Entrepreneurship & The Girl + Freelance Camp Vancouver

I just realised that Coach T.I.A turned a YEAR old last month and I forgot to celebrate.

The day I started this blog came and went without any fanfare.

Had I remembered, I’d have taken the time to pat myself on the back and congratulate myself on this journey.

You see, I am an Entrepreneur.

I didn’t know that a year ago.

Back when I finished coach training, started this blog, started my business, got certified and immersed myself in social media, I didn’t know that.

I do now.

Back then I thought that once I’d finished my coach training, everything else would just fall into place. Clients would find me, I’d happily write my blog every week, send out my newsletter every 2 weeks, grow my subscribers and readers, create eBooks and start a radio show.

Some of it happened like I imagined, some didn’t.

No one told me about the huge learning curve, or the moments of wanting to run away from it all to a safe cushy job somewhere where I could switch off at 5pm. Granted it’s rare when I feel like that, but it happens sometimes.

Being an entrepreneur is exciting, frustrating, tricky, energising, exhausting, insomnia inducing, gratitude inducing to say the least.

On the one hand there’s all the freedom in the world to wake up when you want, take afternoon naps, go for a walk in the middle of the day, and make your own schedule.

And on the other, there are those sleepless nights when your (ok, ok, my!) mind is full of ideas and plans for your business and sometimes, paralysing fears of doom and dismal failure.

If you’re someone who works from home, here are some tips to keep you sane:

  • have a network of trusted people to lean on
  • talk about your experiences, highs and lows
  • make sure you’re not going it alone!
  • get yourself some coach / mentor support
  • remember the big picture – your why (know your reasons)
  • connect with fellow entrepreneurs & share learnings

That’s just what I’ll be doing next week as I join a bunch of very talented and enterprising professionals Vancouver’s First Freelance Camp for Entrepreneurs on Sat, May 29th, from 9am – 4pm.

What’s that you ask? From the horse’s mouth:

  • An open agenda that participants create on the day of the event
  • All about discussion, interaction & learning
  • Share your freelancing experience & discuss challenges you’re facing
  • Get experience-based answers to your questions
  • Network, meet potential clients and/or partners
  • Explore different approaches to freelancing

Doesn’t this sound so innovative and exciting?

If you live in Vancouver or know someone who does, I highly recommend you bring yourself or send them along to this Unconference of local Creatives and Entrepreneurs.

Lets drink endless coffee, learn, share and connect! Check out the site for more information & see you there.

Oh, and a Belated Happy 1st Birthday to Coach T.I.A! We’ve only just begun… how about you?

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  1. says

    Happy birthday! I’m an entrepreneur too & my offering is writing – blogging, web site copy & more. I really want to connect w/ more folks who have this worklife. I’m also a mom w/ a kid who does school from home so I’ve got a full plate! I will definitely check out freelance camp (also going to wordcamp) thanks again Tia!

  2. says

    Thanks Susan! Didn’t we meet briefly at Twestival? I hope you can make it to Freelance Camp, it’s going to be all kinds of awesome and you’ll get to meet some very nice (and cool) people – feel free to share the link around and see you there!

  3. says

    Hi Tia,
    Happy One Year to you and your blog!!

    I love the honesty with which you share in this post. The highs along with the moments that are a little more challenging, too.

    Have fun at the conference – sounds like a wonderful place to connect with some great people!!

  4. says

    Thank you Lance! For dropping by, for the awesome chat and for the new friendship 🙂 This year is so awesomer already! Yep, looking forward to the event as well, intentionally so. Cheers!


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