Lots of things change when you shift from become a corporate escapee and open up your own shop as an online business consultant. That’s the good bit, right. You wanted to change your work life and have more control.
Some bits you were probably expecting. Like wearing every hat imaginable-marketer, PR, sales, assistant, bookkeeper, creative director…. you get the picture. You’re juggling a lot when you start up and that, in and over itself, can be overwhelming.
Some parts of entrepreneurship were probably a big surprise to you like starting to work with virtual clients. Sounds great to start- who doesn’t want clients, but there are some, eh, unknown issues. Sorta like when you’re pregnant and no one tells you that your ribs will move and how weird that is. When that happened to me my thought was eww, so why didn’t anyone mention this part?
No malicious mommy conspiracy. That physical pain is simply a part of the whole baby experience that doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think having a baby. (But I bet you went ohh, yeah I remember that)
Same thing with being self-employed and taking on the job of chief client manager. There are surprises, even if you were doing the same thing . It’s a big difference when the clients are actually yours. And, no one really thinks to tell you about that… until now!
Pay it forward and tell a newbie what you wish someone had shared with you when you first started your consulting company.
What was your biggest surprise when you started working with clients and how did you handle it?
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