Entrepreneurship

384 days later…

It’s been 384 days since I left the corporate world. From a full-time employee to an entrepreneur. I must admit that it’s undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made. During this time, I have completed my MBA programme (now waiting for the official graduation ceremony) and I have serviced about 30 clients all on my own. I will be moving to my new humble abode in a couple of months, which will house my humble home office. 2019 is a very exciting year for me, and I just cannot wait for things to unfold!

Through the 384 days, there have been some highs and lows, but on the whole, it’s been nothing short of positive! I have expanded my network by three-folds and I’ve received more appreciation than I’ve ever had over my 15-year-career. I am amazed at how simple things can actually be when you are working on your own. Instead of being reprimanded and being stressed out about not performing, while reporting to conflicting bosses, I now only have 1 focus, and that is to please my client. And let me tell you, it’s way easier to impress your clients than to impress a boss. Then again, maybe I’ve had very tough bosses, which in turn makes impressing clients much easier. So thank you ex-bosses!

I enjoy the fact that I can share what I truly think how a copy should go and I am a lot more confident presenting my ideas. I no longer have to be afraid of getting shot down regardless of how good an idea is. In the business world, there are a lot more opportunities to learn and grow than I could have imagined.

But perhaps the best feeling of it all was to have the liberty to make my own decision where there is no one to blame but myself. If I have made a wrong business decision, then I just need to acknowledge the mistake, learn the lesson and move on. Gone are the days of having to think of tonnes of excuses to justify why I have done something wrong.

I also get to dictate my own time, and I have learned the power of saying NO. No to inefficiencies, no to ridicule, no to unreasonable expectations, and no to things that do not make sense. I have much better use of my time now. I spend time on things that are important to me, and I am much happier because of that.

I have been very lucky, and I am forever grateful to my family and friends who are ever so supportive, and the universe for aligning everything in place. I am counting my blessings every day before I go to bed and I am confident that it will get even better with time.

2019 Resolution

I came across this post on a Friday morning and find it very inspirational. Just wanted to share it with everyone. Take this as an opportunity to rewire your brain on the fear of rejection by reading this very inspirational post.
We are always looking out for recognition and approval by doing what is right. We have been taught and conditioned to avoid doing the wrong things since young. And along the way, we became fearful of rejection. And this fear becomes much worse with perfectionists.
I must admit that I used to be a perfectionist. But the entrepreneurial journey has scrubbed me up with reality. I have had a couple of rejections which I took quite personally, but reading this post really helped me a lot. It’s like someone turned on the light bulb and I can now see why I needed those rejections. They are all part of the journey growing up.
So in the spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to share it with the people around me, which is you. So do take a look and have a read even if you are not an entrepreneur. As I believe that this would apply to all areas of our lives. Hopefully, it’ll give you a dose of positivity on a beautiful Friday morning at the start of the year…and that it will last throughout the year. Here’s the link again: https://contently.net/2019/01/10/voices/why-rejections-were-the-best-thing-to-happen-to-me/
Get inspired today!

Happy New Year 2019

I have had a wonderful and blessed 2018. It was a year with many changes, but a year with all the changes welcomed.

I’ve quit my full-time job, ventured into entrepreneurship and survived for the past 8 months. I am very thankful for all the support and help that I’ve received along the way.

I’m constantly reminded that I am finally living the life that I’ve always dreamed of and I am gloriously happy about it. Here’s how I would sum up 2018 with my little rhyme:

I am finally living the life that I want, 
But it does not come easy.

I have worked hard to build my story,
And I’ve cut back on luxury.

I’ve travelled a lot more  
And never left hungry.

I am thankful for the opportunities,
And the friends that I meet.

I may have tripped over some humps and bumps,
But I’m full of positivity.

The New Year is upon us,
And we have a new list finally.

Let’s set some new goals and targets,
And see them through thoroughly.

My wish for you is to live it happily and healthily.
So that we have a reason, 
To celebrate 2019 with glee.

PS: It’s the first time I’ve attempted a rhyme, and special thanks to my friend Eileen Chew for helping me to perfect it. We had a lot of fun along the way.

So, I’m definitely looking forward to a brand new 2019 and I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone here HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

Happily Self-Employed

Well hello there!
I figured it was time to write a quick update about my journey thus far to keep you updated on how I’m doing. 5 months in and I’m glad to say that I’m happily self-employed. I do not use the word freelancing because where I’m located, people do not take freelancers seriously. So I use the word self-employed, and I get a fairer and better treatment (aka being taken seriously).
Over the past 5 months, I’ve been to more networking events than I’ve ever had over the last 10 years combined. I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum of working hard and being lazy. I’ve worked 7 days a week, and then take 1 month off, then worked 7 days a week again. I have had 5 deadlines over 5 days, and I worked till 2am in the morning. I’ve worked at home, worked in different cafes (cafe hopping), travelled outstation to work (for a change of scenery) and back to cafe hopping.
For those who are curious:
Have I made money? Yes.
Did I make more? No.
Have I made enough to get by? Sometimes.
Is the life of a freelancer/self-employed close to what I have imagined? Yes and no. (Read this article)
Am I loving it? Hell yeah!
And is it worth it? Definitely!
I have to say I have been really lucky because I’m surrounded by concerned friends helping me by either giving me work or referring someone who needs my services. I’ve even received free meals from friends knowing that I may sometimes be strapped for cash! I cannot thank them enough, and I vow to thank them more when I make a steady income.

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I have had a variety of clients, and I will continue to look out for more. I’m learning every day about how to negotiate, how to manage my time, and how to communicate clearly. It is difficult to some extent, but it is also exciting and I’ve grown to be a better person.
I’ve also met some very interesting people on my journey. Some are weird, some are disappointing, but they all paled in comparison to the many more good people that I’ve met. I’m thankful for clients who are trusting and clients who are willing to give me the opportunity to learn and grow together with them.
Oh, and I must not forget about friends who are still remembering and recommending me to jobs that they think would suit me, or where my skills and knowledge would be useful. Keep them coming as I will never say no to a new adventure! Quoting from Richard Branson – If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!
That’s all for now!
Sending lots of love your way…XOXO!
 

Go where you are celebrated

My entrepreneurship journey is coming close to 3 months and I have never been happier and more satisfied in my job for as long as I can remember.

Every day, I wake up with a sense of happiness and gratitude. I have received compliments that sounded weird to me at the beginning for  I never received any in the past when I was an employee. I love the fact that I am so much more in control of my time, my passion, focus and efforts. I am working harder, but I am happier.

I have no one to answer to except for my clients. I am blessed with wonderful clients who are kind, friendly and understanding. They are the motivation for me to do better each day for them. Every piece of work is something that I’m proud of and it’s even better when clients tell me Thank You, Wonderful, Perfect, Well Done!

The phrase that kept jumping out at me the past 3 months is “Don’t stay where you are tolerated. Go where you are CELEBRATED!” Never would I have ever dreamed that this statement would apply to me. Yet, here I am, giving thanks every single day.

I would like to give thanks to everyone around me! Whether you have been helping me directly or indirectly, your efforts are much appreciated and I will remember it for a long time to come.

THANK YOU Y’ALL!

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