It’s no secret. Being self-employed is not easy. If you are managing a consulting business, finding new clients can sometimes be difficult. If you are providing a product, all of the steps required to launch the product can feel like mountains. I am sure if you asked successful entrepreneurs like John Chow or Mitchell Harper how it was to start their own businesses and make them succesful, they would not say it was easy. I can’t even begin to tell you all of the frustrations I have experienced over the past few months that comes with the unpredictability of self-employment. However, I am also sure if you asked John or Mitch if it was all worth it, they would give a resounding YES!
I have been self-employed since early January and I am currently developing several online and offline businesses. As per my reader requests, this blog is going to focus more on my business development and quest to become a succesful entrepreneur.
The other day I wrote about the benefits of offline business development. I also talked about my new case study, The Scottsdale Review. Here are the updates to that project…
The Scottsdale Review
Last week, my business partner, Josh, met with the director of the journalism school at Arizona State University to find out if we could hire journalism students to write for our publication. The main advantage of hiring journalism students initially is that 1) the students will be able to receive school credit for articles they write for The Scottsdale Review; and 2) it will save us the cost of paying for content. Of course, once we sell advertising and the business becomes profitable, we will hire several students as full-time employees. One of the school’s requirements is that they work for us a minimum of 10 hours per week. This is a great opportunity. We faxed a job description to the head of the journalism school and are waiting on a response to determine our next move.
Scottsdale IT Consulting
Another business we have been working on for the past few weeks is our IT consulting business, aptly named Scottsdale IT Consulting. We already have a dozen or so clients we work with on a regular basis. The goal now is to expand our business enough so that we can hire several technicians.
One aspect that differentiates us from other IT consulting companies is that we also offer home-based computer training. We are looking to expand this part of our business, and on Wednesday we are going to call several retirement communities in the area to let them know of our services.
Moral of the story: if you are newly self-employed and lack clients, go out and find them! I moved to Scottsdale from Seattle just 8 months ago and did not know anyone other than my roommate and business partner, Josh. Thanks to my dedicated networking efforts and several key referrals, I now have more than a dozen clients with whom I am working with on a regular basis.