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...spent the whole of my first year of my business (definitely much more difficult than the years which followed!) not talking to friends and family but being basically reclusive and just getting the damn thing to make enough money that I could pay my bills each month without stress.
Plus most family and friends around me arent in the web business and have no experience whatsoever and trying to teach them first, then wait for their encouragement and approval is basically fooling myself and a futile effort!
learn new skills, but ones which are related to your field of work. The completion of this will satisfy your feeling of accomplishment and will definitely help your confidenceFunny how you mentioned that, cause yesterday I started learning a program and it did feel very good. At least this way even if I don't succeed in my web business, I can look back and say I learned something.
Also lastly, try not to get discouraged when you see competitors doing better.I agree. But its easier said than done. Especially when youre working hard and then see a simple new concept pick up quickly. And the owner of that site isnt much more experienced or smarter than you! :)
The best advice I can give you: focus on one thing at time and don't ever allow the stress of work get the best of you. There is a reason you quit your corporate job after all...remember that.
Like the office politics, abusive or overly competitive co-workers
Also working for a huge company, it would have taken for ever to move up the corporate ladder.
The only person I focus on competing against is: myself, last month.
I needed to be around people and I was still single. The self-employment life was hard for me.
Or find groups that don't care what you do for a living. People can be so horty torty...
but the perks/benefits with working for the Feds outweighed anything I could imagine
Self employment can be empowering but is not for everyone. Fortunately the web allows those who think they might want to go that route the opportunity to test it while still gainfully employed. One can discover if they have the personal grit to nose-to-the-grindstone without supervision and it is best to learn that aspect of self before burning bridges!