Monday, September 14, 2009

Fiona Bryan, LLC ~ It's Official!

Do you ever feel like there are just not enough hours in the day? Now that I'm working more I have that feeling nearly every moment of the day. I love that I'm able to remain a "stay-at-home" mom while building my business. My children are gone at school most of the day and as I re-aquaint myself with the professional me, I feel energized - and relieved that my brain can still function beyond Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and Yo Gabba Gabba. The downside to growing my business is that the responsibilities associated with it seem to grow at twice the rate.

For the past eight months "Form LLC" has been on my TO DO list. Each day I look at the list of mounting items on this task list and feel ill, literally ill. Billing, accounting, lead generating, relationship building (well, ok so maybe that one isn't exactly a task that challenges me ;))... and the one thing that turns my stomach into knots more than anything else - taxes. I'm so busy building other people's business presence that I have not spent enough time building my own brand. I don't have a professional business card, my website has been "under construction" for nearly five months, and then there is that list.

Today I'm quite giddy with excitement because not only have I crossed one of those TO DO items off of my list, but I have also stepped into a legitimate role as the owner of my very own legally recognized business. I, Fiona Bryan (stay at home mom to three children for the past eight years) now personally own and control my very own limited liability company! I've briefly mentioned BOTH (Back of the House) in the past and thanks to BOTH, Fiona Bryan, LLC has been created and there is a big FAT checkmark next to "Form LLC". The best part about this is that my onboarding specialist at BOTH, Libby, took care of the whole thing. I filled out some information for her and three days later I got an email congratulating me.

Fiona Bryan, LLC.

I have such a feeling of relief and.... pride. To be honest, when I was first approached with the opportunity to work with BOTH I felt like my fairy god-mother had just swept in to save me from myself. The procrastination and worry about how I might handle all of the responsibilities that came along with accepting more and more work was seriously effecting my productivity and my self-confidence. I found myself questioning whether I was really cut out for this. Now that even just one of those items has been taken care of I feel so much more confident that I am capable and that I will be successful. There is comfort knowing that so many of the daunting tasks that go along with running this business will be supported by BOTH. I expect to be onboard with some of the IT infrastructure, billing and bookkeeping services soon and then maybe I'll actually get some sleep.... maybe?

I'm building a business. I'm just as smart and energetic and talented as I have always been. My years organizing fundraisers and volunteering here, there and everywhere have kept my mind sharp and my sense of humor alert. My blogging and involvement in social media has boosted my confidence in my skills and connected me to amazing people that believe in me. AND... let's face it, very few of my friends are surprised to hear me say this because there is definitely huge talent involved when you become known for your legendary Happy Hour Playdates!


11 Responses to "Fiona Bryan, LLC ~ It's Official!"
  1. Knit Purl Gurl said...
    September 14, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Congrats, lady! You're an amazing talent and I just know you'll do great things! :)

  2. Michele McGraw said...
    September 14, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    Congrats on the LLC!!! I've been working on mine for a few weeks so I can't wait to be able to say the same!!! I love the new blog design, BTW!

  3. Jen said...
    September 14, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    Congratulation on going LLC! It must be a great feeling to say you own your own company!

  4. Rachel Ferrucci- MamaRucci said...
    September 14, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Congrats on the LLC. I love that I now have another friend with her own business!!!!

  5. Aliceson said...
    September 15, 2009 at 3:42 AM

    Congrats Fiona!

    To do lists haunt me too. At the top of mine right now is to clean out the craft closet. Scary stuff!

  6. Randi Troxell said...
    September 15, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    YEA! so happy for ya... go you!!

  7. Heatherlyn said...
    September 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Congratulations! I think it is great that you are able to find that balance between being a mom and also being you. I think it is so healthy to do as the kids grow up! I hope it all works out and brings you a lot of happiness. :)

  8. Christina - Rant Rave Roll said...
    September 15, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Congrats! I am so happy for you Fiona. I am sure you are overflowing with pride and happiness right now. As you should be. ;-)

  9. bookieboo said...
    September 16, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Congrats Fiona! I wonder if your taxes compare to my CA taxes with my LLC.

  10. Sue M. said...
    September 21, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    You go girl! Who needs sleep anyway? LOL

    Sending you big Congrats!

    Love, Sue

  11. Kat @ For the Love of Chaos said...
    September 21, 2009 at 6:56 AM

    Congrats :) I remember how I felt when I finally got my ministry incorporated. Had to do it myself, which took quite a bit of research but it felt GREAT afterward!

    Good luck to you and I wish you continued SUCCESS in your business! :)


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