It often feels as though I have no idea what I’m talking about. I don’t say this in an attempt to garner sympathy and I’m not really suffering from impostor syndrome (at least not in this domain). It’s more that running my own show, business-wise, has demanded of me a form of trial-by-fire, just-in-time learning. It’s as though I moved to a small village in Germany, in spite of the fact that I don’t speak a lick of the language.
But in muddling my way through all of the details, large and small, I’ve actually managed to pick up a fair bit. What I’d like to offer today is a preparedness guide of sorts. The free agent’s life is an attractive one in a lot of ways, and I definitely recommend at least considering it.
I have no regrets, myself. But I do acknowledge that it can seem like a pretty daunting leap, particularly if you’re well established in life and have responsibilities. People telling you to take the plunge probably seem like friends swimming in an chilly lake, already used to the water, telling you that it’s fine. I’m not that used to the water yet, though, so I can still appreciate your position. It’s cold, but it’s refreshing. And I’d like to offer some thoughts before I get too acclimated to the temperature.
So here are those thoughts. These are things to be aware of if you contemplate, however idly, the free agent life. Read More