The Good and The Bad of Becoming My Own Boss…

February 3, 2012  |  

It’s not the sort of reaction you expect when you tell your friend you’ve been laid off, but I guess it made a lot of sense: “Congratulations! This is the best thing that could have happened to you.

“You’ve been dying to leave that company for years. Mazel tov!”

She was right. Yes, I was unhappy at work for what seemed like forever. Although no one else had said it so bluntly, the general consensus among family and friends was that getting laid off from my job was a good thing. Now I could go into business for myself and become a full-time freelance writer.

All my life I had been told to study hard and get an education so I could get a good job. Now even my mother was encouraging me to become my own boss – writing and selling features to newspapers and magazines around the world, effectively becoming my own news agency.

But that was easier said than done. Working out taxes and payroll, getting acquainted with LLCs, S-Corps and Quick Books has made my head hurt. In the month since I launched my company – Marissa Charles Media – I have mostly learned my lessons the hard way. Here is a list of things the Universe has brought to my attention:

I can’t do it all 

Yep. That’s right. I am merely a writer. I say that with genuine humility. I was put on this earth to tell the stories of others and I’m blessed that I have been able to earn a living doing that for more than 12 years.

What I am NOT is an accountant, web designer, lawyer and IT expert. But when I started this business I tried to take on most of those roles with gusto.

Part of being your own boss is realizing your limitations. If you don’t know something, find someone who does.

Looking back, I cannot believe I even thought I could design my own website. Seriously? In the end, finding someone who could tinker away on it while I did other things, was the best decision I ever made and the result speaks for itself.

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