What I’ve learned working for myself vs as an employee - Lara Hogan, ex-Kickstarter and EtsyFeatured

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Hi Elphas – as a reminder – this is part of our new public posts series sharing conversations with women across tech on the topic of #careergrowth. Please share your perspectives and thoughts in the comments below.Lara, thanks for speaking to us so candidly about your reflections transitioning from full time employee to full time entrepreneur.
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I can relate to every word.
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Congratulations and welcome to the club ;)One thing I do each year is invest in things I wanted to learn to further my business e.g sales training and I set aside a budget for them. Things that I don't really care for and aren't revenue generating, like bookkeeping, I end up paying for to save myself time.I also spend a lot of time automating stuff, and in recent years have an indispensable VA.Curious to hear and learn about your journey!
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I feel every paragraph so hard. Having always been "salaried," stepping out on my own was a serious leap out of my comfort zone. But consulting has been great for developing confidence and I wish more women / URMs could do it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts @larahogan!
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The loneliness is definitely something I can relate to, and the importance of building up a team of your own.
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What's interesting is the loneliness you describe. I feel this working as a employee. My startup background has well, tainted me somewhat, when working for larger more "traditional" business. I'm just not a good fit. It's not that I don't have good skills. In fact, I find that working for startups I have far more exposure to skills/issues (business, business process redesign as well as tech specific skills) that most of my managers in the larger companies simply do not have. And the "startup mentality", speaking up when you can foresee an issue that could impact project success and providing a plan of action or even, in some cases, stepping up in general, isn't necessarily seen as a positive at more established companies. I do not know what's happening to the world of work, but it just seems like no one really believes in what they're doing, like what they do or cares about much. Is it just me?So i'm looking into doing my own thing more. These days, my work satisfaction is more around surrounding myself with entrepreneurs, who are excited about what they are doing. That excitement and belief is a welcome change to my day-to-day work life. So much so that I do business mentorship and advisory work for social enterprises for free (I just want to be around people who are excited about what their doing and help them be successful). And, it's even turned into working with folks on LinkedIn seeking career advice..My challenge is in finding my "tribe", a group of people I can surround myself with that is of similar mindset. I have that somewhat (thru my social enterprise founders), but want a larger group. Elpha has helped in this regard (at this point i'll take virtual support too), but i'd also like something local. What I recently discovered and would suggest to all feeling the loneliness is to check out groups like Leadercast. I recently found it, and there are groups everywhere that meet up (for the conference and otherwise) and well, encourage each other.I'd also LOVE it, if elpha started conferences/local meetups so that we can support each other both virtually and in person. And, as I'm into podcasts (as I travel frequently), i'd LOVE an elpha podcast about being a female founder. I'm just putting it out there!