Ever since I was in high school, I’ve wanted to run my own business. I’ve always enjoyed the thought of doing something that I loved as a means for making my way through life. The hardest part though, was trying to find that one thing that I loved, that I could do for the rest of my life. I have a wide variety of interests, hobbies, and talents that I feel I excel in, however, I’d never seen any of them as career direction. Writing is probably the closest, but I haven’t made that leap to finish my first novel…yet.
So ever since high school, I’ve been milling about, wandering across the career landscape, trying to find that one thing that I was good at that I could dedicate my life to. There were a few paths I went down that seemed to be right at the time, but I would always end up in the same place, listless and curious about what else was out there for me.
About 8 months ago I started to do some freelance work for a few friends. I didn’t receive any payment, and was not particularly skilled in this work, but I knew what I was doing and did a pretty darn good job with it. I enjoyed the learning process and developing myself. Eventually, this free lance work got me referrals with others who were willing to pay for my services. I started to develop my skill set and knowledge in the industry exponentially. I started to become a resident expert in the industry in my own community and beyond. I was really having fun.
About 3 months ago, I made the decision to become official and run this business on the side of my normal day job. Lots of people run a side business, I figured this would be a great direction. I secured a few more small projects and felt this was definitely the right way to go. Because of my notoriety in the industry, I had little difficulty networking, finding support, and building my client list.
But when everything fell apart this year, I figured I was done. I couldn’t build a business with a community turning its back on me. I still had a few potential client meetings, but I figured they would fall through soon enough as soon as word of everything.
But I was surprised to find out that these meetings were still a go. So when they arrived, I went and pitched as if nothing was wrong. And again, to my surprise, I closed these projects! I was flying high off the momentum! And if things couldn’t get better, just this past week, I closed a very big project that I was working on for several months! The small projects were nice to get, but by winning the bid with the large project, I felt I was suddenly a legitimate business! And another upside is that if I decide that I need to move out of this community, I can carry this business with me.
So things are looking up on the career front. I am still looking for another day job while I continue to build this business, but this is a big victory and makes me feel like anything is possible!