I’m sitting in a brand new office. With doors. And a desk. And a fancy black swivel chair.
I feel like a “real” self-employed, business owner.
As much as I love being location-independent, with a business on a laptop that I can take from my bed, to the couch, to the coffee shop…I always felt like I wasn’t 100% serious about my business because I didn’t have a dedicated space to run it.
But that’s silly. And not the lesson I want to share today.
What I do want to share is that you don’t need everything you’re supposed to have before being successful in your business.
You don’t need business cards.
You don’t need a 27” iMac.
You don’t need every paid online tool under the sun.
You don’t need Ontraport instead of free Mailchimp.
You don’t need a fancy video camera or microphone.
And you don’t need an office.
You don’t need all these things to get started and you certainly don’t need them to be successful.
I went to an entrepreneur meetup last week and as everyone passed around their cards, I wrote my name on a beer coaster.
After a year of working only on my laptop, I bought a cheapo extra screen off amazon to work on multiple screens, and am just now investing in a 27” mac.
I used free PicMonkey to create my graphics until I could invest in Adobe Creative Suite.
I used free Contact Form 7 on my website until I was ready to purchase Gravity Forms.
I used free Mailchimp for months, before moving to Aweber for certain features and then upgrading even further to Ontraport when I knew the investment would be worth it.
I filmed videos on my iphone in my horribly lit apartment, until I could invest in a nice camera and lights.
And I worked from my kitchen table with my Frenchy making noise in the background until I lucked out with my new apartment and have a room for my office.
I made more money in 3 months that I did in a year at my previous corporate job…before making these kinds of upgrades.
You don’t need a lot to get started. You don’t need a lot to be successful.
Work with what you have now, and upgrade when it feels possible.
Now it’s time for me to decorate this office. Give me some inspiration by tagging a photo of your workspace on Instagram with #freelancetofreedom