I have been without a job for one month trying to start a company and piece together a food truck. Although I may have come a long way since then, there is still a tremendous amount of work ahead of me.  I hope everybody gets a chance in their lives to try to build something on their own. Even if it is unsuccessful, at least you gave it a shot. 

Here are some of the things I have learned:

  • Money goes fast
  • Everything takes longer than you expect. More so when left in the hands of someone else
  • You will have at least one large bill you didn't anticipate (medical, car,etc)
  • You MUST do something every single day
  • Leave yourself an agenda every night and MAKE SURE you complete everything the next day
  • People are more willing to help you than you would have expected
  • You will have no idea how you worked a job for so long (Especially 6 days a week)
  • It is a great time to detox your life from bad habits so you can enter the next part free and clear 
  • An office space is vital
  • Work quickly and efficiently, but don't rush
  • Wake up at the same time every day and have set hours
  • Don't waste time or money
  • Appreciate the free time you do have. It will all be gone shortly when the business is up and running
  • Love your phone. It allows you to "work" at a moments notice
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most people want to see you succeed and do well
  • Enjoy time with your family. It will motivate you to work hard and earn more free time
  • Research everything and do your homework
  • Don't be lazy
  • Its tricky and confusing, but not impossible
  • Don't stop moving forward

There is no need to elaborate on these since they pretty much speak for themselves. These rules hold true for life but especially when starting a business. One day, you will have your own thing starting and you'll be able to add to the list.

Good luck to all of you!