August 12, 2021, was the last day of being an employee for another company. It’s been one year since that day, and a lot has changed. Here are 5 lessons I learned since then.
I came from a steady job that was low-key. When I quit to start my business I made the decision to go all in. Running a business is like a rollercoaster. One moment you are on a high and the next you are in a low. Business is a little different though—those ups and downs are lessons learned. They are badges of honor to wear when you get to the top. They all become part of your story as a business owner. Things you will look back on and say, “wow, what a ride!”
Running a business isn’t for the faint of heart. Don’t do this if you think it’s going to be easy. This does lead to me next point though.
I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Challenges should not stop you from pursuing your dreams. When I look back on this past year, I couldn’t be more grateful for where I am. No, I am not making millions sitting on the beach. I work hard every day and am building my business the way I know how.
My primary goal for year 1 was to see momentum. I wanted to know I was making progress. If this was something I was going to be able to keep doing.
I am currently experiencing a lot of momentum and excited for what the future holds.
One of the greatest things about running your own business is the opportunities. There is no career path that your boss tells you to take. There are no corporate ladders to climb. This might scare some people, but for me—it gave me energy. It’s that energy that makes me excited to get up every day and work on my business.
The future is what you decide. You get to create the roadmap as you go. As long as you can find a way to make money doing it, there are no wrong answers.
The day I quit my full time job I remember getting in bed that night. Excited and nervous all at the same time. I remember thinking—failure is not an option. When this job is only a side-hustle it’s easier to shrug off when life gets busy. You can’t do this anymore when you go all in.
I had to find a way to make it work. There was no plan B. I adapted a mindset like an athlete. Success at all costs.
I still have this mindset today. No matter what I do, I will make this work.
My wife had a thriving wedding photography business when I quit my job. Her support and confidence in me was invaluable. I also learned so much about business from her. The nuances of a sales call, handling difficult clients, and when/how to follow up with clients.
These are small details that can make or break your business. Things I never considered, she had an answer for.
I know for a fact, I wouldn’t be here today without her.