I restarted this blog exactly a year ago with the intention of taking a New Direction. I guess, in someways I did. Since this blog’s redebut (yep made up word), I’ve struggled to get control of my life. I’ve come to the conclusion that trying to get control of your life is like trying to control a runaway semi truck. You can’t slow down, you can only steer while going 80 mph downhill. Too many radical turns and you’re going to flip over and crash. So, Life, please take me where I’m supposed to go.
Over 6 months ago I got a job as a front desk receptionist. The job was supposed to be temporary while I found something else. I interviewed for a few really awesome opportunities, but 6 months later and I was still earning $10 in a job where I was taken advantage of and my accomplishments were met with criticism instead of praise. I came to the realization if I didn’t like the job I could quit. So, I did. (Of course, once I gave notice I was the best thing ever and could I please stay? So I’m still working 1-2 days a week as needed, but whatever). I felt really guilty for awhile, because so many people are struggling for work and even if I’m making peanuts for pay and undervalued, at least I have a job right? WRONG. Just because the economy is crap doesn’t mean I have to put up with a crap job. I decided to start my own Web Consulting business. I live in an area that does not have a great presence on the web. The small businesses are struggling with this “Internet stuff” and I believe I can offer my expertise to help them. Now I’m the woman with the business plan, the pricing structure, but no business name.
Identity is something that I’ve struggled with personally. Who am I? What am I doing? Where am I going? How do I label myself? Even this blog has caused some inner contention because, while being an advocate or “agvocate” am I really an ambassador for ag since I’m removed from the farm and don’t even work in the industry? I still ask myself that question and have considered changing my .com to something else. But what? I have no idea. The point is, now I have to come up with a BUSINESS name. Which is a necessary piece to a business (shocker). Amazingly, enough I can’t really *start* a business and get clients without a name. Small things depend on it, like a domain for a website, a social media presence, business cards. You know, all those things that MAKE a business a business.
So Internets, I turn to you. Help me create a business identity. Below is a poll with some suggestions people have given me. I’m partial to “Shiny Consulting” as I believe it gives a positive professional vibe while satisfying my inner geek with a shout out to Firefly. Almost no one will get it, but it gives me a little bit of pleasure.