Yeah it’s been a while since I did any really solid, income-generating work for myself. Since “the divorce” I’ve been busy working on a business restructure and thinking of new things… and I’m almost ready to launch it. With a new website and a new design – not to mention a new focus – I’m hoping that Self Employment Take Two will be more successful.
Whereas before I was the prime mover in a business that tried to be all things to all people (How To Fail in Business Rule #1), with projects that cost more than they earned (How To Fail in Business Rule #2), this new incarnation will take just one part of that business and focus on that aspect pretty much entirely. What is it? Doesn’t sound glamorous, but I must admit I love it: copywriting (with some editing thrown in).
I got really down on myself for not being able to make a success of Self Employment Take One. As with anything like that, it seems only logical to take it personally. With everything else going on in my life, it seemed that running a business as well was just too much, at the wrong time. I nearly ditched everything: all the clients, all the publications. I nearly sold the business, come to that – not that I would’ve got much for it. Thanks to solid advice from my dad, my accountant, my best friend and other mates besides, I didn’t do that.
Instead, I restructured it so I can function as a sole trader, and just let the Brascoe business “fade away”. In fact, that business doesn’t exist anymore, except for its web presence, and even that is going to die very soon as well.
This week I had the (good?) fortune to be working in a job with absolutely nothing to do, so I was able to set up a new website, fill it with text, start the blog rolling on it, and have moves to get the design cranking. It’s nearly finished. It’s killing me (as new projects are wont to do) that I can’t give you the link yet! But I will. Soon.
So – with all of this in front of me, clients on the books and meetings set next week with potential new clients, I’m starting to become excited again about working for myself.
Fingers crossed I can get Self Employment Take Two to work. If it does work, then I won’t have to go through all of the struggle of feeling like a failure – work-wise – ever again, and it might be the last time I have to face this enormous leap. Wish me luck!