Starting Is Hard

Especially when you don't exactly know where to start.

June 21, 2016

I want to get my web design business started and off the ground. That’s a scary thought for me, considering I have learned all I know within the past two years or so, and I didn’t go to school for it.

It’s scary because I feel like I don’t have the credentials. When I got my corporate job, I almost felt entitled to a position because of how qualified I was. Now, it’s intimidating calling a client because they might ask for something I don’t know how to do.

Successful people commit first and figure it out later. That’s part of the 10x Rules.

It’s also intimidating having my success ride on the fact that I need to be able to be diligent to get my work done as soon as I can, and acting as fast as I can. I need to be calling up clients, communicating, working, learning all the time.

I’m normally one to put things off. That’s what I am trying to change about me. If I am going to be a self-starter, I have to be able to do the work I need to do before I actually need it done.

This includes the things I don’t always want to do, and the things that aren’t glamorous about having a small business. Things like cold-calling clients, following up on things, and certain financial pieces.

I don’t really have a choice, though. No one is going to make me successful other than myself. No one is going to do the work for me.

I know what work needs to be done. It needs to be prioritized, planned and attacked. I need set times and steps to get me moving in the right direction.

My next big step is cold-calling/emailing small businesses in the area. Well, as soon as I finish my re-branding as a web design company only.

My go-to workflow will be a static Jekyll site with CloudCannon CMS and Snipcart e-commerce if needed. All of these are on the cutting edge and are modern. They represent what I want to give to my customers.

I should be practicing this workflow, though. I should know the Jekyll documentation forwards and backwards. I should know exactly how CloudCannon will respond when I do a specific configuration.

One thing I’ll need to do is pick a UI framework. I typically go with Skeleton, but there is always the option of Bootstrap. I think that Skeleton really falls in line with what I am trying to achieve. Besides, the lighter my setup the more I can customize it.

I’ve noticed that I really like getting to work first thing in the morning. It comes naturally to me. I think my planned schedule will look like this from now on:

  • 4AM: Web Dev
  • 6AM: Bible / Prayer Time
  • 6:30AM: Work out
  • 7:15AM: Get ready for work
  • 7:45AM: Blog post
  • 8:30AM: - 5PM: Work
  • 5:30PM: Make dinner/Have dinner/Hang with family
  • 9:30PM: Get Ready for next day / Bed
  • 9:45PM: In bed / Write plan for next day
  • 10PM: Sleep

It’s tough to squeeze the blog post in there. Normally it takes me longer than 15 minutes to write. I’ll need to stat planning topics so I can move faster and think faster.

This is good, I’m constantly trying to adjust so I can be productive. I really want to be able to achieve the things that I want to do. I want to be successful, and It’s on me to make sure that happens.