If you read my post yesterday[here], then you should be all caught up and know that today marks one month of me, myself, and I.
What I learned in this past month:
- Be financially ready. If you have a partner or spouse that can and is willing to pick up for both of you, you are very lucky! If not, don’t quit your day job just yet. Either way, make sure you have some money stored away if things don’t go as planned or you might just need it for a rainy day. Working for yourself costs a lot of money. You still need to pay for rent, utilities, food, and misc. bills that don’t stop coming just because you left your job. Your consistent / predictable paychecks will stop coming in and you need to be prepared for that.
- Have some sort of plan. Don’t go into this blindly. Don’t quit your job with no idea how you are going to make money. Do some research and figure out how you will start working for yourself. You need a plan.
- You will be working 24/7. In the beginning, it’s just you. You’re starting up and it’s you making the product or service. You scheduling, planning, creating. I found myself constantly in work mode, constantly thinking of how to improve. What is my next move? If you want to be successful, you can’t just wait for things to fall into place, you need to put the puzzle together yourself.
- Network. Join groups on Facebook. Attend as many free or cheap events as possible. Make connections and friends. Treat your new friends and connections well. Don’t expect them to do you a favor just because you asked. More than likely, you’re the one who really needs the help, not them. I learned a lot when I joined groups on Facebook. I found people who would be interested in what I have to offer, and I also met people with the same interests. Meeting like-minded people and getting ideas and talking to them helps reinforce your thoughts and helps you feel confident that you’re on the right path.
- Slow money is better than no money. My boyfriend tells me this all the time. I’m not making the sales I want, and get discouraged so quickly that I feel like what I want to do, isn’t realistic or reasonable and that I’m being dumb. “Slow money is better than no money.” It’s showing I’m doing something, and now I just need to make it more and consistent.
What are some of the things you learned? What are some of your thoughts?