Today is my first day as the head of my own company, and I think I am in shock that I actually did it. Even though I have dreamed of having my own business for years, this change from employee to self-employed is significant. I am quickly realizing that my entire mindset must change. I have second-guessed my decision about a million times today, and I have taken a lot of deep breaths as means to calm my nerves.
Lesson #1: Change can be stressful. Be kind to yourself.
I woke up early this morning without an alarm clock which is really quite amazing given that I am not much of a morning person. I took a shower and drank a cup of coffee. I tried to watch the news, but then I turned it off after about five minutes. I turned on my computer, and stared at it for a minute. Then, I got up from the computer to make the bed, clean the house and eventually get an oil change.
Lesson #1: Establish a routine and set daily goals.
The oil change turned out to an all-day affair. Generally speaking, I have had no issues with my vehicle. However, today I was told that I needed new tires. Gulp. My first day without a regular paycheck, and now I need new tires.
Lesson #2: Expect the unexpected.
As I left the repair shop, my tire sensor went off, so I turned around. The repair shop mechanic took a closer look at my tires and air pressure. Again, I was given the all-clear to go, and just before reaching my next destination, the tire sensor went off again. So, back to the repair shop I went, and this time they discovered the issue was a result of a software malfunction. The mechanic pulled out his laptop, connected it to my vehicle and within a few keystrokes, my vehicle was good to go.
Lesson #3: Have patience.
I finally made it home to write this post. As soon as I am finished here, I will be setting my goals for tomorrow, and yes, I will establish my new routine.
If you are an entrepreneur or solopreneur or simply self-employed, I would love to hear from you. I would appreciate hearing about your routines, rituals or any helpful advice for that matter.
Until next time....