Today is my last day having an assistant – at least for a little while. I had to let her go because my business is going through a bit of a struggle at the moment and I can’t afford to keep paying her. But she is amazing and wonderful and has made my work life so much easier. How am I going to do this without her?
Isn’t it amazing how we get so spoiled in a situation that we cannot see life differently? When I started my business, it was just me, myself, and I. I put in crazy hours and worked tirelessly to get the work done. My expenses were incredibly low – almost nonexistent. But, clients demanded more and I was not prepared. I invested in tools and subscriptions and wanted to be everything to everyone. Then, the hours were never enough. No matter how much I worked or how little I slept, there was always another deadline looming and another project to start.
So, I hired my super-hero! And she is amazing!!! I handed off nearly a whole service department to her and turned her lose… and she did it with skill and talent! I started picking up additional projects and offering services I had never offered before. And things were going great!
Then the projects were over and the services were costing more than I was making on them. I realized that I had not planned well and was now in a situation where more money was going out each month than coming in. I know a lot of small businesses struggle to make a profit in their first year – my first year was a breeze, but my second year was turning into a disaster!
So, I am regrouping. I am reevaluating my choices and offerings. I am setting out to bolster my business back up to the well-oiled machine I know it can be so I can bring her back!