When I made the giant and scary leap and decided I wanted to be a solopreneur I was sure I knew what I was getting myself into. I mean, I read enough blogs that told me how to do it and what tools I needed. I found a nice small group of online gurus who I admired.
I was good. I got this shit.
My passive income was steady and had reached a nice level so that I could easily support and sustain my lifestyle. I said good bye to my online clients and away I went. I was on my own. I was confident.
And then this happened.
While I was riding high on my passive income success the unthinkable happened. Two of my main income sources took a nose dive in the same fucking month. A really big hit. I was stunned. How could this have happened?
But the bigger question was “why is this happening?” I was sure I was secure in this.
What the hell do I do now? No one warned me this would happen! I scrambled my ass off for a year after this happened and this is what I learned.
Here are 5 things I learned about working online
Though I probably learned a shit ton of other things, these 5 come out on the top and everyone should know them!
Be like the Easter Bunny
Have lots of baskets and lots of eggs. Sprinkle eggs everywhere. Don’t keep them all in one basket. That basket will soon be empty and you’ll either be really sad or starve, or both.
When I realized my two sources dried up (they both came from one platform) I was suddenly burning the midnight oil scrambling to find ways to replace them. Trust me on this one, it’s no fun. It’s stressful and will, at times, leave you feeling hopeless.
Don’t focus on one platform.
Do your research and see what other platforms will work best for you and your business. I’ve become addicted to Pinterest, with good reason. It drives 95% of my ever growing traffic to my site. (fyi, it’s not just cookie recipes, breastfeeding tips and knitted scarves)
Say goodbye to life as you know it
Now that you have been able to replace your regular day job income, your work hours will be doubled, tripled even. You will work and work and learn and read and watch webinars and YouTube tutorials til your eyes pop out of your head.
Life as you once knew it will be so very different.
Freedom isn’t what you think
Oh let’s not leave out the freedom part though. You will have that. Freedom to work the hours you want when you want. But remember that 9–5? Ya it ain’t like that anymore. Think 6 am to lunchtime, eat, take a wee break, back at til 6 pm, eat again (don’t forget to do that!), teeny little break this time and then work til you can’t see the monitor anymore because your eyes have tapped out.
Don’t believe everything everyone tells you.
Do your own research. Don’t follow a million gurus and take all their advice. What works for some might not work for you. Test, test and test some more. If something doesn’t feel right or natural, don’t do it. Maybe Susan is making $10,000 a month with her blog (good for you Susan), her methods may not resonate with you. Don’t follow Susan just because she’s doing it and she can help you too.
Find people in your niche. Watch a Live or two and get a feel for them that way. Take little bits and pieces from those you like and look up to and apply some of their tips and see what works.
But for the love of God and everything holy, don’t believe everything you read or hear.
Use common sense and listen to your gut instinct. That will be gold for you. Intuition. I followed and unfollowed many over the past 6 months. Some were just after my money, some really wanted me to succeed. Find the latter. The real peeps!
They’ve started where you are, struggled, tried and tested and sincerely have value to offer and tips you can apply.
Being a solopreneur can be extremely rewarding but it doesn’t come without frustration, stress, sudden bombs and hair pulling moments. Be patient and be consistent but most of all, have a sense of humour. Shit will go wrong. Be ready for it, learn from it, laugh it off and get back at it.
You got this!
I love you ❤
Peace and Love
xo iva xo