Do you really know what it feels like to be a slave to the lender?
When we borrow money, there’s not just a financial cost but also an unexpected emotion interest payment that goes along with it. And boy do I wish I could have felt what this pressure was like before I applied for my student loans.
My Brief List of March 2018 Goals
- Finish populating my next book with prewritten content.
- Move forward with an orderly home initiative in light of the new incoming child.
- Improve my services and Joomla web design pages.
- Knock out several small house maintenance projects.
Two months down, ten to go. So far, I’m making progress on both my annual and monthly goals but with the expectation of child number five, this fall with some unexpected events will require adjustments going forward.
Let’s start this monthly reflection point by sharing the lessons I’ve learned.
No matter how well organized and self-directed your organization (or project) may be, it truly does require a strong vision-centric leader to move it forward. If you thought you could launch something and have it lead itself, I'm sorry to say that type of business is quite rare (if not impossible).
Hopefully, you recognize this and take the time to intentionally decide what happens next with your organization or side project that currently hangs in the balance of your decision.
Let's start with a question. Does it make more sense to change and continue or to stop and shut down?
As you think through how to answer that question, let me share several stories of when I've ended or pivoted along a journey to inspire you towards your most appropriate next step.
Since May 2017, I've been using Harpoon* to manage my invoices (automatic payment reminders), track my expenses, and project my future expected income (with dashboard charts). It wasn't until after I wrote Path of the Freelancer that I found this wonderful tool, and when I did it seemed like they created the app from the what I wrote! We were aligned with our philosophies when it came to managing income and invoices as a freelancer.
Freelancing is hard. The roller coaster is wearing. And then it happens. You lose several clients all at once for a variety of reasons. You experienced what it was like to survive as a freelancer on your journey to sustainability, but it's a different situation when you regress back to survival mode after a season of success.
In an instant, it feels like your back to where you started. Depression sets in and doubt creeps your way as you begin pondering if you have what it takes. So where do you go from here?
If you fully commit to making this work (pursue new clients instead of a new job), I've got five systems to help you move forward and minimize the risk of this happening again. It starts by planning with the expectation that these challenges will continually come your way.
With $100 in credit at the real-time survey tool 1Q (referral link), I had the idea this past weekend to send an open-ended question to business owners as a way of exploring topics I could write about here on this blog. I set up my AskVert (what 1Q calls each survey panel) and sent out the question listed below.
- What's one of the biggest challenges (Business, Personal, Relational, anything...) you're facing right now?
The mini-survey went out to self-employed married men ages 28-55 with at least two children and earning at least $75k per year (a similar profile to myself). The question went out at 1:06 pm and within 41 minutes, I had one-hundred answers.
This open-ended question received a combination of short and expanded answers. Some answered with more than one challenge while two of the results were null (it's why the numbers don't add up to 100). Here's a summary of the results after I sorted through and organized them for a more effective understanding.
There are unexpected events along the blogging journey, and those ahead of me that share provide insight and inspiration to help me along. So here I am, doing the same. One of these surprises included discovering the blog post driving a majority of my site's organic search traffic (Three Ways We Can Respond To Those Who Offer Their Help).
Until recently, I wasn't writing articles with a focused intent to generate organic website traffic. So, it was a pleasant surprise when I discovered success ten months after publishing my article on how to respond to an offer of help. Out of everything I wrote, I would not have guessed this post to be the one to drive a thousand visitors my way.
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