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Entrepreneur Life 6 Months In: Figuring Things Out

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Can you believe it’s been a solid six months since I quit my job? The time has SERIOUSLY flown and just like that I am half a year into creating my own paycheck. I think I might be finally fully adjusted to a few things like 1) Not commuting and going into an office every single day. 2) Not getting a large amount of money in my bank account every 2 weeks and 3) Lighting the fire under myself even when I don’t want to.

The Dream Realized

So many of my friends have said to me that they are not only proud but they want to do what I’m doing. I use this as a strong motivation to not only be the best I can, but prove that not only can it be done, but with the right moves it can absolutely work. One thing that is clear about entrepreneur life is that there is no clock out button. There is a pause button, but that doesn’t last very long. The work is constant and most times unforgiving.

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Blog & Biz

My main struggle these days is choosing between growing my blog and growing my business. Why not do both you say? Simple explanation: When you pay attention to one, the other gets jealous. My main struggle is that I have been working on BrooklynActiveMama for over 5 years now, all of my blood sweat and tears is in it. The majority of my income (about 75%) comes from the blog, with the other 25% coming from the business. I wish I could clone myself to work solely on the business so that I can continue to do what I need to do for the blog.

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Unchartered territory

There were a LOT of firsts in the lasts few months. I created and sent my first contract. Sent my first business invoice and receipt. I currently have two clients and they are … time consuming to say the least. They shouldn’t be so I’m trying to figure out how to be more efficient with the work I do for them. Getting that first monthly payment a few months ago made it all feel real. I was getting paid for a service I provided, a service they were happy with. A service that MANY businesses could be happy with, which leads me to my next topic…

Marketing

I’ve created an intense marketing plan for 2017. My goal is to have 10 clients and possibly a team by the end of next year. I’ve done NO marketing at all in 2016…can you believe that? I really wanted to create a foundation with the two clients I have then move on to new business. I know that my professional experience has helped me a LOT when it comes to handling my clients because being an national account manager is very similar to managing social media accounts–it requires a lot of patience, excellent customer service and most importantly listening and executing the vision.

Mommy Life

Actually being present daily for my kids has been a gift. It gets stressful (A LOT) but I didn’t realize the intense amount of guilt I was holding onto by asking my mom to do so much (pickup the kids, help with their homework, take care of them on off days etc). I didn’t realize how MUCH she was doing and I am happy that I can take that off of her plate. I was so used to coming home from work to kids with homework done, projects complete, fed children–one hour before bedtime. I took it all for granted. Sometimes she comes over to help me tackle kindergarten and 2nd grade homework and I am so grateful!

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New Income

Next month I will likely be opening up a BAM Shop. I have been contemplating doing some fitness gear for moms like myself who love cute workout tanks as much as I do, so look out for that! I’ve also been working on some fun fitness printables, so get ready to get your whole fitness life together!

Overall thoughts at 6 months in

I am happy with this situation. It is never something I saw myself doing until I realized it had to be done. Some days I’m biting my nails, other days I am SO excited to simply be a business owner. I still don’t have my feet firmly planted in this life but for right now…it works! I have already made plans to attend 4-6 conferences next year–not just the popular ones either. I spent a lot of 2016 on fun conferences, next year I am focused on serious, hands on next level learning conferences and networking.

Chatting what #Entrepreneur Life has been after a very interesting six months! Click to Tweet

Do you have any upcoming plans for the new year? If you were me, which one would you spend more time on–the blog or the business?

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18 comments

Carla December 12, 2016 - 5:48 am

I love reading this so much and find that I really do vibe off your energy and joy about what you’re doing.
Right now I’m doing your opposite – – transitioning back to a more traditional work environment – – and your enthusiasm has helped me reframe my situation as well

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LaShawn December 12, 2016 - 5:49 am

I’m so proud of you!! I can’t wait to hear more about your business and see what you have coming up next year! I think as you grow, your question should become: do you need help? You can’t do it all!!

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Nellie December 12, 2016 - 4:04 pm

omg all of this. I know I need help, especially on the blog side. I have control issues. I’m like scouting VAs on the low low.

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Kimberly Brown December 12, 2016 - 6:12 am

So proud and excited for you! I’d personally spend more time planning for the business side in case the state of blogging changes. I’m always so afraid of that. The business side doesn’t fluctuate as much and when it’s all under control – you can easily predict income more. But that’s just me!

Also I’ve been using Trello to plan out marketing, 2017 goals, and my client work and it’s been a LIFE SAVER! I’ve already planned out all of the projects I’m working on in 2017 – with the tasks I need to complete in order to meet them.

YOU’VE GOT THIS!

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Nellie December 12, 2016 - 4:02 pm

Thank you for the advice, I totally agree! I’ve dedicated most of this week in my planner to the biz. I need to check out Trello! <3

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Jess December 12, 2016 - 6:22 am

Thank you for sharing!! My last day at Walmart pharmacy is this Friday… I’m turning in my smock for active wear on the daily as a certified personal trainer/blogger. My blogging needs help!! The training business is spot on. But, like you said, send in the clones!!!!

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Nellie December 12, 2016 - 4:01 pm

YAY congratulations to you!! You are going be amazing, have a fantastic last week at work!

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Kira December 12, 2016 - 6:47 am

Yeah. Congrats once again. I can’t wait for you to debut your fitness line. It’s a great idea and I know it will be cute. Cheers to a productive and money making 2017.

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Nellie December 12, 2016 - 3:58 pm

thanks boo!! Big hugs!

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Janine Huldie December 12, 2016 - 6:57 am

First of all, I know I have said this before, but I am going to say it again, you are awesome and truly rock. That said, I totally could relate to the growing my blog or my business mentality and have had a lot of the same thoughts and feelings here about my own over the years with my blog, as well as my business(J9 Designs). But like you a good portion of my earnings does mostly come from my blog. So, in recent times, I have put more of my focus back into my blog while slowly getting larger jobs monthly for my business. Plus being more present at home with the kids is a huge benefit, but juggling the after school activities and homework isn’t always easy. Like you I am thankful during the really stressful times, I do have my own mom to help, as well. So, I can again relate. But wishing you a wonderful end to 2016 and an even better 2017 all around 🙂

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Nellie December 12, 2016 - 3:58 pm

you totally get me Janine!! You are doing such an awesome job!! <3

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Allie December 12, 2016 - 5:24 pm

Oh I hear you on the blog vs work issue! Mine is the other way around (freelance work is 75%) but I love blogging too.
I’m so happy you’re figuring this out and taking the world by a Nellie storm!!!! Cannot wait to see what’s next… did you say cute tanks? 🙂

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Tamara December 12, 2016 - 8:43 pm

Oh boy. I get it. My income is also 75% the blog and 25% my other thing – oh yeah.. that photography business!
I love the Doctor Who gif. (sidenote)
I can’t believe it’s been six months! I love how much you’ve learned and done, and I have NO DOUBT it will grow in spiraling numbers in the next six months.

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kita bryant December 12, 2016 - 11:36 pm

Get you a VA mine is golden! I love her and she is on time and communicates been working with her for over a year and she is amazing let me know if you want her info. I am going to slow down for 2017 I think since the hubs died I have been going non stop trying to save some moolah and I think I have a good savings account set up to slow down some and enjoy just blogging for fun next year.

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Candace December 13, 2016 - 10:04 am

So happy for you and your half business birthday!! I’ve been keeping my eye for you but glad your two clients have been working out well. Can’t wait to see what 2017 bring you!

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Nellie December 13, 2016 - 1:26 pm

Thanks so much girl!

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Nicole December 16, 2016 - 2:02 pm

Nellie, I actually had no idea that you quit your job this year to pursue entrepreneurship! Totally missed that. Good for you for taking the leap! Since I work part-time on my health coaching & blog, I understand the ups and downs of it all.. and trying to figure out what the hell you’re doing 😉 One day I might make the leap to doing it full-time too – we shall see! Best of luck to you in 2017. It sounds like you’ll be working hard to make it happen!

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Mrs. PANCAKES December 18, 2016 - 1:02 pm

I was thinking about you recently so excited to hear you are doing well. So inspiring that you’ve been able to take the leap and doing it your own way! Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings you and your business!

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