If you’ve been following my Monday rants, you probably already have a feeling of what I do. I have a steady job, where I learned a lot about communication, improved my organizing skills and my German and in my free time, I do a million other things – working for 2GIKA, running social media marketing for a few companies, translating, make up, etc..

So, as I’ve stated in my earlier posts, I try to learn and educate myself all the time. I read as much as I can, I listen to podcasts of people I admire and watch their talks and I always try to incorporate their lessons into my own life.

The thing I’ve learned is, that if I stop moving I feel dead. Nothing happens, nothing excites me and I start being a pain in the ass (which is especially not good for people around me). And I don’t like being that – a person with no will, strength, courage or a purpose that keeps me moving.

I have rethought this about a million times and always got to the same conclusion. I need to quit my steady job and do something of my own. In 2 years that I’ve been working for this company I think I’ve learned everything I could and am not moving anywhere. There are no new challenges, and every month looks the same. It has all become a routine. And i hate routine. It kills me, and I believe that it kills everyone else, that’s why there’s sooo many unhappy people walking around.

Life wants you to win. Get out of your own way. Robin Sharma

There’s a really marvelous thing about working with and for 2GIKA. We are a team of individuals that complete each other. We are happy for our successes, sad for our failures, but no matter what happens, we always have our backs for each other. And we learn, EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. About business, life, relationships,… And it NEVER gets boring.

Every one of the trio let’s the other two be, what they want and need to be at the moment. If one of us would want to skydive, the other two what applaud. Or if one needs a one week break for himself, the other two would support him all they way and reorganize their work schedule to give him space for everything he needs to do.

This year has been a great ride for us, truly. We had one of the best moments as a company and also one of the worst. But we didn’t give up. And we took every opportunity we found with opened arms. I think one of the biggest lessons this year for us was how to say NO. Because sometimes, you just have to. Either to a client, team member or to yourself, but saying NO is one of the best lessons to ever learn. And the sooner you do it, the easier it will be for you to do things your way.

I am forever grateful, that I have the opportunity to be part of a team like this, to feel accepted, acknowledged and supported no matter what I do. You have no idea, how much the support of your coworkers means for your personal growth in business. I would probably still be at the beginning of my journey, if it wasn’t for Matevž and Matija. Thank you guys for being there when needed and leaving me be a mess when I had to and for never ever letting me give up on myself.

When we stop taking risks, we stop living life. Robin Sharma

What I’ve realized in the past few weeks or so is that I’ve always worked for someone else. There was always an employer. Always somebody, who gave me my paycheck at the end of the moment. That means that no matter what I did, what kind of job I was doing, there was always a middle man between me and the money I’ve earned. Well I’ve decided, that I’m making a stop to it and I’m slowly quitting my steady job.

This doesn’t mean, that I’m quitting 2GIKA. This only means that I’m starting my own company. And quite honestly, (sorry for being so blunt) it scares the crap out of me. This is a totally unknown territory for me and I’ve yet to discover al the perks of it.

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I’ve already mentioned that I really try to not depend on anyone else and starting my own company is, at least I think so, a way of freeing myself from depending on other people giving me my paycheck, instead, when the invoice is paid, the money is mine.

No need to explain how many billable hours I did, how many breaks I took, I don’t have to call in sick… I’m gonna be my own boss now and as much as it scares me, I’m really looking forward to it. my dreams are starting to come true.

Can a man be brave if he is afraid? That is the only time a man can be brave. (Game of Thrones)

And there are many other reasons why I decided to do it. From now on, I will always be able to choose my own clients. As I’ve mentioned before, at 2GIKA we have a list for clients, that needs to be checked before starting a collaboration. Well, I’m going to do the exact same thing with my own projects. It turns out that that list was one of the best ideas ever. It doesn’t lie, it never fails us and since we’ve been using it, every project went well and without complications.

I know, that building something on my own is going to make me feel accomplished. I found a new purpose – starting my own company and making it grow. I think I’ll be able to do much more on my own than in a company where there were rules to follow, things you aren’t supposed to say or do and there’s freedom of expressing myself and doing the things I love the most. And the money that I’ve been making so far will no longer go to others, it will shift to me.

I did a lot of research on what it means to open a company, mind you, I really don’t do anything without having all the facts clear. If I do something, I want to do it right. So one of the first steps I did was finding out how to start it. Where do I have to register, what paperwork needs to be done, what are my obligations as a company owner, about taxes, income, etc… I am also meeting with my accountant to be, just to be sure I’m doing everything right. This is a huge responsibility and again, I’m scared, but hey.. This is my shot to be what I want to be and succeed.

If all goes as planned, I’ll be a CEO in about 2-3 days, so wish me luck 🙂

Thanks for reading.
See you next week.
Ana