I’ve been talking a lot about not making the most of my skills and about needing to make more money. I’ve been saying this for years and have gotten more suggestions that I wanted to start my own business. Well, I’ve always held that I lack the business sense and salesmanship to do that. Well, today I’m a business owner guys. It happened so fast I’m still kind of in a fog.
The long and short of it is that the business I dreamed of in college is actually now a reality, with real life clients and contracts and all. I came up with the name when I was 18 or 19. It’s actually available in MD. The Language EXchange, Inc. Get it? LEXI (hahahah!) OK, shut up. I know it’s corny, but I just got my first client, so there! [sticks out tongue] The client’s a restaurant owner who wants ESL classes for the staff of his 4 restaurants. Other services offered by The Language Exchange are translation and interpretation services and group or individual Spanish lessons. This first contract is so huge, I need to start interviewing for another instructor, and classes haven’t even started!
Let me say that I can’t take any credit for this all coming together. My business partner is a friend from high school who I just happened to “run” into on myspace. His expertise is marketing and he got me this first contract and the subsequent ones he’s already working on. Thanks, Shelby.
I’m a little dazed right now. I’ve always been terrified to freelance. I’m not that much of a risk-taker. And, I’m not used to success and things coming together like this. I’m such a pessimist. I think my overwhelming sentiment right now (more than HOW is this happening to me) is, “WHY is this happening to me?”
So many unexpected pieces of “the life I’d love to live” are falling into place right now and I don’t know what to do with it? I know I’m crazy, but it’s hard to just go with it. I have this message taped to my laptop, and I read it every day:
Believe it: You have all the ingredients for success well within your grasp. It’s time to reevaluate your goals and what you can do to reach them. You’re about to embark on a whole new cycle of success.
I taped that to my computer about 3 weeks ago. Why is it so hard for me to believe in myself and to expect to succeed? I really am a whack job, huh?