I’m Scared to Fail

I’m scared to fail.

There, I said it! I’ve been in business for over two years now and I’m still scared. Does this stop me? Nope! I know that I’ve got the drive and ability to be successful. This is not just a hobby for me. This is my passion! I’m just not cut out for what I’ve called the cubicle life. I get too antsy too quickly.

I thought about what my passion truly is over the last week. What I realized pretty quickly is that my passion is to work from home as a business owner and blogger. First, I thought about why I felt this way. I came up with the fact that I want to be my own boss. Next, I thought about why I want to be my own boss. For that, I came up with the reason that I’ve always answered to myself and no one else. I want to keep it that way. Lastly, my passion for writing, freelancing and blogging have grown over the last two years.

First, there are always going to be doubters. Second, people will tell me/you that it’s not possible to be successful as an entrepreneur. I respectfully disagree! I see some of my favorite people doing this and being so great at it. In fact, check out Horkey Handbook or Believe In a Budget for proof that people like me (and you) can do this! The keys to success (many of them) are below and they work! Another thing you may be told is that you’re not talented enough to succeed. Believing that is believing in BS! We are all talented in our own amazing ways!

The keys to success (many of them) are below and they work! Another thing you may be told is that you’re not talented enough to succeed. Believing that is believing in BS! We are all talented in our own amazing ways! A big reason I have been able to continue when clients don’t come to me so quickly is that I believe in myself and have the passion for what I’m doing. First thing’s first, what are the keys to success? These are my top four but it’s not an exhaustive list.

Keys to Success

  1. Passion
  2. Drive
  3. Love of yourself
  4. Love of your Brand

Failure is bound to happen from time to time. Success usually follows. Fight for your business, fight for your brand, fight for yourself! When people get you down, pull yourself up and continue on. I’m scared to fail. You’re probably saying to yourself “Rob, how can you still say that after all this?” Easy, I’m still human!

Until next time!

I’m Back!

I’m back!

I cannot believe it’s been two months since my last post. Things have been very busy with a job change and some life changes but it’s finally calmed down.

I’ve been working on doing some other home based things and was thinking today at the gym that I hadn’t posted in a while. When I logged on to see when my last post was, I was shocked! Okay, enough babbling. I’m starting to look for new clients again and reaching out to former ones as well. I said in a previous post that I wanted to be out of the 9-5 by the end of this summer. That sadly isn’t going to happen.

I said I took a new job. Well, I did as a Mortgage Assistant closer to home. It will allow me to not only have a sustainable income but will also allow me to hopefully work more on my freelancing at a reasonable pace. I’ve been looking at different work at home opportunities for freelancers and recently applied again to rev.com. I’m awaiting their response. In the meantime, I’m continuing to try and grow my client base.

I was thinking about something while working out today. It’s great to work your body and your mind, but as freelancers, we need to work out our business too. That is something I have been sadly lacking in lately. No wonder I am looking again for clients! Time to beef things up….A LOT!

Here is my plan of attack:

  1. Start posting at least once a week
  2. Finish automating my e-mail newsletters for once a week delivery
  3. Put an e-mail sign up window here on the website
  4. Get clients

These are SMART goals which I know I can achieve! Time to get started and grow my business yet again. I’m back and ready to kick some serious butt!

Beginning the Transition

 

Beginning the transition to full-time freelance work has been on my mind for a long time. Today at my office job I had an epiphany! When I looked at what I was dealing with each day at my current job, I realized I wasn’t as happy as I am when I’m freelancing.

I’ve made mistakes in the past as a freelancer, we all have but I learned from those mistakes (which were all on me) and am striving to work harder than ever. The best thing about starting the transition now is that I have a small list of current and former clients that I can reach out to thanks to my networking skills. I also just took a new class and will be offering a new service to my clients very soon. It was after taking this class that I found a renewed passion for what I do and I decided to begin pushing myself even more.

To start the transition, I’ve decided to start this weekend by reaching out to new and prospective clients. It’s imperative to get my name back out in the community, begin working again so I can bring in the income needed to sustain myself and pay my bills. It goes beyond that for me, though. I feel truly happy when I’m freelancing and working for myself. There is something freeing about making your own hours, being able to work wherever you’d like, and taking control of your career!

Beginning the transition will be a fun and scary process but I’m ready for it. I know deep down that it will be the best thing for me and those I care about. I want to end my day on a high note as often as possible so my partner and I can just enjoy each other’s company without the added stress. Here is to working hard and succeeding with my transition to freelancing full-time!

Hard Work Pays Off

Hard work pays off. That’s right. When you work hard, put yourself out there and you follow up, you can get clients!

My story for this week follows this formula. What formula is that you may be asking? Let me share it.

My Formula

  1. Get a referral from a network colleague
  2. Reach out to the potential client
  3. Set up a meeting with the client
  4. Ace the meeting
  5. Make a great impression
  6. Follow up if need be
  7. Let them get back to you and say they want to hire you!

Yup, it’s not exactly easy or simple but it works. I am speaking from experience this past week. I had an interview with a potential client about a week ago. It went really well and I waited patiently for the client to get back to me. It was not easy, trust me. I wanted to know if I could count this new company as a client. I was excited to get going and do something new and fun. It’s a combo job of both writing and VA work. Well, this week I received an email that my rates were reasonable and that they want to bring me on board. I have another call with the owner this weekend and I am supposed to start on Monday. In short:

Hard work pays off!

When I think about how my business takes some of my time each day, it makes me smile. That means I’m doing something right. There are companies and people out there interested in the work I produce. That is not to say I’m going to abandon those who gave me my first chances. Just the opposite. I want to show not just loyalty to those who gave me my first shots in both VA and writing for pay, but also remember where I started my business, which was from nothing. That’s right. I put up the money for my website, thought of my business name, and worked my butt off to get new clients. I push myself every day to succeed and that is how hard work is paying off for me!

If you want to learn more about my experience as a writer and VA, please look at the website, or check me out on LinkedIn.

 

Building Up your Business

Building your Business

Building up your Business is something we should all strive for. When I started my business last year I had no idea where to start. I just knew I could offer some things to writers and other small business owners. I saw some growth in 2015 but, the truth is, I want to see more in 2016. When I think about ways I/we can all build up my/our business(es), there are a few things that come to mind.

Tips for Building Up Your Business

  • Always be Marketing
    • I got this gem from Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook. She is fantastic and it’s true every day. What this means is use your social media and contacts to build up your business. Find creative ways to market yourself to potential clients. Give them a business card or something with your contact info on it.
  • Use your LinkedIn Profile to pitch to clients.
    • This is simple to say but not always easy. There will be those who do not want to work with you just yet. Don’t give up. Some say contact me later. If the potential client says that, do it. You never know what persistence will bring.
  • Build your Website
    • This sounds like a no-brainer but it is something I highly recommend. You can do a simple “hire me” page with your services if you want but I say try and get a website together. I had a Wix website for a period of time and it worked for a little while. However, if you want to be taken seriously, invest a small amount of money on hosting and get your own .com website. It will go far in building up your business. My website  is set up with WordPress and I use SiteGround for my hosting. I have a link to SiteGround on my Resources and Affiliates page if you want to know more.
  • Fight the Negative Thoughts
    • We all have negative thoughts about ourselves and our business from time to time. Get rid of them! Toss them out the door. They have no place in a thriving and growing business. Replace all those negative thoughts with uplifting thoughts and actions. Put your energy into those things and you will build up your business quickly.
  • Put Yourself First
    • Yes, you’re running a business. That does not mean you shouldn’t put yourself first. If you have things come up that cannot be avoided, take the time and deal with them. You can always come back to your business building the next day. Run your business. Don’t let your business run you or you will run yourself and your business into the floor.
  • Grow/Rely on Your Support System
    • If you don’t already have a support system, start building one. Find like minded people like I did who will support your dreams and vision. Make sure if you do have a support system, they understand that you’re building your business. Ask them to support you via social media, being there when you need an ear, or to simply get you through a tough time in your business.

Building up your Business is something you should always be thinking about. You should brainstorm ways to do it while also remembering that your business is a part of who you are. Put the effort into building it up and it will reward you with success!