When I saw that Allie‘s theme for Write 31 Days was “Start Now, Improve Later,” I knew that it was something I needed to explore. This month, as well as writing my way through my own Write 31 Days series, I’m trying to start up an online business. These are words I never thought I would say—I’m not fond of the uncertainty of working for myself, and the vulnerability that it places on me. But since a recent unexpected job loss has left me working outside my home only three days, I knew I had to try it out.
As a perfectionist, I want to make sure that everything is perfectly planned and arranged before I get started, but I know that if I wait until then, I’ll never begin. There will never be a better time than now, I keep telling myself. I don’t have to know everything about being a sole proprietorship to start looking up the legal requirements. I don’t have to have a perfectly designed website to begin putting up informational pages that all start with “Under Construction!” I don’t have to launch a huge social media campaign, but I can start telling close friends and family about my plans.
My current goals are to have the rough draft of my website put up by the end of this month, and to be open for business by January. Of course, I’ll spend plenty of hours between now and then polishing, organizing, and researching the requirements of my new business—I want to be a consultant for people who need a little organizational help for their schedules, big events, or lives in general, and there are still a lot of decisions I need to explore with that. But I’m trying to remind myself to start now. I can always make things better—improve later—but I have to have something to improve, first. So here’s to taking the plunge, even when things seem confusing and plans are haphazard. Here’s to living more and worrying less. That’s my goal this month, and I hope it’ll carry over into the rest of my perfectionist life.
Monica - thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on this topic and best of luck with your new online business! Here's to taking the plunge!
Monica's #write31days topic is 31 Days of Women Who Dare. I've been enlightened reading through her posts - check it out! If book reviews are your thing, she also writes at Newbery and Beyond. So, to recap, she writes two blogs, reads books, is starting a new business, is not falling off of this writing challenge like I apparently am, and also managed to write a post for my series.
Thanks again, Monica!