I suspect I have many compatriots on this site. In 2011, I started a resume-writing service, after having been employed by my home state as a resume writer. Everyone I told about it said that I had picked a great business, and a great time to provide the service.
Now, as 2014 draws to a close, I’m broke, with no clients (due in no small part to an episode of depression I suffered in May), no phone calls… and no money.
In my more optimistic days, I purchased a ton of supplies and books, joined 3 professional organizations, set up a website, posted on LinkedIn, even (shudder) paid for advertising and SEO assistance. My biggest mistake during my more successful times, was to assume the money would increase, and that the money I spent would come back to me in the form of business.
So if things don’t improve by February or March 2015, I am shutting down and looking for a “real” job, with a real salary and real benefits. Being in business for myself has come to resemble the nursery rhyme about the little girl with the curl: “When she was good, she was very, very good. But when she was bad she was ‘horrid.”