Entrepreneur Update

Emily Wong Posted by Emily Wong, Digital Editorial Intern, Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

It's been a month since I left my full time position.

It's been a month since I left my full time position. I should say, it's been a month since I left my full time position at the Company where I was working. Starting your own business is a full time position! I have been so busy getting things set up, networking, taking a class on how to have a Facebook page, contacting people, and figuring out what to do, that I have been working full time. Now, I love the flexibility! I am doing these things when I want to. I've heard from people who work at home that it is so easy to get distracted by all the "home" things you have to do. I haven't had that problem and, unfortunately, my house shows it! I've also heard that people who work at home miss going to the office everyday and having contact with others. That certainly hasn't been a problem for me yet! I've had so many networking events to attend that I have had somewhere to go every day and people to see and talk to every day. So, I've decided that all that is just what someone makes of it. I'm also taking a class to become a certified coach so I have reading to do, things to think about, and homework to complete as well as lots to learn. See, I have a full time schedule!

Is any of my busyness paying off so far? Yes! I've already got some training or speaking events on my calendar that are paying engagements! It's not much but it is a start. I've planned on the fact that it would take 6-12 months to get going good. Some have told me that it will take as much as 18 months. I am pleased so far.

What have I learned in the first month? With all the things I have to do, I've got to have more discipline. It is so easy to get caught up in doing research on a topic, answering e-mails, etc. that I don't get to some of the really important things I need to do like finishing my brochure describing my offerings or working on my book. And, there are so many events to go to (even in Jackson, Mississippi, where a lot of people say there is nothing to do!) that I am going to have to be more strategic and pick ones to attend that I feel will be the most beneficial for what I am trying to do. That's not just a time issue--my waist line and hips can only handle so many breakfasts, luncheons, and receptions!

All and all, the first month has been good. I am very excited about what I am doing and have no regrets about my decision so far. There are a few worries--that just motivate me to do and do--but no regrets.

I am anxious to hear any advice or any leads for training and coaching!