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!