Business Burn-Out

October 13th, 2013

One of the unfortunate things about being a 20-something in the 2010s is that finding a job has been nearly impossible. At least for people this age in the United States. As a result of the absolutely awful economy several years ago, I decided to make my own job by starting my own business. Digital marketing, with everything from perfectly composed blog posts to social media management strategies and AdWords management, became my main source of income. It’s something I pursued because I actually enjoyed it, but that’s started to wear off.

Three years into owning my own business, I’ve become tired of the daily grind. I’m sick of working seven days a week, I’m tired of dealing with nit-picky clients who think — erroneously — that they know better. I’m tired of slaving away without health insurance, a 401k, paid vacation days, or any number of other benefits.

So, with that said, it’s time to start winding down the business. I’ve decided to resume my legal studies and pursue a path that will allow me to leave behind my days as a small business owner. While it has been exciting, and at times very rewarding to be my own boss, this is a cycle that I simply view as unsustainable over the long-term.

So, in January, the whole process of adding fancy legal titles to my name begins anew. It’s a process that never should have been abandoned in the first place, and it’s a great way to eliminate my biggest regret. With any kind of luck, I will at least be able to manage a different kind of client, in a different kind of way, which will be a great deal more sustainable over the course of my career.

Here’s hoping.

Here’s to change.

On the Power of Persistence

June 16th, 2012

So, I hate to knock on wood and everything, but I think I’ve reached one of those running-downhill kind of moments in my life. This comes after several years of wanting to kill bitches or punch holes into walls, though, and I think that’s why it’s notable. I have spent the last two years (and change) building my own business from nothing, and it has been extremely stressful and taxing and OMFG-why-am-I-alive-ing. But I recently realized that, like, much to my surprise, everything is alright.

And it’s more than just “alright.” It’s lucrative. Somehow, over the past two years, I have turned my enterprise from a disorganized freelance mess into a $50k annual salary juggernaut. This year, I landed a single client that asked me to overhaul the brands of 700 individual companies, effectively giving me in one job what my entire 2011 salary was. That’s in addition to all the other work I had lined up. And it’s all because I freelanced, stuck it out, took my time, and did a really good job on everything I pursued.

I have been known to really bitch about this setup, and I do still view it as a compromise. I severely want a top-floor job in an executive or legal office in Philadelphia or Manhattan. I won’t stop wanting that. But the important part is that I am systematically laying the foundation for a brighter future, a higher salary, and a longer list of satisfied clients. Despite the stress.

Sometimes, when things are really freaking terrible, you’ve just gotta chug a beer, grit your teeth, and DEAL. Sooner or later, you’re bound to make it through and chuckle at how damn good you are. And oh, I am so, so good. Good, good, good.

That is all.