to make Underpaid Clothing about encouraging others to do what you love, no matter what it is. Life is too short not to do what you love and to be rotting in a cubicle and going into a job that you hate every day. It doesn't even have to be cubicle you know a lot of people might not work in an office. The movie Office Space shaped me. Peter from Office Space was talking about how working in an office, this isn't what I was meant to do. I agree with that. If you're unhappy, it's important to do something about it. It's important to feel fulfilled, and that's why I started the brand.
In future blog posts, I'm going to be talking about some of the jobs that have worked in the past. We're going to have a couple of videos and articles about mental health in the workplace. If you haven't already, be sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date when we release new articles and videos.
Can you relate? Do you feel the same way? Let me know down in the comments. Also, let me know if you have also worked in a toxic work environment. Leave a comment and let's start the conversation!