Easy: Dreaming, Ideas, Goals, Passion, Busy Work, Setting up a website, podcast, blog, social media accounts, business entity, setting up Stripe & Paypal and Freshbooks, daily Instagram photos, Medium articles, weekly live streams on Firetalk….
Hard: Executing a business plan and strategy
I’ve got that feeling in my stomach. That moment when it really doesn’t matter how hard you’ve been working, but how are you going to pay the bills. I used to pull all nighters in college because I have a strong work ethic, but it made no difference to my grades. It made me feel better that I was giving it 110%, but I was fooling myself. I think I am catching myself doing that now. I am trying to do all the things I need to do for my online business like make tutorials and write and provide content, but I’m swirling around instead of doing only the things that must get done. I’m staring into space at my textbooks telling myself I’m doing all I can. My efforts are sincere and genuine, but my actions are ignoring the elephant in the room. A business needs something to sell. I have nothing. Mostly because I haven’t figured out my business model. I know all the advice and what the experts preach about niche and target markets, etc., but I don’t have all the answers. I’m trying. Really hard. By publishing something everyday I get a little bit closer, but I have to push myself even harder I think.
My long-term goal is to publish my own content in the form of photos and podcasts and articles and books and classes and tutorials and get paid for it from wherever I am in the world. I have no wife, kids or pets. I can do or be anywhere in the world I want to be. But I am practical and intentional. I have patience and self-restraint. But, it’s time to turn the corner from ‘finding my voice’ and ‘exploring’ and shift into gear. Self-promotion and marketing annoys me. Maybe because I’m tired of others doing it 24/7. I’m not afraid of selling and in fact in all of my jobs to date, I think I’m pretty good at sales and marketing. I just want to do things on my terms. My hope is that I can put out great work and people will buy it because it delivers them so much value or puts a smile on their face and I do not have to keep asking people to buy stuff. I just have to create and make it available. They want it because they want it. I know this does not sound realistic or practical or good business, but I am a one man band. I have always marched to my own beat.
In the interim, my free brain picking sessions need to taper off. I have to value my ideas and time and stop being silly and charge for my services.
Need help figuring something out? Brain picking sessions available. Happy Sunday.