New Business, New Lessons
It’s official. We’ve started our own business. Like many entrepreneurs, this endeavor was about ten years in the making. We’ve taken all of our media experiences – every job, every project, every crappy boss – and used them to build our own media company. While I am thrilled with our early success, my biggest question was one every prospective business owner asks, “Is this really going to work?”
I get why so many people are willing to punch a time card and spend time in a cubicle. It’s safe. There’s security in a 9-5 job. You show up, do your work, and take home a paycheck. Someone else handles all the nitty-gritty details like healthcare, retirement and vacation days.
Starting a business is a risk. Success rests on your shoulders. It’s up to you to create a product or offer a service that others are willing to pay for. It’s up to you to dredge through tax forms, find affordable healthcare and invoice clients. It’s a lot of work.
That said, last Tuesday Jason and I took a two hour lunch – because we could. When I wanted to go home for my dad’s 60th birthday, I did. I didn’t have to clear it with anyone. When we’re working, there isn’t a micromanaging boss hovering over us. We set our own goals, create our own schedule, and dictate our own future. We’re the bosses. And that – right there – is the biggest perk of all.
We didn’t start McEwen’s Media on a whim. Both of us worked in the corporate world for years and started to build a client base while we were still working our day jobs. When we found ourselves working day and night, we took the first risk and quit the cube farm. Even then, we didn’t start a business right away. We needed to make sure we were up for it. We freelanced for years. Finally, at the beginning of this year we started our own media company.
Now, six months after starting the business, the question I ask is, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?”
We look forward to creating amazing videos and writing must-read articles for our clients for years to come.