Monday, March 22, 2010

11 Lessons in 11 Weeks

As many of you know, I began this blog around January 1st of this year, the same time that my husband and I began a new home-based business. The weeks have been flying by, and we're about to close out our third full month of being on our own. The journey that we've been traveling has been exhilarating yet quite stressful at times. There have been moments along the way where I've had to sit quietly and ponder both where we've been and where we're headed. So, I decided to drag some stuff out of my head tonight and do what my type-A self does best... make a list.

Here are 11 things I've learned in the past 11 weeks about being self-employed:
11- By eliminating my husband's commute to his former job, we've added 1 full extra month to our year, not to mention the money saved from using less gas.

10- Insurance options are much better than I had imagined, even though we've yet to finalize a policy for our family.

9- Thus far, self-paying at physician's offices isn't half bad. It seems like they're incredibly willing to give you a break when they find out you are paying out of pocket. Almost seems like a better deal at times, especially if you have a hefty co-pay attached to your policy.

8- Living without a steady income can be downright frightful.

7- Working from home is pretty difficult with a 3 year old and 1 year old. Hoping it gets a bit easier as they continue to get older.

6- The hours in a day fly by incredibly fast when you're involved in a vocation that you love.

5- "Stuff" is just that... stuff. In our effort to run our business debt-free, there is a lot of "stuff" that we've been having to bypass or give up. New spring clothes aren't hanging in our closets and several things that are meaningful to us are currently listed on Craigslist.

4- Time management can make or break your progress each day.

3- Getting your hopes up over every client that "promises" to use your services only leads to much frustration. Truth is, the majority never follow through.

2- Lesson learned in #3 is normal and nothing to take personally.
1- The freedom to be your own boss and experience success is addictive. No turning back!


Tristen@blissfulchaos said...

Thanks for stopping by! I am your newest follower!
Looking forward to keeping up with your blog!

Debbie said...

It sounds like you are going to figure it all out though. It is nice to be home!