I'm still packing up all of my stuff for the big move and came across this receipt. Took me awhile to remember why I held onto it for so long, then I realized - it was my first business expense. $75 for a membership to RocketTheme, a Joomla Template club. That relatively small expense helped me triple my customer base and launched my baby of a business into adolescence.
It was the first time I ever spent real money on my small biz.
the first time I realized that "this is for real".
the first time I actually believed that "you get what you pay for".
Even though I don't sell websites any more, my days fiddling with Joomla Templates into the wee hours were very necessary part of my growth as a business owner.
What I learned:
May see redundant, but it took me nearly THREE YEARS before I truly learned that lesson. I can do a lot of things. Build Joomla & WordPress websites, write newsletters, create logos, establish brands, promote events, blah, blah, blah.
But of those tasks, there are only a few that I can claim any *real* level of expertise.
That receipt stands as evidence of my first step toward finding that core skill, and learning to delegate the rest.