One year ago I decided to quit my regular job to pursue a very different lifestyle than most people do. Now I’m (successfully) living a Solopreneur Lifestyle since one year, it’s time for a little review!
There are so many things happening along a year, and if you don’t take the time to appreciate them every day you will feel like the year passed by super quickly.
But actually a year is so freaking long, and looking back on what you achieved is actually a huge mountain of awesome work!
Today I wanna share my thoughts on the first year as a Solopreneur without a traditional job. What’s good about it, but also what might be bad and consider before you take the leap to become self-employed?
A Word on Quitting & Planning
In March 2017 I decided to quit my job and the original idea was that I would keep on selling one of my e-books, perhaps create another digital product and spend most of my time on a few client projects.
The plan looked reasonable to me, that’s the reason why I trust my feelings and took the leap.
Truth is, everything went actually a lot different..
First, 2 of the clients I was already negotiating with never answered my emails again so I was left with one smaller project and one project later that year. Also, my e-book sales dropped faster than expected so the income from that product was pretty low as well.
All of that could have caused a lot of trouble, but at the same time my membership side started with a loud BANG.
I’d planned this project and for some reason the go-live was exactly when I had my last day, and although I hoped for some income through that side, actually more than 100 people joined the first day.
This meant I had a good income for a few months plus monthly recurring revenue. It was not enough to cover my full “salary” but it was a good (and still is) steady amount to support a big part of my income.
Therefore my advice: You can plan your exit as good as you can but things will go wrong. Plans will fail, even if you are sure you did everything right. There are some things you just can’t control or predict.
Just accept that this happens and you will feel a lot more prepared when things go wrong.
The freedom you have in your life when you are not bound to a 5 days-a-week-you-have-to-be-somehwhere rhythm anymore is unbelievable. It was the thing I had imagined when working a full-time job and commuted 2 hours per day, but never thought it could be real. Turns out it is real now.
Also, you are not bound to a specific skillset when “doing your own thing”. If you got a job, most likely you have one area you are working in or even one specific task. Right now, I can do everything from software development, marketing, sales, business growth..I even started a Vlog some weeks ago!
Finally, my income is not limited or fixed, whatever I achieve over the month or year is mine! You don’t have to negotiate for a higher salary but just work better and immediately see the results of your work (which is another plus). Your daily work directly impacts the success of the business.
I could go on for hours, but let’s cap it to these 3 big topics: More time for the important things, more interesting work, more money.
Over the year I’ve seen (and felt) that not everything is awesome or easy when you work for yourself. If you don’t set boundaries, you will likely work all day and even on weekends because the work is basically never finished. There’s always something you could work on or hustle.
You will feel excitement for things that seem to work out, and you will be frustrated if things don’t work out as planned. And then there are things you can’t control but only time shows if they work out. So you also need patience and the optimism to keep going, even on bad days.
There’s nobody telling you what to do or when to do. You could easily sleep long every day, watch Netflix and just do as you want to. But if you want to treat your business serious, make sure to plan your week and stick to your plan.
Also, it’s hard to be responsible for everything. You see how this was a good thing some paragraphs before?
There’s always a matching bad thing for a good thing, and if you can keep them in balance and focus on the good, your life will be filled with a lot more happiness.
The Truth about Solopreneur Life
I can’t say that everything about this different lifestyle is awesome – you will run through a lot more emotions and need to handle them appropriately.
Anger, fear, desperation or loneliness to name just a few of them. It’s easy to get caught up with your thoughts and huge plans, but what actually counts is the daily work.
Every weekday I try to get up at 5am, and most of my days don’t end before 5pm. There are distractions happening in between, but I still try to maintain some sort of “official border” for my work and take the weekends off.
There is no one fits all solution for a Solopreneur Lifestyle, but if you are dedicated to your dream you can achieve it.
Would I do the change again? 100% yes!
If you have any questions about my days, work or lifestyle just let me know below and I’m happy to share more insights with you!