One-year-ruleI don’t know where I heard about the one year rule for new businesses. I may be making it up, but for the last few months I’ve believed it to exist.

The rule is that it takes one year until a business is successful.

Technically, Tap Dancing Spiders is nearly five years old, but last week was the first anniversary of it being my full-time gig.

What have I learned in the last year?

  1. Sometimes my best isn’t enough. Budgets change, contracts fall through. It’s not personal on me, despite how it may feel. Smile, offer to help in the future, and move on. Keep it positive and they’ll come back.
  2. Take that chance. Yes, it’s scary and it may fail, but I’ve learned things and met people you wouldn’t have otherwise.
  3. The right tools make my day so much easier. This includes FreeAgent – my accounting package, HootSuite Pro, Google Calendar, and my web hosting with IvyCat.
  4. Relationships matter. Whether it’s professional relationships or personal, I need them. I’ve gained projects through professional connections, knowledge shared with all, and most importantly, I’ve learned how much my friends mean to me and I to them.
  5. And the final one is from a Doctor Who quote: We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh. It’s been a roller coaster ride, and while it’s starting to steady out, I know there are more dips and turns to come. I’m actually looking forward to writing a book of my experiences, just not yet.

So thank you to all whom I’ve met, worked with, laughed with, … cried with… over the last year. The one year rule is real. Let’s have cupcakes to celebrate.

Clarification on the full-time gig thing. Yes, I was full-time on Tap Dancing Spiders when I left Australia, but that was just temporary while I resettled. This time it’s for keeps.

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