Deciding to work for yourself is often cited as the best decision folks in our community have made. Hearing the same response over and over led us to ask them about the next best decision folks have made and we’ve shared their responses with you below.

Tracy Campbell-Himes | Tattoo Artist & Creator of Atomik Cupcake Designs

I think that one of the most important decisions that any creative (or person in general) can make is to just keep going. Keep going. When success doesn’t happen overnight and you have to work multiple jobs to pay your bills, keep going. When you haven’t sold even one of the prints that you created over a month ago and you feel like a failure, keep going. When friends or family don’t take your business endeavor seriously and refer to it as your ‘hobby,’ keep going. Ignore the little voice in your head that asks if you’re doing the right thing, the one that convinces you that you’re wasting time that you could be using working a ‘real job,’ the one that reminds you there are hundreds of other people doing the same thing you’re doing but better, and just. Keep. Going. Keep making progress, keep honing in on your craft and your skills, and keep striving towards your goals. Read more>>

George D. Williams | Autism Author and Speaker

After finishing graduate school, I moved across country at age 25. I had worked full time (graveyard shift) while working on my masters degree. I needed a change of scenery and wanted a fresh start. I left Richmond, Virginia and moved to Denver, CO. I lived at the YMCA for the first 6 months after coming to Colorado. I didn’t have any job prospects or know anyone at the time, but decided to follow my heart, I didn’t want to live with the regret of not trying and have it hanging over my head for the rest of my life. I grew so much as a result of that experience. Things did work out and I think of that single decision quite often when faced with challenges today. The greatest personal lesson for me is we must take action when opportunities come our way. Life doesn’t offer us a guarantee and trusting our instincts is vital to success. Read more>>

Desiree Grimaldi | The Inner Mind Marketer & CEO

When I decided to work for myself I knew that there would always be room for improvement and in Digital Marketing things change from daily. The single most important thing I did was find an amazing mentor. I was scared to commit to such a large fee being a start-up but I knew I needed to invest in myself if I expected others to invest in me. Read more>>