Experiment in maintaining sanity in the second year of a start-up
(About) A year ago I was given the chance to open my own agency, Bright Sky Interactive. It was 10 years ahead of schedule and I spent the first six months just trying to figure out how to be a business owner. I was sorely unprepared to figure out taxes (though my superhero/accountant does that now) and “making the sale” was foreign territory.
Somehow I managed to convince enough people that I knew what I was doing and BSI began to grow. Twelve months later and a company of one girl working from her couch has become a full team working at real desks with fancy ergonomic chairs. Oh, and we also managed to pick up a few awards, open a second office, and convince more people we’re smart. (I’m pretty sure it’s the sweet graphs we show, clients love graphs.)
While I am incredibly grateful to have my own company, insanely grateful, will never return to the cubicle again grateful, I did let little things fall to the wayside last year. Books were never read, workouts were never scheduled, coding was never learned,and friends were never met. Plus let’s hope that my grandma never has to prove her senility by remembering the last time we hung out. (Sorry grandma!)
So as Bright Sky Interactive enters what looks to be an explosive year two, I’m using the Internet to keep me beholden to a better balance. Also my 30th birthday is coming up, so that’s an awesome “it’s time to get it together” deadline, too.
Here’s to a year of making sure my inner workaholic doesn’t go on too many late-night, spreadsheet-laden binges.