Monthly Archives: January 2015

Why (just about) everyone should have their own business

Starting a business is not for everyone… or is it? I’ve come to the conclusion that if it is not for everyone, then it is certainly for most people. I’m not talking about necessarily starting the next Apple or even running a small local Mom and Pop shop for that matter. But I do think that most people should be running their own show independent from their employer (even if they love their job and wouldn’t dream of leaving!)

I’ve gained a bit of a reputation recently in some circles for helping others get jobs (or, at least interviews). My day job brings me in contact with a lot of business owners, so when a position becomes available, there is a pretty decent chance that I will hear about it. But when someone tells me that they are looking for a job, I almost always ask them why they don’t go into business for themselves.

This was the case recently when a friend of mine (who has a job but isn’t getting a lot of hours), mentioned that he was looking for another part time job. When I mentioned that perhaps he run his own side business – he explained that the idea frightened him. But while he was envisioning buildings, overhead, employees, etc., I was envisioning something much simpler – like posting an ad on Kijiji or Craigslist. You know… advertising his skills and seeing what happens.

If you’ve got a skill or service to offer, then starting your own business doesn’t have to be complicated.  And it doesn’t have to be a replacement for a job with a steady income either – if you need the security of regular employment (and there is absolutely no shame in that!), it can simply be a side gig. And if your side mushrooms into something even more profitable than your day job? All the better!

Need more reasons to start your own business?

It helps to keep you sharp – Even the best jobs can get routine – having your own gig helps you stay creative and passionate about what you do. It can arguably even make you a better employee.

You’ll develop new skills – I started my business because of my writing ability – but in the process, I’ve developed stronger accounting and negotiation skills.

It offers security – No one should be completely reliant on their employer. I personally know more than a few people who have been totally blindsided by a layoff or business closure.

More money – I might not have purchased those designer sunglasses before when all I had was my regular salary – but now who knows? Maybe even save up for that paddleboarding excursion in Costa Rica! (And I’m also socking more away for retirement as recommended by my financial advisor)

It’s fun! – And really, do you need another reason?

Things I Do to Avoid Writing…

I don’t know whether this is the case for most writers, but I tend to experience a bit of a slow down each January. It’s not really a big deal – in fact, after a crazy December of scrambling to finish up projects by the end of the year, it’s kind of nice to have the breather.

I do find however, that getting motivated again after a slow-down can sometimes be challenging. Especially with all the other distractions. I could write a top ten list of things that I do to help motivate myself… but being in a bit of a subversive mood today – here is a list of ways that I have managed to distract myself from writing instead 🙂

1. Skating in the park followed by a hot chocolate from Starbucks.

2. Scrolling through Facebook – not posting, just scrolling.

3. Checking my stock portfolio online. Hitting refresh, refresh, refresh…

4. Stretching my back because it feels good.

5. Spinning around in my chair.

6. Shopping online because I need a new purse.

7. Make myself some tea.

8. Go back for more hot water because I like my tea really hot.

9. When all else fails, write a top ten list.

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Seven Writing Resolutions for a Mind-Blowing 2015

Happy New Year everyone – I can still say that right? I think until at least the end of January, it is ok to say Happy New Year. (My husband says it until practically March, but I think that’s going a bit too far don’t you?)

As far as my writing career goes, 2014 was pretty epic. I gained some great new clients and I really developed a process for incorporating writing into my everyday life. And if 2014 was epic, I’m looking to make 2015 absolutely mind blowing (in a good way, of course.)

So here are my 2015 writing resolutions:

1. Write at least 2000 words 5 days a week

2. To consistently make social media posts – 1x per day on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, and at lease 1x per week on LinkedIn

3. To meet at least one potential client each week.

4. To finally have some business cards made up,

5. To post on my own blog (here) at least bi-weekly.

6. To read daily (even if it’s just a little)

7. And to become more proficient with my WordPress site