Do you want to stop trading time for money? Yep—you, and everybody else. Thanks to the Tim Ferrisses of the world, “not trading time for money” has become the rallying cry of people who are stuck in a job that they don’t like and want to create the freedom to quit and do something different. They say it with pride, confident that they are making the smart, strategic choice that their corporate colleagues don’t have …
You just went out on your own. Congratulations! So now what? When I launched my company Working Simply, I had only a bicycle, no car, no phone, no computer, no printer. I had to return each of these to my former company when I resigned from my sales position.
There are no obstacles on the path, the obstacles are the path. – Zen quote Recently I was talking with Audra Casino, our podcaster/AV-master extraordinaire here at Mirasee. I remarked how I’ve come to learn that all of the struggles, challenges, and apparent obstacles I’ve encountered on my path to success (still very much in process) have actually been part of the path… not obstructions to it.
So you screwed up. What next? There’s something you notice a lot in online marketing – the story of how an entrepreneur tried, failed, recovered and then succeeded. It’s a good story and an important story. But it kind of misses a little something sometimes. Let’s be honest.
It’s July already. Half the year has passed. But where has it gone? Your energy and possibility in the New Year inspired a list of dozens of things you wanted to accomplish this year. And how are those New Year’s goals coming along? Maybe the excitement wore off, and your vision for 2015 has either dimmed, or goals backburnered.
Are you suffering from marketing overload scrambling to get it all done? Not sure what marketing efforts are delivering new clients to your door (and which ones aren’t)? You’re definitely not alone! According to InfusionSoft, 55% of small business owners said
You’ve done it. You’ve decided to start your own business and quit your job. Congratulations! Even if you’re one of the lucky ones and have enough cash stockpiled for a decent “runway,” you probably still feel a twinge of fear and uncertainty around your decision despite your confidence in your obsessive work ethic and ability to focus.
The first weeks of life are truly magical. My daughter was born just a few weeks ago, and it’s amazing how much personality is already evident in a baby that would seem to do little more than sleep, eat, and poop. But no, the personality is definitely there, and every day I learn something new about her.
Do you wish you had more time? Or rather, do you wish you spent less time on mind-killing, boring stuff like managing emails? Staring at dozens, hundreds, or thousands (in some cases) of unread messages in your inbox, two things usually come to mind: A. “Please kill me now, I don’t want to deal with this”
As a small business owner, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind: deadlines, bills, maybe even another job. We focus only on the urgent tasks that are right in front of us and forget everything else. This is a huge mistake, especially if you are just starting out. As a business owner, your primary job is to see what could be (not just what is).