The hilarious part about starting out on my own full time was to add more time and energy during the day devoted to growing my business, and somehow along the way I learned first-hand what many small businesses deal with: not enough time.
Muncie is a great city to start a business. We have a rich, deep network of smart business professionals. Everyone has been great and supportive as I start this venture. I didn’t expect the reception I received, and I am thankful I have been able to “hit the ground running.”
I’ve been able to deliver the work I promised and start new projects with great people in the last month. Devoting the energy I once reserved for my full-time job to my businesses has definitely paid dividends. The lack of time I’m learning to battle goes back to my own business.
The Struggle is Real
I always understood when a business owner or director shared with me how they constantly battled time. I understood it, but I never really felt it. I feel it now. I haven’t given the time and attention to my own business beyond business development and customer relationships. I haven’t spent adequate time in blogging. I haven’t spent adequate time in building out my business’ website separate from my own (which I hope to do in the next month).
Having this experience only makes me better. It’s easy to think I could become overwhelmed when I realized this, but I look at it as a lesson and a chance to develop more empathy for my customers. You have a business to run no matter what industry you’re in. I set out to help you do better, and I’m learning to look elsewhere for things so I can do better.
This first month as a single entity taught me more lessons than I learned in the past three years as a part-time freelancer. I can only imagine what I’ll learn next.