Since moving to Italy in September, I’ve been doing the Pisa to Gatwick commute. I was never a commuter when I lived in Brighton. Why I decided this commute would be doable I don’t know. I picked a corker!
It seemed a good idea at the time because:
1: I was hungry for new experiences.
2: I wanted to move abroad.
3: I needed time to figure out how I could/would earn a living.
I’m over that now. The winter was beyond doubt a test of my will power and I’ve earned the right to live here full time…secondo me. (That’s Italian for “in my opinion” – check me out!) Now I’m on the hunt. The weather is staring to get blinking gorgeous and everyday is like a holiday given that there is so much to see and do that is all new to me. Every day feels special and I don’t want to waste it on flights.
So how on earth does one create a steady income when you can’t speak the language and are looking to be free range?
I’ve attended a few “women in business” meetings since January. The ideas punted there are pyramid schemes and whilst I accept they are right for some, they aren’t right for me. I’m a figure it out for myself, my way, in my own time kind of girl, so I’ve just started playing Mojo Money & Business online. I love this game because I learn heaps from the other women, who like me, are keen to get into business for themselves or grow their existing businesses.
My problem is I have too many ideas and am chicken when it comes to putting them out there. She says writing all of this in a blog for all to see! Honestly though, the idea that my projects might fail, I’ll discover I rubbish at the thing I’ve always wanted to do or that no one will want to pay is very strong within me.
This feels like a Failure Expert test. A refresher. I need to put my money where my mouth is and spin those negative thoughts on their head in order to demonstrate I am worthy of the title. And those thoughts won’t stop me. They won’t damn it … hell no. I’ve come way to far, invested more cash than I care to mention and I have started nesting.
I’m publicly daring myself to do 1 scary thing a day to get my new venture out into the world and available online so I can become a free range human that is not worried about how she will pay her bills each month.
Dare 1: Contact someone today and ask for guidance. They have done this before. They are ace in my opinion and I trust they will be kind and not tell me to F888 Off. (Not that scary – scary factor of 0)
Dare 2: Commit to facilitating a regular monthly group when I’m back in Brighton, Firenze and Lucca. (Set the dates, invite the people. Scary factor of 2.)
Dare 3: Ask if I can put an advert on the facebook groups in my area. (Bit scary – what if people who don’t speak English come. What if the administrators say no? Scary factor of 3)
Dare 4: Contact the networking group offering a taster session to their membership. (Everyone speaks English but what if the response sucks? Scary factor of 4)
Dare 5: Identify others I could offer a % to in exchange for promoting the product/service (That’s the really scary one! The service available online is my overall goal. If I can’t find a way to promote it and reach my target audience…what then? SCARY BISCUIT rating of 5)
Is there anyone else looking to do something scary business / life wise? Would love to hear how you are moving forward. Virtual support is better than no support in my book 😉
Laters gaters and remember to #StayClassy x x x
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