What Most Entrepreneurs Won’t Talk About: Murphy’s law and the First 30 Days in Business

by Nick on September 12, 2016

imageIt’s been exactly one month since I left my corporate lawyer job to become a full-time ghostwriter, consultant, and coach.

During that time I’ve had a ton of successes, mostly because I had built my business on the side very deliberately, to the point that I had a lot of people waiting for my time to free up.

In fact, I was actually almost behind on some writing projects, although my clients were in the loop and accommodating, knowing I was in the midst of a transition that would allow me to serve them better.

As a result, I’ve had a lot of really great successes in the first 30 days, including:

  • Landing 2 new ghostwriting projects, filling up my capacity and starting a waiting list;
  • Getting a 3-book deal from a traditional publisher for books to be written in my own name, for my own brands;
  • Beginning the process and am now up for a Guinness World Record for one of my projects (more details soon);
  • Landing 3 new coaching clients (only a few left until I hit capacity); and
  • Landing a new consulting client.

It all adds up to some pretty awesome projected income to get started and projects I believe in.

I’m now writing 6 books at various stages, have several coaching and consulting clients, and have my own brands building in the background (and in some cases, the foreground).

I’m also working less (only slightly though, as the 50 hours from my day gig got quickly eaten up by the writing I am catching up on), sleeping more, and spending more and better-quality time with my family.


Most people would stop there. I won’t.

A lot of crap happened, too.

Here are a few that come to mind from the past 30 days. Total “unexpected crap” almost $2,000:

  • Long story short, my wife broke something by total accident that did not belong to us and it cost us about $1,500 to replace.
  • Our heating system in the house (that’s also connected to our hot water) broke and cost $350 to repair.
  • One of our garage doors broke. We think we fixed it ourselves. We’ll see….

That’s only the completely unexpected stuff and stuff that can’t be anticipated (like insurance premiums, which we knew about).

I also need to take better care of my personal health for oh so many reasons   That started last week.

Overall a great first month.

But don’t believe anyone who tells you it’s all tutus and rollerblades.

I can’t remember a month where I’ve been as happy professionally, literally everything is exciting.

But that Murphy guy has come a knockin’ more than a couple times too.

What else do you want to know?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Millennial Money November 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Yes, starting on your dream job has got be very exhilarating. Thank you for letting us know that you’ve done and will continue to do it. Look forward to hearing more from you in the future.


Dominique November 22, 2016 at 5:32 am

Excellent start to a long-lasting career, I’m sure!


Adam @ Cactus Weaver December 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Thats always the way of it, something breaks (like your heating, garage door…) and you have to spend moreee money!

Anyway, good luck with it all 🙂


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