Simultaneously Excited and Apprehensive

Waves of excitement, pure unadulterated joy followed by anxiety about everything under the sun…that pretty much sums up my general state of being. I suppose that’s partially a bi-product of this pregnancy. But for me it’s also the complete shift of working for myself/my clients from home to working full-time in an office nearly an hour’s drive away.

I recently accepted a full-time position with the Army National Guard as a military technician. For this gal who’s spent the past two and half years as a solopreneur working to build a business, the shift is going to be a challenge. I have been lucky enough to be blessed in so many ways through this business journey. Continue reading

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What is failure exactly?

What exactly is failure? Is it a lack of being able to accomplish a task or reach a goal? Is it giving up even if you have the resources to finish? Is it not getting started in the first place? What is your definition of failure? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know what you think.

Take chances, make mistakes.Webster’s defines failure as an “omission of occurrence or performance” or  “lack of success”. That seems a bit too narrow in my mind. Let me first say I hate failing. Loath, despise and abominate failing! Continue reading

On the Quest for Harmony

Harmony Work-Life Balance

I recently watched a TED talk presented by Nigel Marsh titled “How to Make Work-Life Balance Work“. In light of some upheaval during the past week, I found it a poignant topic. Am I in the right line of work? Am I pursuing it properly? What about my commitments outside my business?

Marsh argues that, “Certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged on a day-to-day basis with a young family.” He also posits that a work-life balance does not mean the same things to every human being on the planet. I too alluded to that sentiment in my previous post on this topic. In addition, his comment stuck with me that being balanced doesn’t mean I have to do a full 180 degree turn to find some solace. Continue reading

The Hope of Great Things to Come

Champagne ToastCompleting projects makes me feel great! That’s because there are so many inherent functions that follow.

As you may know by now, I set a deadline of January 15, 2014 to launch my online course geared toward DIY business owners who want someone to show them how to create, maintain and promote their online presence. It’s called Website Design by Anna Doo and you can find it by clicking on the link websitedesignbyannadoo.com Continue reading

Build it – they will come

Photograph by Jean Pierre Dalbera

Photograph by Jean Pierre Dalbera Flickr

Does this hold true for digital products? Or must we market them –AS– we build them? Rome wasn’t built in a day – and I venture to argue that no digital product is created in a day either. I will admit the baseball field the title refers to may have fared a bit better though.

Many startups fall prey to perfecting a product before getting it to the marketplace. Then by the time it exists in front of the customer – no one is even looking for it, or anticipating its arrival. But how is a solopreneur supposed to create a digital product and market it at the same time? Simple – time management. Though the only ‘simple’ part is actually typing that sentence. Continue reading

Solopreneur work-life balance

Solopreneur vs. work-life balance – can we be successful at both?

Christmas in Durango, CO - Striving for the infamous work-life balance.

Christmas in Durango, CO – Striving for the infamous work-life balance.

Any fellow solopreneurs out there? How do you handle this holiday season? Do you carve out time to vacation just as our paid-time-off employee friends do? Or do you spend the week of Christmas and now New Year’s fretting over the work piling up, the emails awaiting a response and self-imposed deadlines looming ever closer? Continue reading