"Expect to starve for the first six months." That was advice given to me from an experienced colleague, when I was first going into the web design business. "It takes that long to build up a clientele, and people usually aren’t ready for that."
I’d contacted some folks who were successfully doing what I wanted to do, meeting to get acquainted and, of course, see if he had need for any subcontracting work. Ha! I did get some subcontracting work, but the advice lasted a lot longer than the cash I earned. He cautioned me not to become discouraged, and I took heed his words. (My 11th house Jupiter graces me with excellent support from mentor-types.)
When you start to work for yourself after leaving cubeville, it’s…disconcerting. The make your own choices, live your own schedule part, that comes easy! But there’s more. Paychecks appearing in with predictable regularity is history.For projects, each takes about three times as long as you imagine. Waiting for checks to arrive can be even worse.
Fear is the entrepreneurs’ nemesis, I quickly learned. That is what came to mind, when I saw today’s cards…
Seeing the reversed Ace of Pentacles (root of Earth) and reversed Four of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn), risk—or the aversion thereof—is up for discussion. Especially financial risk. People go to school, move, or work beneath their earning power for many reasons. To build skills, break free of an oppressive situation, adapt to the needs of a loved one. The list goes on. But still, there’s a purpose for the decision. Best not to forget that.
The Capricorn energy of the Four of Pentacles can be quite bothered by risk taking. So maybe you won’t call it "risk." Maybe you should call it an "investment" instead. That’s what is, you know. Not unnecessary risk. Taking a chance, making a move to give yourself options, follow your heart, or find the freedom to distribute your energy how you see fit.
Besides: you can PREPARE for these risks. Set a little cash aside. Stock up your pantry. Organize your support network. Do whatever you need to do, in order to walk forward knowing you have some kind of backup plan. Then, if it takes a minute to find stability as you travel your new path, you’ll be okay with that.
I will tell you one thing, I’ve learned working for myself for over a decade now…once I developed a sense of faith surrounding my work, a trust that I would always have what I needed, I pretty much have. Lose a client? Get two new clients, often within 24 hours. I’ve always had food and shelter and love freely available. All my needs have continued to be met, despite any momentary fluxes. That’s what faith brought me: the freedom to take risks.
How are you with taking risks? Why?
|Cosmic Tarot Deck
by Norbert Losche
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