Working from home

It has been about 10 days since I stopped working, and I am sad to say the honey moon period is over. The first couple of days were spent reading e-mails, responding to comments left on the blog, (thanks again to everyone who left one, or shared the post) and leisurely going over the site. A lie-in, and a lazy afternoon were a welcome change from waking up at 6:30 am, and sleepwalking my way through an hour-long commute. Needless to say the last couple of days were a good chance to recharge the batteries, and focus on the challenges ahead.

Now that I have become accustomed to it, I’ve come to a conclusion; working from home is not as easy, or as glamorous as its made out to be, and not everyone is built for it. Don’t get me wrong, I think anyone can do it, however some people are better suited to it than others. Working from home for a prolonged period of time requires concentration, dedication and large amount of self-discipline. When I had a job, I had a routine, if I broke the routine there where immediate consequences, it was simple. The transition between this, and my current modus operandi has been slighty uncomfortable, but very interesting.

I’ve always lived in a constant state of organised chaos; routine, unless mandatory is something I’ve always shied away from. The freedom to choose, when, or decide how, is something that has always appealed to me, and it’s definitely a driving force behind me deciding to start-up. For someone with the attention span of a three-year old, a disdain for structure, and an uncanny knack of putting anything off, having too much time on my hands seems like a recipe for disaster. When I had a 9 to 5, I valued my time outside of work far greater than I do now, if I was working then I was working, there were no distractions, no time-outs and definitely no twenty-minute tea breaks. I still spend most of the day working on the site, however now I notice I’m doing a bit too much ‘research’, and the Facebook tab never seems to be closed.

Whoever said that working from home consisted of 11 am starts, a builders breakfast and huge dose of Jeremy Kyle is a liar.

Amara

The Entrepreneurs Rollercoaster of Emotions

I’m starting the weekend shattered. It’s 1am on Saturday morning and I have been working on the website for most of the evening. I started as soon as I got back from work, and it feels as if the week has finally caught up with me. Working a day job, and then putting inĀ  another shift when you get home is certainly not easy, I think I am beginning to understand what it means to burn the proverbial candle at both ends.

Before I get carried away writing this post, I would like to thank everyone who read my first post, and everyone who left a message. The messages and the number of people who viewed it, definitely inspired me to continue, and hopefully this blog will be going for some time.

It’s been a strange evening for some reason, and it’s definitely why I decided to post tonight instead of on Sunday. Earlier on I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions, mostly fear, anxiety and inadequacy. I haven’t felt this way for a long time, not since the Quarter Finals of the University Cup where I stepped up to take a penalty and missed. I think I am in the middle of a reality check.

What’s even worse is that tonight was update night, and I never feel this way on update night, in fact, I usually feel quite the opposite. Update nights, evenings or afternoons, are any time I get to see the new changes that have been made to the site, and these are always greeted with as much joy and enthusiasm as a three-year old opening presents on their birthday. My emotions today are not a reflection on the work my developer has produced, it’s just that the size of the task ahead has dawned on me. If you read my last post, you’ll know that I used to be in business with my brother and cousin. During this time I never dealt directly with things I couldn’t handle as we were all very different and my weaknesses were their strengths and vice versa. However now, I am dealing with all aspects of the business and there is no one to hide behind now. The thought of having to source coders, designers, copy writers, and marketers among the other one hundred and one things I have to do, just seemed to engulf me, but after writing for a while I am beginning to see them as small obstacles, instead of one huge Everest.

One thing which I think will be a Mount Kilimanjaro in itself is raising finance. I would be interested in finding out what the options are for start-ups trying to raise finance in today’s market. I’ve started researching the topic, but my initial reactions have not been positive. If there is anyone reading this, that has beenĀ  through it, or is currently going through this process, I would be interested in hearing from you and I would appreciate any information on the subject.

Slighty off topic, I think writing a blog is very therapeutic, and I would be interested in reading someones elses account of starting up a business. If any one else is doing something similar, don’t be shy, make yourself known, and for the smaller, less dramatic updates, please feel free to follow me on twitter. @AmaraUkaigwe

Time to sleep, it’s late, it’s just gone three and I’ve got football in the morning , so that means I’ve got a hatrick to score.

Reality check over.

Amara