I started a business!
I very briefly looked into starting a brewery way back when, but quickly learned that I enjoyed making beer much more than selling. Then I discovered you can buy beer at the store! I put entrepreneurship out of my mind until I was retiring for five minutes last winter. Though stressful, the experience taught me that 1) I have a skill and 2) people are willing to pay for said skill.
Two conversations during job interviews changed my mind. In one I learned that an old friend had started a data analytics business and preferred metrics to implementations. Turns out, I have experience with implementations and am now more comfortable with them than the data. The second conversation was with a company with which I was on the path towards a full-time position (and have since probably missed two promotions). That one ended with the statement, “I’d still like to pay for your help, but I can’t pay you. I have to pay a company.”
Without further ado, I introduce Workflow Leadership & Design.