One of the most frustrating experiences as a new entrepreneur is the lack of cash flow for my business, but here's how I've learned to deal with it.
Cash flow, in specific.
It isn't hard for me to budget for the business expenses, mitigate overhead, or identify alternative means of making sure the necessary things are covered.
I even manage to do all of this without using any form of credit for financing.
That means that right now, while I am just starting out and still slowly building a client base, finances are extremely tight, and there are times when I'm forced to wonder if I am doing right by my family by pursuing entrepreneurship.
But every time I update the books, file the taxes, and pore over the invoices, I'm faced with making the call on whether or not starting and running my own business is the right choice.
I am forced to look at my non-cash flow from business in the face.
Finally, after seeing them miss out on some wonderful opportunities, I've realized that - for the time being - the most logical thing for me to do is to return to the "day job" world, at least part-time.
It's not ideal, but it's logical and probably the most prudent course of action for the next few years, until a steady customer base is established.
It will also help ease our lives until I can produce cash flow with the business.
Even friends and family have politely commented on the frustration and tension they see in me.
I've returned to a few old hobbies and discovered some new ones.
Working out at the gym has become a daily thing, and I am now almost ritualistic about going to bed at a decent hour.
And it's about taking proper care of my body, so that stress doesn't have as direct an impact on me, both psychologically and physically.
And I promise, I will come out of this as a winner.
It's just going to take gutting it out and MAKING things work for a few years before things start to truly fall into place.
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