This year I dug deep to prepare for the neighborhood garage sale. Not an annual participant, we had done some remodeling so there is much to purge this year—furniture, linens, lamps, grandma’s clutter from forgotten drawers, scads of stuffed animals (though the girls found some of their old treasured friends too), dusty books, unused sports’ gear, mismatched kitchenware. It feels great to lighten the load, then hopefully end up with a couple dollars for each of us, donating the remnants.
I think it’s time to do the same swap out, clean up for my business. After 20+ years of doing similar work, including consulting for 14 years, I have been itching, wanting to change up my job, my clients, my days. My weekends are incredibly full, but by Sunday night the Monday-morning-blues are already invading my brain. Not the way to run a business.
Most of my clients are innovative, smart people who run their own publishing/media firms, and I have grabbed wisdom and insights from each of them. While I have my own firm, watching these leaders makes me covet owning something tangible of my own. I am so fortunate to have worked with some incredible people, as their businesses grow, products morphing as the times change.
I have consciously lightened the client load this year, and the freedom has allowed me to delve deeper into my current clients’ projects. It has also given me a smidge of time to re-evaluate my work process, the projects I enjoy most, and what work I can outsource to others. It’s been rewarding, it’s been exciting, it’s been frustrating, and it’s made me think—it’s time to make some more changes. Purge the clutter, invite the new, embrace the changes, overcome the fear of branching out. It will take time to implement new changes and ideas, but with some time, planning and hard work it will hopefully happen.
It’s my business. I think that anyone who has their own business should find it inspiring, play to their strengths, remove the dust, keep it fresh. Doing the same for too long causes complacency. C