Wow, I can’t believe the last article I wrote is about to be a year old. It’s crazy how time flies when you’re having fun. So, coming close to wrapping up year 2 in business (3 more months to go), I thought it would be good to do a continuation of my year 1 article. Just re-read it and man, how things have changed, luckily for the better.
There are many things I thought I knew about business, but what works for one company, was definitely not working for mine. I always pictured having an office space, and now I can’t fathom having to sit at a desk or a cubby for 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week, or making anyone else do the same. I truly enjoy the freedom of picking up and working at a coffee shop (@Lady & the Mug in Coral Springs is one of my fav’s!), working later in the day, or working earlier and getting my workout in before the day is over. Taking off a Friday to go to the beach and working on a rainy Saturday? Bring it on! Of course, these perks were NON-EXISTANT year 1. Definitely, something to keep in mind.
Though I have now slowed down, year 1 I was putting in at least 60 hours a week on my company. But dealing with the new pressure is a challenge. Every new client is a raise, every client that leaves is a pay cut, it’s definitely not for the weak of heart. In the beginning, losing a client sent me into a tailspin of depression. They weren’t leaving because of the service or my abilities, they were leaving for many reasons. Some made a new hire take over their needs, some had budget cuts, but no matter the reason I was taking it personally and it was really taking a toll on me.
So how did I fix this? Well, I didn’t. What I do try to do is focus on the positive – every client that moves on is a new opportunity to get an even more fruitful client in return. Once I started realizing a lost client is not the end of the world, it doesn’t hurt so much anymore. It is part of the company growing pains.
Putting myself out there and being vulnerable, sharing these difficult experiences, I have met with a couple of business owners/mentors who have taken me under their wing and shared their beginning struggles and stories with me. I had one share that he used to sleep in his office in the first couple of years because he put all his money into the business and didn’t have money for rent. His employees had no idea he was sleeping on the sofa and would shower in the bathroom before they came into work. First one in, last one out is an understatement. Today, he is a thriving business owner, and those days of sleeping on the sofa are done. He said if not for those tough times, he wouldn’t be where he is today. It makes me thank god, every day, for everything that I am, and everything that I have.
Has it been easy? No.
Have I gone on LinkedIn and looked at job opportunities? Yes.
Is it still scary? Everyday.
Has it been worth it? It will be.