Things got REAL a little over two weeks ago. That’s when I put in my notice at my day job and officially made the leap.
My side business is now simply my business. I’m self-employed as a solopreneur! It’s my new career. My work. And it feels absolutely amazing.
But let me back up for a moment. I know at the beginning of May, after a meltdown on my end, that I pulled myself together and determined that I would keep going. I would continue to work on my business on the side as I continued to work at my day job as long as possible.
I had every intention of doing just that. “Extra money” coming in every month was wonderful, and I knew it was helping us to get ahead financially.
But this came at a cost. In January, my work weeks went from about 40 hours to 60. As my side business ramped up, so did the time commitment, the effort I had to give and the energy I had to expend to keep up.
When I Knew I Needed to Make the Switch
For the last six months, I haven’t gone for a run. I’ve barely gone outside. I essentially shut out friends and family — although not intentionally, or for negative reasons — and 9 days out of 10, my schedule went a little something like this:
- Wake up.
- Take a cup of yogurt to eat at work as my computer powers on.
- Come home.
- Feel a rush of happy/the sudden realization that I’m starving as the sweetest husband in the entire world brings dinner to my office.
- Go to bed.
My work load grew exponentially with my income. My work hours climbed to 80 hours, then, for most of April and May, 90 hours.
I really liked the extra money coming in and I was motivated to try and stick it out so we could keep having cash to use to further ourselves along to our financial goals.
But I also really missed my life. As the quote goes, my adventures in side hustles and growing my own business had taught me I truly could do anything. But there was no way I could do everything.
Making the Decision to Become Self-Employed and Run My Own Business Full-Time
Something had to give. I had to make a choice. So I chose my dream. I chose happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment. I chose a fresh journey, a new opportunity, and exciting experiences.
This wasn’t something I went into lightly. Even after I had made up my mind, I felt guilty. I thought things like, you just need to work harder! Your happiness isn’t worth giving up providing two incomes.
Ouch. That’s tough stuff, and writing out that thought here really makes it very obvious to me how cruel that inner voice can be.
I did have other thoughts that (mostly) silenced that awful voice in the back of my mind, thoughts that made me feel more confident that I was indeed choosing the right path.
My support group — friends, family, clients, and colleagues — all came from extremely different places, backgrounds, and experiences. They all had something valuable to say and gave me food for thought.
And yet, despite the variety, they all agreed on one thing: whatever my next move was, if I wanted to continue elevating my career and make progress I could be proud of, I needed to make a change and transition out of my day job.
So why not take on this adventure? Why not try working for myself and doing my own thing? I needed to move on, so this presented an excellent opportunity to give my all to a dream and make it work, make it a sustainable, legitimate reality.
Put that way, it seemed crazy not to jump on this chance. I believe in making your own opportunities. That’s what I’ve tried to do to get to this point, and it’s what I’ll continue to do as I learn, grow, and evolve in my career and my business.
My Life as a Solopreneur
I put in my notice on May 15th and my last official day in the office was yesterday, June 3rd.
I’m officially self-employed as a solopreneur. Says so on LinkedIn and Facebook and everything.
I run a content management and writing services business, and I specialize in helping busy entrepreneurs build better businesses for themselves. I handle all the back-end, administrative, and content needs for businesses so that biz owners can focus on what’s truly important to them: their clients.
It’s exciting and it’s terrifying and it’s a lot of other things all at once. But mostly it’s good stuff. I’m happy. Excited. Proud. Eager.
And so grateful to all those who helped make this happen. To those who gave me a chance to prove myself and to let my abilities shine. To those who allowed me the opportunity to grow my business by helping to make theirs a little better, a little easier to run.
To those who encouraged me the whole way. To those who extended their friendship, who celebrated every win with me and were genuinely excited and happy for me.
I have been absolutely blown away by the amount of support and love I’ve been shown by people I admire, by people who are so crazy-talented and fantastic at what they do, by people I’m endlessly appreciative of — it’s amazing that any of these people take even a moment out of their busy days to be happy on my behalf, to extend a helping hand, or to simply be there for me to talk to (or, in some cases, just talk at!).
My life as a solopreneur has only begun, but I already know it is going to be nothing less than one hell of an adventure and an experience.
Thank you to every single person who helped me write this post. I cannot properly express how much you all mean to me.
Oh, yeah, and don’t forget — if anyone needs a writer or a content manager, I think you know who to contact 😉
Have questions about becoming a solopreneur, or about how I officially made the leap to self-employment? Don’t hesitate to ask in the comments!