One of the big struggles when it comes to transitioning from a side hustle to being self-employed full time, is the sudden loss of accountability. When you work for someone else, you have no choice but to do all of the work. When you start working for yourself full time, however, this changes. Technically, yes, you still have to do the work. But that’s easier said than done!
As a business owner, you have a hundred and one things to do, and the to do list seems ever growing. I found this to be constantly the case - it never changes, because although, every now and then, you might catch up with all the immediate work, there’s always other stuff you could be working on.
Growing up, self doubt was always lingering, creeping up when I least expected it. Sadly it’s one of those things that I have carried into adulthood, and running my own business means that self doubt makes an appearance on a regular basis.
Over the last few years, I have used lots of different tools to help my business. When I first started, I relied heavily on spreadsheets, because it was the free option, for which I’m definitely grateful for! When you’re first starting out, you don’t want to spend money unnecessarily. You have to be careful about the expenses that very quickly accumulate, and so the free options are perfect for when you’re starting out.
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