Start Me Up

For anyone else out there in Blogland who has made a similar New Year’s resolution to me and wants to get their own business started in 2014 (or even grow an existing small company), I have a wholehearted recommendation for you:

The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide by Peri Pakroo, J.D.

 

Now, regular readers of Thought of the Day Blog will know that I haven’t actually started my own business yet, technically speaking.  So maybe this endorsement seems a little premature.  But speaking as someone who started off pretty clueless and never took any business classes in college (sorry, Dad, maybe I should have…), this book really makes legal/financial information accessible, and it’s given me a lot more confidence in the areas where I felt overwhelmed.  And about 95% of the information is applicable to guys, too.  Don’t let the title chase you away, gents.

 

It’s really well-organized, with chapters devoted to:

– writing a business plan

– calculating financial projections

– choosing the right legal structure

– finding cost-effective marketing

– keeping your books

– navigating tax basics

– and more

 

I thought it would be snooze-a-riffic, but somehow, it’s interesting.  Honestly.  My eyes have barely glazed over even with some of the technical mumbo jumbo.  Ms. Pakroo’s tone is casual but professional, and I appreciate how she breaks down concepts without talking down to her readers or making me feel dumb.

She provides a great overview of all the facets of starting/running a business, plus she provides excellent suggestions for further, in-depth research.  And on top of that, the publisher (nolo.com) has a website where you can download all sorts of legal forms and worksheets (here).

So is anyone else also starting a business?  I’d love to create a little online support system if there are any fellow future entrepreneurs out there.  So holler at me if you’re interested!!

 

 

(Disclaimer: This book review is entirely my own opinion.  I didn’t receive any compensation whatsoever.  However, if anyone WANTS to compensate me, I’d be ok with that.  <<Grin>>)

 

 

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A Quiet Start to 2014

Hi, dear readers! Did everyone have a happy and safe New Year transition?  Mine was low-key, as is par for the course with me.  It’s not one of my favorite holidays.  I’m not anti-NYE, but I just see it as a silly excuse to party.  And I’ve kind of become a little old lady before my time.  (I’d much rather be cozy at home than go out and get crazy.)  The last several years, right before New Year’s Eve, I’ve flown back to LA from Florida after a holiday visit with my parents.  So my body was still on Eastern Time, and I lamely went to bed even before the tape-delayed Times Square ball drop.

This year, despite being in Florida and not changing any time zones, I think I fell asleep about 5 minutes before midnight.  In my childhood twin bed.  I’m such a wild party animal.

I know there are a lot of people who think that your New Year’s plans set the tone for the rest of the year to follow.  If that’s the case, I wonder what it says about my 2014.  On the surface, it would seem that it’ll be a quiet year.  I even met a local fellow who would have been more than willing to share the traditional midnight kiss.  I probably would have rallied and gone out with him and his friends, except the reason I was so tired was because he and I had spent the two previous evenings hanging out.  <<Grin>>

So maybe, just maybe, there’s a different way of looking at my laid-back NYE plans.  Maybe instead of a boring year, 2014 is going to be about me.  Maybe it’s going to be the year I go after what is meaningful to, and best for, me.  I’m definitely pursuing my dreams this year.  Maybe I’ll finally be able to find a work-home-play balance?  Here’s hoping.

And in case my New Year’s Day plans factor in setting the tone for 2014, I should probably share that I did in fact get to have a date with my gentleman friend.  It was quite lovely.  🙂

Happy New Year!!

Ok, guys.  If I’m completely honest, I can say that I’m pretty darn happy that 2013 is drawing to a close.  Looking back, it was definitely a transitional year for me.  At some point, I consciously/subconsciously decided I didn’t want to be the person I was being to make my last major job and last relationship work.  I decided to realign my life to be in tune with my more authentic self.  I am finding that I’m a much more spiritual, open-minded, stronger, more peaceful person without that job and relationship, and it’s made me much happier to leave them behind.  But it took awhile for me to completely shed the attachment to the “old” me and not look back at what could have been without regret.

So I, for one, am looking forward to the new chapter that 2014 represents and all the possibilities ahead.  I hope it will be an amazing year for you and your loved ones as well.

Cheers to new adventures ahead!  <<clinks glass>>  Happy New Year!!!

Transitioning

Akela the reindeer dog says, “What up homies?  Who’s got leftovers to share?”

What up readers?

She also says, “Get these stupid antlers off me!!”*

 

Hope you all had a great holiday and/or a great nonreligious day off.  For a lot of people, today marks the return to normalcy.  The frenzy of Christmas planning, shopping, baking, wrapping, unwrapping, cooking, and eating is over, and it’s back to the grind.  (Except for holiday leftovers…  The eating of various treats and leftovers will continue a little while…)  For others who are lucky to have an extended winter break, it’s just time to count down the days till New Year’s.

For me, it’s a time to buckle down and refocus on my goal for 2014: opening my own business.  Between various holidays and driving across the country, I’ve been absorbed in planning and driving and, well, basically what I just described as the Christmas frenzy.  But the best part about coming home to Florida for the holidays is catching up with friends and family I don’t see very often.  As a result of our gabbing, I’ve been describing my future business plans and getting excited about them all over again.  (Well, and also a little nervous.  It’s a BIG career change for me, but one I feel compelled and inspired to implement.)

I know it’s a little early to make New Year’s resolutions, but I say there’s no time like the present!  So I’m gonna ride this wave of momentum and hopefully get a lot done over the next week, so that maybe, just maybe, by New Year’s, I will have a lot of research under my belt and hopefully more definite plans.

What about you guys?  Have you started thinking about New Year’s resolutions?  Does anyone even make them anymore?  I historically haven’t, but I think this 2013-14 transition is gonna be different for me.  I think there’s some good stuff on the horizon.  I’m looking forward to it!

 

 

*No dogs were actually traumatized in the making of this photo.  However, one was bribed with yummy treats to sit, stay, and not to shake off the antlers.