Remember: Jeff Bezos started Amazon out of his garage!

Just to begin by stating the obvious… “we” have been through a LOT the past year. The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the world as we knew it and continues to take its toll on everyone. We are in upheaval of global proportion, so we are turning to the web more than before for everything from ecommerce to simple human connection.

While the U.S. is in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, Jeff Bezos – made $13 billion in one single day this past July! The man has amassed so much wealth that he can literally eradicate world hunger right now if he wanted to and still have a “mere” $73 billion left over to play with… (I digress but see links here and here because this topic is so mind-blowing it deserves much more contemplation.)

So where does this leave us, the struggling small businesses? 

“Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi said in a weekend note, adding that within industries, smaller businesses have fared worse than their larger, more productive counterparts.” (Forbes, Nov. 30, 2020) According to Zandi, “tens of thousands of mom and pop retailers have failed…”

This is dismal and scary stuff for the “little people” in the business world. If you read my blog post, Small Businesses Do It Best, last year, you know my heart is with these small companies- the actual backbone of the US economy. If entrepreneurs weren’t struggling enough to survive before, we are now.

Mother Nature has literally put us all into a perpetual “time-out” for a yet to be determined length of time. So, how do we make the best out of this situation? 

For me, social distancing and quarantining have propelled me to wake up at the crack of dawn before the kids, put on a pot of coffee, get comfy on the couch, and do some serious introspection work. What is it that I want out of life? If time and money were no object, what would I be doing? OK, time and money are indeed limited resources, so how do I make the most impact with what I do have?

In my random internet browsing, I came across a statistic from CNN.com (1/8/2021): The US economy lost 140,000 jobs in December. All of them were held by women (Emphasis mine.)

If you know me at all on a personal level, you know that I’m a helper. A compulsive helper. I want to help. What can we do? How can I help?

I can’t believe how many people who’ve been following along in my freelancing journey have asked me for advice on how to get started. Early last year, I felt it in my heart to coordinate with my local library to facilitate volunteer trainings on virtual assistance. I even recorded one, check it out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLQVX-3EYyuTFV30pJRwKSg.

So I think to myself… What did I do to start working again after staying at home with my little kids? Get online. Freelance. Dip your feet back in the water. Join Clubhouse. Network. Stay connected. Freshen up your tech skills. All those hand-made crafts you love to do? Start an etsy shop! (Yes, I did start an etsy shop at one point.)

I can’t believe how many people who’ve been following along in my freelancing journey have asked me for advice on how to get started. Early last year, I felt it in my heart to coordinate with my local library to facilitate volunteer trainings on virtual assistance. I even recorded one, check it out on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLQVX-3EYyuTFV30pJRwKSg.

Now, there are some incredibly flawed videos on my channel (cringe worthy)– but you have to start somewhere, right?? Getting started in the #gigeconomy is not that hard. I am also not going to lie- it can be incredibly frustrating to really establish yourself.

But, if you are sitting at home on your couch on unemployment, why not see what’s going on with Upwork or Fiverr? Or, you could take a free social media marketing course on Hubspot. Like the late, great Stephen Covey said, “sharpen your saw.”

Looking for personal guidance on how to get started in Freelancing? Book a 1 hour Freelancing Coaching Call- Limited Time $20.

Look, folks, Jeff Bezos started Amazon out of his garage!!!!! We’re freelancers / solopreneurs / start-ups- we have to start somewhere.

Published by stephanielynnenoce

Entrepreneur, social media marketing and administrative wizard, and gifted creativity expert

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