They wear every “hat” for their business. They not only work at their specialty but manage their marketing, client intake, bidding, project management, staff management, payroll, financial books, expenses, paperwork, TAXES, banking…the list just goes on and on.
Where do they want to be? Home? With their spouse, their kids, their dog and/or cat? They miss having weekends off, or getting done with work at 5. They miss having a regular paycheck, but would probably be happy just to have confidence their invoices will get paid on time this month. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Do you remember why you went into business? If you’re like me, you learned you were good at something and people started paying you to solve their problems with the skills you had.
Being in business sounded so great! You could get paid so much more than the measly hourly wage of an employee. You could choose your own hours and be your own boss. You could invest yourself and build relationships with your clients which led to that incredible feeling of satisfaction in your work. You could be self-reliant…no longer afraid of the company you work for deciding to lay off employees. Or maybe you felt that you could do more or better for clients than a lot of others in your field. It was time to set your own rules. Being in business sounded like freedom; it sounded like the road to success.
Remember that fire you had in your heart when you first started?
I do. If I think real hard.
But some days it’s hard to remember. Sometimes the lure of working for a company again is so enticing. Regular hours, regular paychecks, INSURANCE (don’t get me started on that), tax refunds (when’s the last time you saw one of those?), being home by 6ish and getting paid holidays and weekends off. Ohhhh the life you could have with so much less stress!
But no, I do remember why I started my own business.
I remember why I keep doing it.
I like solving problems for real people.
No. I LOVE solving problems for real people.
Not to say that a standard company “boss” isn’t a real person, but – you know – the kind of person you can connect with, get to know, and somehow use your skills to make a difference in their lives. When you have expertise that helps someone else do THEIR expertise better, your work just means more.
That’s why I am here.
That’s the kind of work I’m addicted to.
What are YOU addicted to about being in business? Or, if you’re stuck in that day job and wanting to get out, what might be your reasons?
I’m not writing this newsletter to sell you anything. I’m not here to tell you what I can do for you.
I want you to tell me what your reasons AND problems are.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to open up a little bit of what drives DataWeb Programming and me personally. I’m doing so because I want you to feel safe to do the same.
What drives you nuts?
If there were three things you do every day that you would love to not have to do, what would they be?
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