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Meanwhile on LinkedIn

I have some interesting experiences with LinkedIn in the last week.

Instead of writing about them, I decided to talk about them on camera:

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Day 16: First Video Diary

I made a video diary instead. I hope you enjoy it.

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Accountability

Today I started an agreement with a fellow solopreneur to keep myself accountable.

It’s not the first time I’ve done something like this and it likely won’t be the last.

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Conversations

If I keep talking to someone who I know will never be a client and will never recommend me to anyone else, does that mean I’m looking for new clients?

I say this because I have spent days talking to someone in the same industry as me on LinkedIn, constantly telling myself that this was part of my networking outreach strategy.

Then he pitched me.

But of course he pitched me. He’s on LinkedIn for the same reasons I am.

What the hell was I doing still talking to him?

I had a question to ask him about a strategy. He gave me a vague answer. And then I just kept talking.

It took some time I allotted each day to LinkedIn networking. But it wasn’t really networking. It might have been “horizontal” networking, but probably it doesn’t even deserve that. I mean, he thought I was a potential client.

(To my credit, I hope, I did not view him as a potential client. I was just trying to establish a relationship with someone on LinkedIn. I didn’t really have any of those at the beginning of this month.)

It’s so easy to trick myself into believing that unproductive conversations about not much are “networking”. Given that I hate “networking”, it’s especially easy.

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Not Enough Hours in the Day

There’s a cliche about retired people, they’re busier than ever now that they no longer have a full time job.

On Monday, I felt like that happened to me.

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Day 5: Struggles – January 8, 2020

My biggest hurdle as a solopreneur is going after clients.

A year ago I actually contemplated getting into a slightly unfavourable business relationship with a partner because he’s comfortable reaching out to people and I’m not. What I’m saying is I would have given him more of the business just to do the part I don’t like, which seems kind of insane in retrospect.

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Day 4: The First Wall January 7, 2020

My first two days were easy.

I went it alone in my business starting January 2nd, 2020. But everyone knows the world doesn’t really get going again until the Monday after New Year’s Day. Moreover, my girlfriend was off from work.

And so, I got stuff done, it really didn’t feel like I had begun my life as a solopreneur. There were distractions and I quit early. And though I did work for clients, I didn’t do much outreach.

So I looked forward to Monday January 6 as the real start date of my business.

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Day 2: Learning New Skills January 3, 2020

Today I began a new course, to expand my skills.

I’m taking a class in Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO), the one thing I was never able to learn when I had a day job.

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Day 1: The First Day of the Rest of My Life, January 2, 2020

Is this the most over-used picture of a “digital marketing” work station on the internet?

As of January 1, 2020 I am no longer working a 9-5 job. (Actually it was 10-6.)

Instead, I am focusing all my energy on my own business.

This site will chronicle my experiences, challenges and successes as a “solopreneur”, i.e. an entrepreneur running a business completely by myself.

I hope you find what I have to say interesting and worthwhile.