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More Difficult Than It Looks

I have to take my hat off to you. You who every day sit down and connect with clients, old and new. You who make cold calls to people who never asked you to call them and yet there you sit day after day bringing AV to the people of the world. When I set out on this journey of self-employment and trying to make AVNation my full time job it was with a fair amount of encouraging words from a wide range of friends and well wishers. It felt great. After a month of sitting in this chair and doing what a number of you do, good lord it’s hard. I mean really hard.
What I have experienced is an education in planning, preparation, and determination. I have a greater amount of respect for those of you who work for yourselves. You are some talented and gifted professionals. So, here is what I have come to create as my own work-from-home/self-employment strategy.
Get Up and Get Dressed
This may seem like a small thing. The first few weeks on my own were spent traveling, so this really wasn’t an issue. It was when I had the choice to get up, get the kids ready, and start my day that I fell into a bad habit of hoodie and shorts. It didn’t take long for my work ethic to reflect that. So, I made the conscious decision to keep my pre-self-employed habit of getting up around 5:30 to start my day. I get dressed like I am going to work, because I am. This may not work for everyone, but it gets me in the right frame of mind for being as professional as possible.
Take Breaks
Those of you who work for yourself know that it is sometimes a 24/7 job. That being said, take the time to spend with those for whom you are doing this. On days when I am not traveling and I am working from the home office I try to spend time with the family in the afternoon after everyone gets back home. It’s a small thing but it helps during those times when I am not available.
During the course of my career I had some sales training that said it will take so may “No’s” before you hear a “Yes”. I don’t remember the exact number, but it is worth remembering after the 100th time someone says “No thank you” to a proposal or cold call.
I’m not sure I was mentally prepared for this shift, but now-*that I am here I am in it for the long term. AVNation still excites me and gets me up every day. Sure, there are days where being employed by someone else would be easier, but I am not looking for easy. I’m looking to make a difference. I think we’re still getting there but we will some day.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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