If there’s one thing I’ve learned from running my own business, it’s the importance of getting yourself out there and in most cases, launching before you’re ready. But let’s back track for a second because stories are fun. ;) When I was younger, I would carefully pick out my clothes the evening before a regular school day. Then, I’d get my breakfast bowl and cereal box of choice prepped so that the next morning would be as seamless as possible. But oftentimes, I’d wake up, put on the outfit that was previously (and carefully) chosen, scoff, and go back to the drawing board. Ten tries later, I’d settle on something, go upstairs, and decide that I wanted toast, not cereal. Seamless? Not so much. Yet I followed this routine day after day, seeking perfection and ease.
Years later, I’m still very much a planner at heart. But a (flexible-ish) one. Starting my own business quickly taught me the importance of putting yourself out there, imperfections and all. It’s from there that we we grow, learning along the way that it’s okay to make mistakes and change course. Take Be Free, Lance for example. Jen and I had high expectations from the very beginning of creating a space for creatives to learn and grow on their own journeys as freelancers. We worked hard, gathered all that we knew, and presented everything in this neat little package. But we also understood that it wouldn’t be perfect, either. Our website wasn’t (and still isn’t) responsive. There were probably a few spelling errors (oops). Or little bits of information missing that we just didn’t think about. But we launched anyway, knowing full well that we were proud of what we’d put together and ready to help freelance creatives.
During our launch 5 months ago, I remember being SO excited to take the first 135 workshop attendees through our course, eager to hear their response and provide feedback that would help guide us in growth. And that’s exactly what happened! We were able to pinpoint certain areas that needed expanding, hone in on our niche (designers), and spent a couple months improving the course all around, a pattern that EVERY creative goes through, no matter what talents they’re sharing with the world. So what are you waiting for? Put yourself out there and SEE what happens. Hard work, an open mind, and authenticity above all pays off, I promise.
PS. I have such an exciting offer for you guys! Today, we launched the new Be Free, Lance website and next Monday, we’ll be opening up registration for our second BFL workshop. But because you guys are awesome, we wanted to share a sneak preview of the course with those of you who sign up for our newsletter. Plus, our subscribers also get a discount on the course, so it’s a good place to be. ;) See ya there?