Last week was my first week as a full-time entrepreneur. Until now, I’ve been a student entrepreneur, combining education and running a business, which basically meant that I couldn’t spend as much time on Life’s Work Lab as I would have liked to. But now that has changed! I finally have that paper I worked my ass off for four years and now nothing is stopping me from conquering the business world. At least, that was how it would go in my head. The truth is, being a successful entrepreneur is going to take long, hard work. It won’t happen overnight and as it turns out, it also won’t happen in your first week. 😉
Adjusting & Setting New Goals
I started my week by revisiting the goals I set earlier to see if they were still what I really wanted. Having a clear focus and direction is important if you want to be effective and efficient. Here are some of the bigger goals I set for myself now that I’m a full-time entrepreneur:
- Make at least 2000 euros a month from Life’s Work Lab before the end of 2019.
- Write, publish and sell an ebook before the end of 2019.
- Reach a combined following of 25k on social media before the end of 2019.
And these are some of the smaller goals I set for myself to reach in August to get me closer to those goals:
- Sign two new clients in the next month.
- Write 20k words in the next month.
- Set up a social media marketing plan and stay consistent with posting every day.
Other things I am going to work on this month are figuring out which investments are worth making and reading at least two business or personal development related books. I started with The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels because I could really use some advice about breaking out of my comfort zone right now.
Taking The First Steps As A Full-Time Entrepreneur
Now that my main goals for my first month as a full-time entrepreneur were clear, I actually had to take action. DUN-DUN-DUUUUN (dramatic sound effect). I started with setting up a basic marketing plan and creating a posting schedule because that’s probably one of the least intimidating things on my to-do list. After all, I am on social media quite a lot (more than I care to admit) and I love talking to you guys, so coming up with what to tell you is actually fun. Writing is one of my biggest passions, so I’ll count that as self-care time. Also not too scary. Getting two new clients though, that’s where things get a little… nerve-wracking.
However, I reached out to some people who have expressed interest in working with us before and I have two intakes scheduled next week! Which is incredibly exciting to me. It has taught me to pick up that phone and send that message, even when it’s a little scary, though.
Dealing With Rejection
However, rejection is a (big) part of client acquisition and the sooner I get used to it, the better. I think the main thing is not to take it personally because it often isn’t. Most likely it just isn’t the right time or the right move for their business. I once saw an article on ‘collecting’ rejections by Kim Liao. By thinking about it this way, she was anticipating rejection. And because of that, she was able to muster up the courage to send out emails and make calls that she never would have made before. You might have guessed it: besides some rejections, she also got a great number of opportunities and ‘yesses’ from this endeavor. So… who are you going to pitch to?I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success - Henry Rollins Click To Tweet
Staying Productive While Working From Home
Besides the fear of rejection, the thing I struggle with is staying productive when I’m working from home. Especially with the extreme heat this week. We reached 40 degrees Celsius here in the Netherlands for the first time in history. And another heat record was set at my apartment that reached 36 degrees (note, we do not have AC.) Usually, I prefer working from my desk at home, but this week I went to a cute lunch café (that did have AC). This actually helped me stay productive, because I didn’t want to get caught watching Netflix instead of working by the waitress. And on top of that, I also had an amazing iced coffee. So if you have trouble staying focused when working from home, find a cute café with wifi or try going to the library.
However, if you’d like to stay home and work in your PJ’s (I don’t judge), it helps me to have a clear schedule of how I’m going to spend my time. Preferably, I make that schedule the night before so I can start right away. Another thing I like to do is have regular coffee breaks and do a small task like putting the laundry away to clear my mind for a minute and then continue.
My Second Week As A Full-Time Entrepreneur
In spite of the heatwave and struggling with productivity because of it, I really enjoyed my first week as a full-time entrepreneur. I love the freedom of deciding what my workdays look like and working with clients on their dream, while simultaneously realizing my own.
Trying to make it as an entrepreneur is going to bring many challenges, but I’m excited to see where this adventure takes me. Next week, I’m going to continue working on my monthly goals and change and add to them as needed. Whatever next week brings…
Bring it on! I’m ready.