Three Years Ago I Walked Away

Sprout New Media's Third Birthday!As we prepare to turn the page on the calendar to October, I’m reminded once again of a very important date. I wrote about it last year, but hey, it’s a new year, and it’s worth celebrating again.

Three years ago, my little business was born.

The day I walked away from my day job was both exhilarating and terrifying. But I had done the prep work, I had the support of my family, and I loved my work. I knew this would be worth it.

I will never say that self employment is easy. Sure, I can make my own hours and work in my pajamas. But the ironic thing is that I don’t. I work more now than I ever did when I had a day job, and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worked in my PJs in the past three years.

Being a business owner is all-consuming

It’s rare that I’m not thinking about my work in some way – getting the idea for a blog post while reading an article, or dissecting a design in a magazine ad, or brainstorming ideas for an upcoming design project.

And what some people don’t realize is that you are the face of your business, everywhere you go, all the time. That’s very humbling – and a huge responsibility.

But it’s SO worth it

Along the way there’s been lots of laughter and plenty of tears. I’ve been on top of the world one day, and down in the dumps the next. It’s normal. We all have those days and anyone who says otherwise isn’t telling you the whole truth.

The thing is, do you get up and dust yourself off, or do you give up?

That’s the real test.

Don’t ever give up

Step outside of your comfort zone every single day. Cross the line. Push yourself and ignore those self-imposed limits. Only then can you truly grow. I’m running my new class next week, and it’s definitely pushing me out of my comfort zone. But I’m excited, and we’ve got a great group signed up, so I’m looking forward to it!

Lots of people told me in the beginning that most small businesses don’t last three years, implying that I wouldn’t make it. Well, here we are, three years later, and we’re stronger than ever.

Today I’m so very grateful

I am so proud of our work, and I am so very grateful for the amazing clients that have come through my virtual door – many who have become close friends. And I’m grateful for friends I’ve made along the way who have become part of my support network…my “Board of Champions”.

Thank you so very much – you mean the world to me.

If you’d like to work with us, drop me a line, and I’ll answer you personally. We’re always taking new clients, and we can work magic with just about any budget. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’d love to talk with you!

  • Well said Lisa!

    I am very honored to be on your board of champions and a recipient of your amazing talents. I get compliments everyday on my website thanks to your beautiful design.

    Together we can change the world, I truly believe that! Rock on my friend!

  • Lisa, what a great post, and congrats on 3 years! I remember my solopreneuraversary and In exactly 10 days, I will have successfully hit 7 years. Feels good to see them rack up, and know in my heart that it was the right choice for me. I’m sure you feel the same! 🙂

    • Hi Lara! Welcome, and thanks for stopping by. Seven years, wow – congratulations!! It’s such a nice feeling to know that yes, this solopreneurship thing actually can work, and yes, we absolutely made the right choice. 🙂

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