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I have my own software company and I operate it while working for another one as a Chief Project Manager. I am truly passionate about technology and would love to be independent through my own company, but I cannot cut the umbilical cord of my current job because I have so many debts I have to take care of. I work 45+ hours a week on my day job. This leaves me very little room to dedicate myself to land clients in my company while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. At the moment I am trying my utmost best to make my company profitable enough so that I can quit my job while being able to make a liveable wage out of it but it is being a true challenge to do that. I would love to hear/read your own stories on how did you accomplish this goal.

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Daniel, I worked for major corporations for many years and started my own firm carefully in parallel with continuing my work as an employee. It was necessary to insure that non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements and similar restrictions that are prevalent in today's business world would not keep me out of the market. I developed a business plan and a phase out bridge through contracting as an independent, stepping off the payroll and growing my marketing efforts. I ran my office out my home for the tax advantages the U.S. IRS offers for that small business mode. Starting my enterprise was a logical extension of the work I had been doing as an individual contractor, so the transition seemed easy enough. What I had to learn very quickly was the business planning, marketing and competitive analysis aspects of operating an enterprise, as opposed to negotiating single person efforts. Industry teaming, having others work for me and dealing as a company instead of a person were all challenges. Ken Publicada el 12/07/pm
July 12, 2019
Daniel, Ken's answer is very much similar to mine and I would like to add that you will be making some very tough decisions in order to make this work. I suggest looking at your expenditures and see where you can cut back, even if it doesn't seem it will make a difference. In the long run, it always does. If you have already done that, then you have to push a tad harder in your own company and try to get in front of more clients. It's a numbers game and the more clients you connect with, the more chances you have of landing multiple projects. Once you land enough that will compensate you closely enough to cover the loss of your day job, take the leap. Expend the resource of time on your new clients' projects and make sure to get back out there to land more clients. In time, your opportunities and business will expand and then you'll be back on here looking for advice on hiring people. Best of luck, sir! Publicada el 13/07/pm
July 13, 2019
Hi Daniel, You received great feedback from Ken and Gary. I would also add to be creative. Don't think about it as stressful. Think about things as an opportunity to create for your future. Keep a positive attitude, positive mindset. Start learning to plan your week. 45+ hours a week. OK. You have to eat, workout (if you do), activities, entertainment at some point to unwind after the long days and the weekends. Have and arrange networking cafes, meeting for drinks, network at events, attend events. Offer an online webinar to meet and greet and share what you have to offer. Create YouTube videos on what your service offerings are or how you can help - short 30 to 60 secs. Create a twitter account. Post on your company social media in the morning on your way to work. Post on your company social media during lunch. Find a university student to help you and be an intern. They can help you structure your business, learn and potentially gain a part time or full time role later on. Learn to manage your time, finances cutting back where you can and enjoy the journey. It won't all be easy. It will be yours. You are taking the first step in the right direction. Not sure how far you are from Santiago as I have friends there who may know other ways to help you as well. Suerte! Publicada el 18/07/am
July 18, 2019