In the U.S. there are more than ten million of us. Around the world, there are millions more. We are the “non-employee” businesses who are independent. We are in business for ourselves, helping people and businesses and all kinds of organizations to be better. We are on our own. It can be lonely, isolating.
After being a CEO for over 20 years and then going out “on my own” for the last 12 years, I decided to start writing about this important role in our economy. Those who choose to become independent include artists, geologists, consultants, attorneys, CPAs, speakers, computer code writers, realtors, clowns, therapists, authors, contractors, financial advisors, and a long, long list of other professionals.
So here I am, writing my first blog. I’ve told about twenty people that I am going to start today. So I have to do this. There were many ways I could have (and have) delayed this start. Getting just the right template. Finding the right photos. Learning all the ins and outs of WordPress. Hiring others to do important parts of this process. But in the end, I have to be true to myself. I know that I have to try things myself before I can have others do them. This was a big problem for me when I was running a company. I had to learn to trust others and get out of my own way to let things grow.
But here I am, with the help of one really good friend Garo, posting my first WordPress blog.
I’ve already violated one of my goals: to keep my posts short. So I’ll end by summarizing my purpose.
The purpose of this regular blog is to provide ideas, tools, conversation, and support to independent professionals everywhere. I hope you will join me by commenting, adding your own ideas, favorite best practices, tools, etc. It could be fun. Let’s make it that way.