One Month Later: From Wage Slave to CEO (Like a Sharknado, only different…)

Yesterday, 1 August 2013, marked one full month since being laid off from my full-time job. I now work full time as CEO of my own consulting firm, BLHill Inc.. Here is a brief re-cap of the past month.

This last month has felt like I was caught in a veritable sharknado – but not necessarily in a bad way. In fact, I’d say that this last month has seen me the happiest I’ve been in a long damn time. Here are some highlights and lessons learned so far:

  • Social media and content marketing saved my ass – If not for having an established platform for communicating, I would have had no work. Instead, I was meeting with potential (now current) clients within a few days and worked on several projects last month.
  • My new co-workers are better than my old co-workers – My kids are in year-round school and just went on break two weeks ago. They let me get my work done, but also give me a reason to call it a day at some point.
  • No more excuses – The reason I was laid off was because there wasn’t enough work. In truth, I didn’t have hardly any “billable” work for the past couple years. I worked harder (and played harder) over the last month than I have in years.
  • Getting Things Done (GTD) – The human brain isn’t very good at reminding us of what we need to do in a specific moment. Establishing a trusted system and routines for keeping track of what needs to get done in specific contexts has allowed me to survive the deluge (see below).

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All in all, I’m having a great time and enjoying the ride.


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