While I loved some of my previous jobs, it was always in the cards. Just wanted to build my dream instead of someone else’s. Also, I think there’s a little bit of marathon theory in there: Can I do it? Am I capable? I’m only on mile 5, so I’ll let you know.
There is no such thing as “busy”, You can only do one thing at a time.
Don’t think about the business a year from now, save that for your vision board. Think about today.
I started pretty organically. I began researching and experimenting how to improve my focus, memory, stamina, and mood. When my friends took notice, they started asking for advice. Voila! A business was born.
The hardest part of of building my business is simply doing it alone. There’s no one around to constantly bounce ideas off of. I’m fortunate to have support from friends and entrepreneurial groups, but ultimately, the choices lie with me. At my last company, I had a small team to whom I could delegate tasks. I overestimated the amount of work this would take, just doing the “small stuff”. How do I overcome it all? Think in small steps, outsource. I don’t have to know everything, I just have to know someone that does.
Whether it’s video production, content, or web development, my main problem is that I have a habit of delaying in order for things to be perfect. My new motto: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Just ship it.
Build in WordPress rather than SquareSpace! It will be a good platform for a year or so, but eventually I’ll have to transfer out. Wish I had known the limitations.
Absolutely. If I wanted to, I could spend the entire day Harry Potter style- in a cupboard under the stairs, and no one would be the wiser. That’s why it’s important for me to work from co-working spaces and join entrepreneurial group with other solo-founders. No matter what field they’re in, we’re generally all facing the same challenges.
Podcasts galore. I download free audiobooks from the local library.
I used to think I had to “earn”
my fun through work. Now, after research (shout out to the book “Play
“) I’ve learned that I need that time in order to make work, well… work! I schedule in workouts and downtime.
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