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Freedom, Free time and Business
September 20, 2011 at 9:29 am 0
success As we've mentioned in the past, we've been building a great little marketing company over the past two years. Business has been going great, and we've gotten some great clients, cool projects, and an unbelievable lifestyle. It wasn't until this summer that I made a fantastic realization - the business works in cycles similar to that of a school teacher; busy in the fall, busy in the Spring, and pretty quiet in the summer and over Christmas! What a fantastic lifestyle! So instead of trying to fight it, I just went with it...this summer I worked an average of 6-8 hours a day, but rarely ever on weekends, and on days where there wasn't much to do...well, I focused on other things, like going for long walks before lunch, meeting friends, reading, and doing lots and lots of yardwork. If you're considering going into business for yourself NOTHING beats the freedom. Yes, it can be stressful at times, and yes, you'll probably have some pretty tight budgets over the first few years, but in the end if you learn how to work it WILL pay off big! The freedom you'll have from not reporting to a boss, and having ultimate decision making power, the free time you'll have if you learn to go with the phases of your business, and the joy of running your own business...and knowing you made it. NOTHING BEATS IT!
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Proof that Good Thoughts Become Good Things: Biz is Booming
August 2, 2011 at 7:58 am 0
selfemployed2 Last year I started my own business. It was tough to start, and of course there was that little voice of doubt in my head. The one that says "what if it doesn't work out, what if nobody wants my services, what if I make no money, what if people think I had a silly idea"? All of these doubts swirling around in my head. But I forced myself not to listen to them. It was going to be a success. I was going to be able to live a life that included running a succesful business, and having many of my "life dreams" come true (like living part time in the country, part time in the city). So, I started the company and didn't look back. I worked my tail off putting together some promotional materials, and emailed and called everyone I knew telling them I'd opened my own marketing company. I went to networking events where I knew nobody. I'm not great at selling myself - so I didn't pretend that I was. I let my work speak for itself... and showcased the great results we'd been able to provide for other clients. I knew that speaking live was something I enjoyed, and people tell me that they really enjoy seeing me speak at events. So I took that as my natural advantage, and applied to speak at many events to get our company's name out to the public. And. Voila! Last year was decent...I was happy with how many clients had signed up, and I really enjoyed what I was doing. This year, things are exploding. This week I've been asked by two big companies to speak at live events, and I've been approached by two big organizations to work on marketing programs for them. It's true, good thoughts (with a lot of work, a little luck and a supportive husband) can become good things! P.S. Do you dream of starting your own business one day? Tell me about it - I'd love to hear your story.
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Introducing Fabulous and Fearless Female Entrepreneurs
March 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm 4
Did you ever dream of being your own boss? Imagine waking up when you want, not having to take orders from others, and having the freedom to work exactly how you want. Want to take a long lunch on Wednesday, shop for groceries on Monday afternoon, or build your work schedule around your family or other commitments? It’s a dream many women hold in the back of their minds. A “one day” or “if only” kind of a dream. But what’s holding you back? Why don’t you just do it? And before you can list ten reasons why you can’t, or won’t, or shouldn’t just stop yourself right there! Cashmereclutch.com is a blog about women getting what they want out of life. It’s all about living your dreams, whether that’s finding true love, learning to cook, or starting your own company. You absolutely, 100% can have the dream life you’ve imaged. But, you actually have to do something to make it happen! It doesn’t just happen on its own. And the longer you think about it without taking any action the more impossible it seems. So stop making excuses and listen up! In the next few weeks cashmereclutch.com is going to feature fabulous women that have carved out a life of their own. They own their own companies, they live their own lives…and most importantly they pursue their own dreams. And, just to let you in on a little secret…I’m also in the same boat. Recently I took a big risk and started my own company. I always knew that I had the entrepreneurial spirit, and that corporate life was not my thing, but starting your own company is a daunting task! All the worries and fears and little voices of doubt creep in, and you have to keep on telling yourself that you can do it. But, it’s soooooo amazing. I work from home, figure out my own hours, and have the freedom and flexibility that I’ve always craved and never been able to get in cubicle life. These features on fabulous women that live life on their terms is for all the girls that have a dream, and too many voices of doubt clouding their visions. Tomorrow is our first enterprenher – Lisa Ng of helloDJ who started her own DJ company five years ago. Make sure you come back and find out how she started, how her life has changed, and why she would never go back to corporate life.
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