Start your new business with these three apps
Working for myself is the hardest thing I’ve done beyond becoming a father. I’ve been cash flow positive and I’ve been all the way broke. But the rewards, lessons, and connections that have come with working for myself have been legendary and irreplaceable.
I love seeing people take control and start working for themselves. There was a time when I admired this trait from afar. I’d look in total amazement at people who became their own bosses. I wanted that for myself.
In 2014, after working for clothing companies, marketing and ad agencies and design agencies I made the decision to finally take the leap and work for myself. Well, at that point, I made the decision to develop my escape plan. I wrote a list of exactly how I was going to say peace to my full-time job as a Senior Designer and spread my wings to designing for my own clients, on my own time on my own terms. I obsessed over this list. Morning, midday and night I was staring at what I had to do to create my freedom.
January 2015, I did it. I began working for myself 🎉
Last year I took a vacation. Might have been my first actual vacation but that’s another story. While out looking at the red rock mountains with my wife, she told me my passion is to help people make the transition from 9–5 to entrepreneurship. I was like oh shit! You’re right.
That was an eye-opening moment. After she said that, I started putting the pieces together. I design for the entrepreneur, I design their logos, their websites, their pitch decks, their proposals, their one-sheets and landing pages. And when I’m not doing that, I’m constantly researching and sharing apps and resources that will help people go from employee to employer. I never really knew how much I enjoyed it until that day.
Yesterday my cousin texted me. Asked how I was doing. I said I was stressed but cool because life is life. But I asked how she was doing. She opened up and told me she was thinking about starting an online business, of course, I got excited. She then quickly moved into fearful thoughts, adding excuses and ways to get out of her journey before even starting. I immediately pumped her full of confidence letting her that she could do it. She wanted to know what to name the company, how to make it official and simply how to get started in general.
Quickly I shared a couple apps with her:
Naming your company: Shopify business name generator
Incorporating your company: Stripe Atlas
Defining your customer: Customer Avatar
Design a website: Squarespace
Send an invoice: PayPal
And I sent her a deck I designed that goes into a little more detail.
It may be hard and lonely starting and running a business. There are good times and great times and experiences where we learn how to improve. When we work on ourselves and decrease fear and move into a motivated, positive space it is more than possible to take control and start our businesses. So instead of three, above are five apps and resources that can be used to get the business started.
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I’m Eric Jordan but go by EJordanill (Eric Jordan Illustration) I’m a designer and consultant. My aim is to share relevant apps and resources to help the entrepreneur “Fire Their Designer” and get it done themselves. Check out my ebook here www.fireyourdesigner.co
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