It’s that time! Let me grab my reflecting shoes, and go on a stroll down memory lane as I recount the things I learned during May 2015… join me, will you? Maybe some of these will resonate with you!
It’s okay to say no.
I follow a lot of solopreneurs who are very experienced in running their own biz. And they all say that you get to a point where you have to say No to projects. And for various reasons, I’ve hit that point. Some of the reasons are that I’m realizing right away if I’m not a good fit for some potential clients, I’m too busy to take on more projects, or I’m not interested in a potential project. I’m in a unique position where I still have my 9-5 job, so money isn’t a complete struggle, but it’s taken me a year to realize that I can say no to projects and it won’t be the death of me (but saying yes to too many just might be).
Lesson learned: saying no frees up your time to work on things you like with people you like.
Schedule and quote for more time than you think.
The types of projects I work on run the gamut, from fixing hacked/broken sites, to CSS development, to branding a site. Each of these projects is so different from the other that it’s hard to come up with a standard pricing template, and I’m attempting to move away from hourly charges. This means pricing each project individually. What I’ve noticed, though, is that projects often take longer than I quote for. Using CSS to make sure a menu or a widget looks perfect on every screen size is pretty time consuming – there’s figuring out the code, testing it, clearing the cache, refreshing the page, checking it on all screen sizes…. all that x 20+ = mucho time hog.
Lesson learned: if I think something may take 2 hours, write up an estimate for 4. Because 9 times out of 10, 4 hours is the more accurate amount of time.
Make time for Tiff(dot)com.
My weeks are jam-packed! There’s the 9-5 with 2 hours of commuting, taking my chunky dog Lady on long walks to lose her winter weight, weightlifting 3x a week so I can maintain badass status, and seeing my framily because they’re the best. Time is the most valuable and limited resource I have. SO. With freelance projects taking up a lot of free time, I need to set aside time to work on my business. Marketing Tiff(dot)com and online networking have both been put on the back burner lately. I spoke with my fabuloso biz coach and we outlined the most important things to focus on for keeping Tiff(dot)com on people’s minds. I’d ask Lady to help me, but she’s still doing her study on the best time of day to nap. She’s really working hard on that project.
Lesson learned: maintaining a biz means actually taking the time to focus on it!
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