If you run your own business, you'll hopefully reach a stage when it's well established enough for you to start expanding it. Why should you expand? Because you don't want to stagnate and become uninspired with what you're doing, which is a quick way to reduce your business performance. But you also want to stay competitive in the market or industry you're in, and of course you want to keep increasing your profits! These are some of the reasons that we've experienced at Black Mountain, over the five years that we've been running.
Today a Facebook notification popped up, "Your Memories on Facebook", dated June 28, 2012:
"Tomorrow is my last day working in book publishing, after eight wonderful years. Thanks to all of those who shared it with me: it was never well paid, often absurd but always fun - you guys were awesome".
I often wonder what it is about me that didn't work in a corporate space and why I never progressed much. I suppose I chopped and changed roles and companies many times, learning as I went, meeting amazing people, but there was something about my career that always made me feel stifled and frustrated. Like I was just swimming the race, never really excelling.
Any entrepreneur will tell you that consistent cash flow is the life blood of a successful business. And when we first started Black Mountain we naturally thought that this meant securing as many retainer clients as possible, in order to have a predictable income and workload in the future (as well as to plan better too).
Sorry that it's been a bit quiet around here lately. The reason? End of year rush. Projects that needed to be completed. The small matter of moving two kids, two dogs, a husband and a houseful of objects from the City of Gold to The Mother City. Oh, not to mention trying to make a business work in two different cities as well.