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How to Start a Side Project Without Quitting Your Day Job (Pam Slim)

pam-slim-esape-from-cubicle-nationPam Slim is the queen of corporate -> self employed.  She wrote the book Escape From Cubicle Nation and I’ve followed her blog for years.

Check out her article on lifehacker: How to Start a Side Project Without Quitting Your Day Job

Of her five tips, my favorite is this: Don’t over-complicate it

I’m sure she has seen this way to many times (I have).  People who want to create some revenue but they get hung up on:

- business planning

- raising money (when it usually isn’t time to raise money

- fear

- complexity of the startup,

- ????

I tend to get overwhelmed with projects.  When I was finishing my basement it came time to paint the walls and ceiling.  This was a big project and I was putting it off for too long.  Then, one day, I opened the can, stirred the paint, dipped my roller, and put up the first roll of paint.  And the rest happened from there.

Sometimes we just need to START with that first roll, even if everything else isn’t ready.

Knock on the first door, make the first call, write the first blog post… but GET STARTED.

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