When I think of setbacks, I often think of a quote by fellow entrepreness, Sophia Amoruso “it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.”
Last week I got some really disappointing news. A client, who I had a contract with for four years decided to change their way of doing business. And as a result, they were not renewing my contract.
Immediately I thought, damn. I can’t believe this. What did I do wrong? I had so many other plans. How am I going to account for this financial deficit?
And then I realized my biggest mistake: It wasn’t in the work that I delivered to the client. It was my mindset. I was thinking like an employee instead of an entrepreneur. I was thinking of that check for work I’d submitted instead of thinking of how I could use that work to build my business and my brand.
I’ve been working since I was 18 years old. Always had a side hustle. Never depended on it to be my bread and butter. But here I am, 20 years later, with a husband and a little girl, and I’m running a freelance writing business as a work at home mom. It is not always easy to get out and network. It (was) is so much easier to get an annual contract, get comfortable and not realize the gravy train at some point will end.
How can I overcome this setback?
- I’m stepping up my game on the networking front. I know I can’t go to a networking event every week but I can do two per month.
- I’m getting up early everyday. Early mornings are quiet in my home. This is the best time to write, edit, send emails, write blog posts. It’s also the best time to workout.
- And I’m going to be reading one business-related book per month. I’ll share my first pick on May 1.
What’s the plan for my comeback?
I’m spending the rest of April to get myself into gear. I’m going to end my relationship with this client on a high note. I’m going to write some strong content and thank them for their time.
And I’m planning a calendar so I can reach my business related goals. Every week on my Instagram, I’ll be posting my weekly goals. And you should feel free to share yours too.
I look forward to building my business, my brand, and this blog.