We got the California gig!  It’s exciting but it brings up a lot of new problems.  Because I tend to get overwhelmed and then give up, I’ve been careful not to let my thinking get ahead of me.  I’ve been trying to only deal with the problems at hand.  Which so far have been getting proper insurance and learning the state’s requirements for starting a business.  All that fancy jazz.

But now we have an actual working employee.  So I have to learn how to process and keep track of the work being performed.  I have to learn how to send invoices. I have to learn how to do payroll.  I have to learn how to pay taxes.  We have to take the risk we said we were willing to take.  It’s one thing to say I’m willing to bet $1,000 that this will work out.  It’s another thing to actually withdraw $1,000 out of your emergency fund.

Speaking of money, the California venture is increasing our out of pocket expenses.  So far we have contributed $2,000 to the business.  Getting started in California will cost another $600.   Then we have to pay payroll out of our pocket for at least a month, probably longer.  Assuming no more work than we have been offered up to this point then that will be another $1,000 or so.

Which means before we see a penny in revenue we will have put out at least $3,600.

Mostly I have to get over the fact that we are actually doing this.  Up to this point it has felt very fake.  Especially since the only person I talk about the business to is my husband and you guys.  When I spoke to our new employee the other day I actually felt bad, like we were tricking him.  I’m on the phone thinking “This poor guy thinks we are a real company.  He has no idea that I am wearing my PJs and was just about to put my 3 year old down for a nap when he called.”

But I need to get over that.  Maybe once we actually get paid for work I’ll feel more comfortable with the idea.

To read about our past adventures in business check out the following posts:
When we started it
Deciding on California

Pic by: Kevin

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