Monday, April 12, 2010

Building a Business

Apart from awaiting Noah's arrival, the other big development in our lives has been the building of Eug's graphic design (newsletter design-focused) business. It's his business but, being along for the ride, I've been learning a lot from the process. Baby growing and business growing have followed roughly the same timeline, so it seemed like a good time to look back and reflect.

Both members of a couple working forty hours in an office can be pretty intense. I'm constantly amazed by people who do it, by choice or by necessity. My experience was that it's doable, but it's no conducive to reflection or vision-building. Building a business may well be much more work, but it's a different kind of work, because Eug is able to imagine and actually act upon exciting ideas.

So I'm really happy Eug took the step last year, at a moment when we were living well within our means. It becomes much more difficult to imagine living on a different income if you're close to the edge every month, so ironically it feels like it makes a lot of sense to start when you're young and may have fewer financial commitments.

My experience of business up to now has been super limited-- I can't imagine how I would get money without a salary (this blog has earned $10.58 over the last two years...), so I had no idea how one actually goes about getting clients (which hasn't stopped me from offering tons of questionable suggestions). Now that Eug is in the midst of it, it feels good to be fully invested in the process.

Here's to the next phase of building Conferre!

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