Holy smokes it’s FTF’s birthday!
That’s 365 days. Or in a blog’s life more importantly, 76 blog posts. For someone who doesn’t particularly like to write, that’s a whole lot of words.
When I started The FTFP, I didn’t exactly have a plan. I just knew I wanted to connect with other freelancers and share what I’ve learned along my freedom-seeking journey. Most of all, I wanted to show people that they can find freedom in freelancing and it doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems.
I wasn’t sure if anyone would read, let alone join the community. But a little voice in my head said I needed to do this anyway. An experiment of sorts.
The ironic part? The blog post I launched the site with is called “The Power of Starting Something Stupid: These People Did It, So Can You”. I had just finished reading the book and it’s what helped me realize, whether this is a stupid idea or not, I need to do it. (If you weren’t around in the beginning, check out the post. TONS of great stories from people I admire.)
I’m so glad I did.
Every anniversary requires a little reflection.
Here’s a few things I’ve learned in the last year:
Blogging regularly is hard. But consistency changes everything. I showed up every week (even when I really lacked motivation) and my community grew consistently because of it.
Following your gut and treating things like a experiment pays off. If it didn’t work out, I could have just dropped it and tried something else. But I would never have had amazing new friends, an incredible community, or the extra income from creating courses that actually help people if I didn’t experiment.
Community is everything. Find a way to connect with people and help them connect with others and everyone will grow faster and enjoy the process along the way.
Start a passion project. The entrepreneur life doesn’t have to be all about one thing all the time. In fact it’s better when it’s not. Although a whole lot of work to run this site/community AND my web design business, having FTFP has opened up so many opportunities I never would have had with just my web design business. Most entrepreneurs are multi-passionate. Finding ways to use your various skills and natural gifts will make you feel more fulfilled and happier in life. (I’m not saying you should start a whole separate business or blog. But if you love doing something that doesn’t quite fit in with your freelance business, find a way to do it separately.)
It doesn’t have to be perfect to start. I threw this site together in 3 days. Colors, design, coding, “branding” (or lack thereof). I cringe when I look at the site now. I threw up a few not-so-great blog posts that I laugh at now. BUT- if I spent months on the site, branding, goals, etc etc…I probably would have never started. Or at least I wouldn’t be celebrating the 1 year anniversary this week, that’s for sure. If you want to do something, start now. Work out the details later. Don’t put it off until tomorrow, or next week, or next month. That goes for everything, in business and life.
What’s coming for year 2?
I’ve got a lot of exciting plans in the works to take FTFP to the next level. I’ve got a big rebrand in the works, some free training you’re going to love and I’m brainstorming ideas to make the Facebook community even more useful.
And now the exciting part!
I like to celebrate. And although I can certainly do it by myself, the success of FTFP is really thanks to you. It would be a lot harder for me to show up every week if you didn’t. But you do. And I’m so grateful.
I’m giving away 3 special things to 3 special people:
The winner of each will be chosen randomly (1 prize per person). And if you already have SL&I, you can either gift it to a friend or choose from one of the other options.
You can get multiple entries by completing multiple random tasks: tweeting, sharing, liking, following, commenting, etc.
Entries will be accepted until midnight EST October 8th. The winners will be announced on the FTFP Facebook page on October 9th!
To enter: login below!
P.S. Still not a part of the FTFP Community? Sign up here and you’ll be invited to the private Facebook group. I’d love to have you.