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    BrettM33
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    I don’t like giving up on things and I guess I’m not really giving up on this as I’m not technically closing the business, but I have come to the conclusion that I think it’s time to look for other work.

    For a long while now I have been struggling financially and Condor just hasn’t been bringing in a CONSTANT enough workflow and I’m sick of wondering when the next job is going to come in.

    On top of this and what really made me make this decision is that at the moment I’m constantly worried about getting enough work done (when I have the work) to pay my bills when I’d rather be spending time working on my new company.

    The way I see it is if I get myself a part-time or reliable casual job then I will at least have a constant flow of money and once the work day is done, it’s done – I don’t have to keep worrying about having to do more and I can focus on what I want to when I am at home.

    I don’t even know why I am posting this, just thought I would get it out there I guess haha…..

    With the above in mind – anyone here have a job for me!? :p

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    RyanMcCausland
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    It’s always good to write things down when they are weighing on your mind.

    I think your battle is one that is not unfamiliar to most, if not all, members here at one point or another. At the end of the day you just have to do your best to provide for you and your family and if that means getting some part time work to sure up your cashflow then so be it. If that means you are stressing less you will be happier and more productive when you are working on your own projects anyway, so a bit of a win win situation.

    Best of luck with the job hunt.

    Ryan

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    Spice Queen
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    It’s good to post. Being an entrepreneur is hard work – and can be lonely, and it’s great that FS is a sounding board for us all.

    I totally agree with Ryan (aka Spreadsheet Guy). It’s tough and we can probably all relate, but you have to pay the bills. I have set up my new spice company but still have to do a bit of freelance consulting (my background is as a research/ strategy analyst)! It’s not my passion but it pays the bills and I still enjoy it.

    This is a great quote from Ryan and part of sums up elements of what keep me going

    At the end of the day you just have to do your best to provide for you and your family and if that means getting some part time work to sure up your cashflow then so be it. If that means you are stressing less you will be happier and more productive when you are working on your own projects anyway, so a bit of a win win situation

    Good luck! Hope business keeps growing and I hope you can find something part time that will relate to your business :)

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    BrettM33
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    Thanks for the support guys! :)

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    SuzsSpace
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    I know your pain. I posted something similar last year, ended up giving up my books and fell into a part time casual job. This gives me enough money to make ends meet and time to focus on SendOutCards. I feel much better for it.

    The fact that many friends are struggling with selling books just makes me more comfortable with my decision.

    All the best with your decision.

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    Hi Brett,

    Sorry to hear that things haven’t been going smoothly. Whatever you decide, I hope you find it all flowing along nicely.

    And I also hope we continue to see your cheery self around the forums on a regular basis :)

    Jayne

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    Robert Gerrish
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    I agree that sometimes, it can be good to take a step back. Regroup, cover your general needs (by way of a part-time job) and give yourself some time to plan your next assault on the world of business.

    As soloists we are fortunate that we are agile enough to do this…it just takes some bravery.

    Condor if you’d like to have a natter sometime – about the road ahead – just pop me a PM and I’ll be happy to have a chat. No money changes hands, I’d be happy to offer some support.

    Robert :)

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    JacquiPryor
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    Hi Brett,

    With the new company coming along, perhaps Condor Creative will be able to be your part time job before too long? Fingers crossed anyway!

    I’m glad you’re not considering closing all together… Who would look after my site for me then?! Obviously I am a fan of your work so I really do hope that all pans out for you and that you are able to continue with Condor, even if it is whilst you test a few other things as well.

    All the best.

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    BrettM33
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    Thanks everyone – really appreciate the support! :)

    Robert, I’ll send you a PM sometime to have a chat – thanks a lot! :)

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    PerfectNotes-Kathy
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    Hi Condor,

    Having had similar concerns about paying the bills (AFTER having prodded recalcitrant customers to pay their bills), I have applied for a few contract jobs recently.

    Unfortunately, I have not had any calls yet, but at least I understand that there are other options to bring income in to the business.

    Maybe you can also do this?

    Kathy

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    TheGoldenGoose
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    There’s alot to be said about spreading yourself too thin – good on you for recognising it and taking action!

    Good luck :)

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    BrettM33
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    PerfectNotes-Kathy, post: 163971 wrote:
    Hi Condor,

    Having had similar concerns about paying the bills (AFTER having prodded recalcitrant customers to pay their bills), I have applied for a few contract jobs recently.

    Unfortunately, I have not had any calls yet, but at least I understand that there are other options to bring income in to the business.

    Maybe you can also do this?

    Kathy

    I’ve had a look at some contract jobs but they all seem to be full-time gigs for like 6 months or something; won’t really work for me as it will leave me minimal time to work on my other company. I’ll keep looking though :)

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    PerfectNotes-Kathy
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    CondorCreative, post: 164100 wrote:
    I’ve had a look at some contract jobs but they all seem to be full-time gigs for like 6 months or something; won’t really work for me as it will leave me minimal time to work on my other company. I’ll keep looking though :)

    For me, at the moment, I have a one-day-a-week commitment, but nothing else steady. So I can look at reasonably short-term contracts, with the knowledge that I will probably be working a half day (average) on each day of the weekend.

    If the workload otherwise gets out of hand, I have a few people I can call on to ‘top-up’ for me. :)

    Kathy

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