Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).
I finally watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As expected, Brad Pitt is still handsome whilst disguised in long gray hair and wrinkles.
Now, for today’s post, let’s pretend our businesses are Benjamin Button. It’s a little out there, but stay with me. Ready?
What if we were born into a mature business instead of a baby one?
Each year that we’re self-employed, we grow, we learn, and we hopefully become more successful in money, balance, and clients. For most us, we picture ourselves somewhere, but haven’t necessarily gotten there yet. But what separates that future business-owner—from who we are at this very minute?
Your future you
Can you envision the future you? Picture him or her, and consider:
- How will you run your business?
- How will you charge? What will your rates be?
- What clients will you be working with? Approaching? Attracting?
- What kind of work-life balance will you have?
- What type of projects will you be doing?
- How much confidence will you have?
- Will you say “no” more often? Will you be afraid to say “no”?
- Will you have a staff? An office? A private jet?
- How would the future you deal with your current struggles/issues?
My future me only works with ideal clients with good budgets. She has tons of experience, has great clients, makes a very good living, has higher rates, and has a reputation for being the go-to copywriting partner for designers who need a great website written. My future me has tons of confidence, and has relationships that produce a constant stream of work.
What does the future you do—that the present you doesn’t? What tips can we learn from the future us? And what can we implement now, instead of waiting?