Starting up is hard to do. After you get beyond the euphoria (or trauma depending on the hour of the day) of making the big move to leave W-2 employment it is time to get down organized. With appreciation to friends who paved the way before me along with a few good books and websites I made my checklist! Nothing can start without a checklist! It was my plan. The plan was complicated as it was wrapped around catching up with pent up desire to spend time with family, catch up with friends and take care of household to do lists long overdue. Whew…my first two months of “semi-retirement” were exhausting!
Back to business...starting up a sole proprietor business is really not as simple as throwing up a website. First order of business was to buy a new computer, PC or MAC that was the big question. Okay, stay with what you know I advised myself – order Win7 but buy a touch screen tablet notebook to be ready to go to Win8. I thought I was so smart. That didn’t work out quite as I planned….I asked for Office 2013. Egad! Not only a learning curve but print driver challenges and no help desk to call!
Then a new cell phone….again I told myself – stay with what you know…iPhone! I was excited to upgrade to the iPhone5. Only to find that my favorite Bluetooth hands free headphones won’t work with it. Again – calls on hold to Apple and the carrier taking up precious time. Thank goodness for Jacques (my number one savior and very technical husband) patience and help with getting it all to work.
Reality Check Number One – life without the Service Desk is not for the weak. I always appreciated the Service Desk but never really knew how much I REALLY appreciated them! Paul B and Robin T – my hat goes out to you and your team!