I have this new client (a start-up) and they are so tired that I am tired for them. Just totally exhausted.
What do we do as self-employed types? Eat chocolates and curl up in bed? (No, but that's what my dog did today while I was out all day, sigh.)
Here are just a few of those many hats:
- paying bills
- entering expenses
- communicating with clients
- creating estimates and invoices
- buying office supplies
- maintaining mailing lists
- creating newsletters
- facebook, twitter, instagram, linkedin
- maintaining equipment
- paying taxes
Oh, right, and then there is doing all the actual work people pay you for...
Are you scared yet?
Is it a lot of work? Yes. Yes, it is.
Are you bored yet? Does some of it suck?
Yes. Yes, it does.
That being said, I have so much respect for those people who are running businesses with no prior business experience.
Talk about BAD ASS PEOPLE BITING OFF MORE THAN THEY CAN CHEW.
The slope is steep. (I know!)
This is one of my most treasured parts of working with fledgling businesses.
I like to coax all of those threads of confusion into beautiful tapestry.
- Make things simpler.
- Follow a plan, yet be flexible.
- Create something EFFECTIVE.
- Work within your capacity.