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My First 100 Days as an Entrepreneur

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Following 22 years of employment, I recently joined the ranks of the self-employed by launching my own business and personal development coaching practice (www.chrismillercoaching.co.nz). The business had been 2 years in development, with the service model, branding and client attraction / retention strategy constant areas of discussion with my circle of advisors and friends in business.

The first 100 days in business have brought:

- ​Complete creative freedom (vs the restraints of employment)
- Time is my own and a 9-5 rhythm a thing of the past
- Being my own boss - only one person can hold me accountable for my commitment to the business (though friends and family help cheer and nudge me along)
- A feeling of Unlimited Potential (financial, client impact, self-expression etc)
- 'Sick days' and 'unpaid leave' become meaningless when self-employed; it all results in lost opportunity
- Adding value wherever I can, and realising that every relationship has the potential to grow my business or boost / damage my reputation (even when you least expect it)
- The realisation that people are willing to pay me for the value I can add to their business or their life
- The security of regular paychecks are a distant memory; invoicing for my time / value is the new normal
- Operating solo can be lonely, but business advisors, strategic partners and great clients can fill the need for social interaction.

Above all, I expected fear, stress, uncertainty and a few crises as I launched this business. None of these have materialised, which suggests I am on the right track, very lucky, living my purpose and loving the joyful experience of running a business I am extremely proud of!! 

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Comments 1

Guest - Samantha (website) on Saturday, 07 December 2019 13:43

Nothing we will accomplish without endurance and dedication on what we do. We should know how to value things and be competitive.

Nothing we will accomplish without endurance and dedication on what we do. We should know how to value things and be competitive.
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Saturday, 07 December 2019