Confession: I missed my business birthday.

My business turned two years old in June of 2015, but I was so busy moving for the second time in two years (it’s a long story for a separate Blog post…), my life was turned upside down and I didn’t exactly have the bandwidth to keep up with Blog posts let alone celebrate my accomplishment.

Especially since my time was being used up by all the stress-drinking and paper cuts from moving boxes, and all…

So now, here we are in 2016, and I’m finally ready to look back at 2015 and share what two years of working for yourself looks like!

Some background…

Two and half years ago, in June of 2014, I worked my last day at my day job at the marketing agency in order to pursue my dream of having my own biz, working for myself on projects that inspired me and were purpose-driven. My first year taught me more about business, myself (and life!) than any schooling ever could, and I was hooked on this whole entrepreneurship thing.

Well, at least enough to keep going for another year.

So, here we are 2 (and a 1/2) years later, and I’m still alive and thriving!

Some bullet point stats:

  • My business income grew by 40%(!!!) over the previous year
  • My e-mail list doubled (!!!)
  • I designed 15 logos, 22 websites, 6 books, and countless amounts of print and digital collateral
  • Added new design work to my own website
  • Integrated Trello, a project management system, into my workflow to manage client projects
  • Fiiiiiiinally invested in a bookkeeping program, Xero, to help track and manage invoices, expenses, etc…
  • Hired an intuitive business coach to help with some personal challenges I was facing
  • Attended Pioneer Nation and challenged myself to talk to three people–a challenge for this red-headed introvert!
  • Traveled to San Francisco to be a part of CreativeLive’s course “Turning Your Service into a Product” with my gal pal Tara Gentile and met my design idol Marie Poulin
  • Had one of my designs featured on LeadPages
  • Took a one-week Thanksgiving vacation, and two week Christmas/New Year’s vacation to recharge my batteries (although I was sick for 6 days of it–boo!)
  • Was able to donate 2% of my profits to charities that mean the world to me, like: Charity:Water, the Oregon Humane Society, and Portland Rescue Mission

2016 is already looking bright and shiny over here.

In fact, I’ve got some goals set for myself already:

  • Re-design my website: I’ve been putting this off for years due to lack of time… it’s LONG overdue
  • Create and launch a digital product: I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeves, so stay tuned for that, internets!
  • Hire someone: In the name of everything good and holy, I need to stop doing everything myself
  • Focus more on self-care: More exercise, more reading, more meditating, more downtime
  • Spend more time with the right people: I’m ready to find, connect and hang out with fellow Designers who are ahead of me in business so I can learn from them and get support when I need it
  • Stop reading, looking and engaging in entrepornography: I’ve unsubscribed, unfollowed, and hidden all the e-mail lists, Blogs and Facebook posts designed to overwhelm, kill my creativity and make me feel like a crappy, not enough, total failure business owner, who is not living “my best life”
  • Travel to a cool place for work: I’ve already booked my ticket to the Call-to-Action Conference up in Vancouver BC in June, and plan to take a whole week off to road trip up there with my husband + have a vacation while I’m up there!
  • Attend a cool conference: I’ve already bought my ticket to Tara Gentile’s Quiet Power Strategy Summit, where a number of my clients and colleagues will be attending, too
  • Continuing education: I’ve enrolled in Digital Strategy School to sharpen up my skills on all the ways I can help my clients make more money with their websites and improve their businesses
  • Take a week off work every quarter, a week off for Thanksgiving, and two weeks off in December
  • Donate 3% of my profits to charity (1% more than last year, and 1% more than the year before that)

So? There you have it. That’s what 2 (and a 1/2!) years of working for yourself looks like. Though I’ve still got a lot to learn, I’m tremendously grateful to still be here, working with the clients that inspire me with creativity to do and be more.

Many thanks to all of you who have made it possible–there are no words for the amount of gratitude I have.

Your homework:

Simply come on over to my Facebook page and tell me how your 2015 went, and what your goals are for 2016. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Natalie McGuire
Natalie McGuire is a Web Designer + Digital Strategist for purpose-driven solopreneurs because she believes the world is a prettier place when people make money doing what they love. Want to make more money with your website? Get my FREE 3-Day DIY Websites That Sell Mini-Course!

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