I have been without a job for one month trying to start a company and piece together a food truck. Although I may have come a long way since then, there is still a tremendous amount of work ahead of me. I hope everybody gets a chance in their lives to try to build something on their own. Even if it is unsuccessful, at least you gave it a shot.
Here are some of the things I have learned:
- Money goes fast
- Everything takes longer than you expect. More so when left in the hands of someone else
- You will have at least one large bill you didn't anticipate (medical, car,etc)
- You MUST do something every single day
- Leave yourself an agenda every night and MAKE SURE you complete everything the next day
- People are more willing to help you than you would have expected
- You will have no idea how you worked a job for so long (Especially 6 days a week)
- It is a great time to detox your life from bad habits so you can enter the next part free and clear
- An office space is vital
- Work quickly and efficiently, but don't rush
- Wake up at the same time every day and have set hours
- Don't waste time or money
- Appreciate the free time you do have. It will all be gone shortly when the business is up and running
- Love your phone. It allows you to "work" at a moments notice
- Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most people want to see you succeed and do well
- Enjoy time with your family. It will motivate you to work hard and earn more free time
- Research everything and do your homework
- Don't be lazy
- Its tricky and confusing, but not impossible
- Don't stop moving forward
There is no need to elaborate on these since they pretty much speak for themselves. These rules hold true for life but especially when starting a business. One day, you will have your own thing starting and you'll be able to add to the list.
Good luck to all of you!