2 years C.inc and my most valuable lessons

It has been a while, since I wrote. Not that I stopped writing entirely, but as I was busy working and writing for my clients I somehow found it difficult to find themes to write for myself. 

But.. this week on March the 22nd to be precise, it has been 2 years ago since I the founding of my own company. Giving birth to C.inc. 
I am unsure if I feel it is ‘just’ two years or ‘already’. 
On one hand it feels like I’ve been doing this forever, but on the other hand it also just feels like only yesterday I started doing it for myself. 

So this calls for a celebration. 
Has it all been fun and sunshine? Not really but it has been such an incredible learning curve. 

Lesson I
Assumption is the mother of all fuck ups. When you decide to venture into business as a freelancer, a lot of people will say; I that is so cool I am going to hire you for a project later. The truth is that rarely happens and all the really cool jobs come from those you least expect it. (See lesson 3 also.) 

Another important thing is payments, but I’ll leave the details on that one up to you. I will tell yo this: I have become a lot stricter when it comes to my payment terms. ;-) 

Lesson II
Dare to say ‘no’ once in a while. As a freelancer the world is your playground and you will float on wave of opportunities. Because of the uncertainty that goes with your freelance status, you tend to say yes to opportunity that comes along. But if you were truly honest to yourself, a lot of the times those jobs don’t pay as well as the effort you need to invest into them or the brand or client does not fit your DNA. 
And despite all these warning signs from your gut warnings you agree to doing the job. Don’t, trust your gut! It is (almost) always right. 

Lesson III
Be trustworthy
The world is too small and you always, always run into people in your business more than once. Even after you’ve known people for what feels like an eternity, they can turn into a new client or a partner. It happened to me more than once in the last two years. My phone rang and just like that I had a new assignment coming from someone I’ve worked with years ago. 

Lesson IV
Enjoy the ride. Make sure to make fun along the way. As much as possible. Because the energy you get from enjoying what you do and doing what you enjoy is priceless. 

I could not have done it without the support of my family, friends and a couple of specific people in the last two year. One is my mirror and has been my most loyal supporter for over a decade. I love you and I would move mountains for you. I am proud of who you’ve become and thankful you are still a part of my life. And then to the one who reads my soul, the one that talks me back on track when I lose faith through limitless love, the one for coffees, the one that I can just sit with without saying a word, and the one that is my lifeline and brings joy. I could go on and on about you, but you all know who you are. And I am grateful that I can call you my friends, you’ve supported and criticized me, offered a shoulder to cry on and shared your positive energy with me. I’ve got nothing but love for you. 

On to the next 2 years!