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Suddenly, umm, Self/Un-Employed

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So I’ve recently had a big kick in the butt from the universe saying “Hey, go work for yourself.”

It was pretty unsubtle.

So, I am suddenly self-employed (I mean, of course once I get a business name registered and all that, which is in the works soon), which actually means I’m currently unemployed.

So while I am working out all these business things, developing a business plan and getting all the things lined up like how to get set up for bookkeeping, I figured I should get my writing chops warmed up and start blogging in earnest.

Now that we have the nonchalant “it's all good, everything will be fine” paragraphs out of the way, let’s talk about how I’m TERRIFIED of working for myself. But I am also, EXTREMELY EXCITED.

I’ve wanted to work for myself for as long as I can remember. But it scares the hell out of me. I know a few people who have totally failed at self-employment, so that scares me. But, I realized recently that I don’t really know what I’m waiting for to get started, and that I’m in a pretty prime position to give it a try. I don’t have any dependents, I don’t have a mortgage payment, I’m not married, and I rent my parent's basement suite. I’m pretty low-stakes when it comes to risks. Probably the worst thing that could happen is if I don’t make enough to cover my car payment, and I could have to sell it. In the grand scheme of “things that you could lose in your life:” a car is pretty low-value, in dollars or emotional impact.

I’m scared out of my mind to try this, but it's something that I’ve wanted to do for so long, I know that I will kick myself if I never try it. There’s only one way to find out, right?

So, what will I do?

I’ve got plenty of skills: photography, writing, videography, graphic design, and layout design, web design, and I can play the Ukulele a little bit. That last one is probably the most important, and potentially the most lucrative, I’m sure I’ll have a record deal and a world tour booked quite soon.

I’ve got too many ideas kicking around in my head, so my first plan of action is to get those out on paper (Real paper, not on my blog. No one wants to see that mess) and see if I can streamline all the things sort of into one direction.

So here’s to trying new things, new adventures, new directions.

What have I got to lose?

Cheers!