It’s Time to Start a Business

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Well, I’ve done it, I’ve ordered my first 50 business cards for my very own business. I chose Moo.com because they let users choose more than photo for the back side. What do you think…good choice or no? I’m so grateful to my Facebook friends for helping me find Moo.com and choose photos!

No, I don’t have a tax ID number or a business name or a business bank account or a website. Yet. But I have a card to hand to someone when they ask for one, or when I mention one of the things I do for work and I hear that little uptick in the listener’s voice when they say, “Oh really?!”

What to do next? Well, working on my blog came to mind, so here I am. Then I think I’ll set up my business bank account – I hear I should set aside 25% of my income to business expenses, does that sound right? 

Then I think I’ll make it official with the state and federal government. I don’t really want to hand over my hard-earned money, but I do like having lines on the roads and garbage pickup and free schools, so I guess I do my part. I just wish I could check the NO box for my money going to fighter jets and bombs…

Then I’ll work on my website – but do I choose WordPress or Wix.com or…? Suggestions? I want to be able to do it all myself and make changes often.

Oh, then I guess I have to actually get out and work. Doing what? Here’s what I’d do if I had a choice, in order of how much I want to do them:

1. Write – blogs, articles, books as a ghost writer…anything for which I would get paid any amount. Seriously, any amount. I love writing but have never made a dime directly from writing. 

2. Organizing – offices, garages, kitchens, closets…I love to organize other peoples’ stuff. Call me weird (I can take it), but I like to take a room that completely and utterly overwhelms someone and:

  • go through each item to determine whether it’s a keeper, donation, garbage or something to sell
  • do a thorough deep cleaning using my green cleaning supplies
  • leave the room looking all dapper and lovely, ready to finally be put to use.

3. Sea Kayaking – this is number one in the spring and summer! I love to put together kayak tours and classes – two hours or two days or two weeks, I love it all. I’ve focused on women’s kayak tours with yoga (I’m working on my instructor certification), but I love kayak tours with all ages and sexes 🙂 

4. Outdoor Program Development – this is only at the bottom of the list because I don’t know how much I’ll get to to this and get paid, but I spent 10 years creating, marketing, teaching and managing outdoor programs such as Outdoor Adventure Camp (taking kids ages 8-12 kayaking, standup paddleboarding, mountain biking and hiking), kayak tours for up to 80 people, standup paddleboard yoga and such. I love it and I’m very, very good at it, if I do say so myself.

I’ve realized I like to be humble in this life, but that to have a successful business, I have to be able to toot my own horn and put myself out there. I used to be excruciatingly shy, but as a teenager I realized it was terribly boring and unnecessary, so I’ve worked hard at being a social creature. I think I’m doing alright with it.

So, off to continue this never-ending process of becoming a business owner. Yep, I think I’m going to like this. And hate it. But I think I’ll like it more than hate it. 

What do you think – do you have your own business and enjoy it? What else should I be doing and/or thinking of?

Happy Living, 

Spring

PS – here are some of the photos I chose for my first business card backs:

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