One of the things I want to do with this blog is catalogue the thoughts and challenges that I go through while starting my own business. I think it’ll help me organize my thoughts and give guidance to people who come after me.
The biggest challenge that I’m facing right now is lack of activity. When you work for someone else, you have a set of tasks that you’re assigned, and once you do them, you’re done. You go home or you move on to the next task. When you’re working for yourself, that’s not so much the case, and work never ends. Of course it’s tempting to just slack off and play video games all day – but you can’t. There’s advertising to do, you have to find more clients, you have to complete the work that you’ve already done, you have to follow up with previous clients who are late on paying or who want extra stuff done. There’s a whole lot of stuff to do and the real trick is prioritizing it properly.
Mentors are invaluable. They’ll help push you along, and give you guidance where you need it. They can also be a friend to talk to or someone else to share the burden. I got lucky and made a friend who’s experiences are invaluable to what I’m doing now, as well as overall being an awesome person. If you’re considering going out on your own, find an entrepreneur or inventor or small business owner in your community. At the very least, the experience of searching through people to find an entrepreneurial person is valuable knowledge for later – it’ll point you in the direction of the right social circles and give you the techniques needed to secure future contracts.
I have to get back to doing a bazillion things, or trying to make myself do a bazillion things. Winter is coming, quite literally, and that is ever-present on my mind.