Vacationless December, jumbled thoughts and more Jobs

Happy Tuesday folks, hope things are going well and welcome to another solopreneur blog update. Let’s jump right on in:

My last week(s) in business

Things are getting more exciting with Visto as we are nearing the testing phase of our tech platform. Our target date to begin testing is December 15, with a target launch date of January 15.

Now from what I understand, no tech team ever launches on time…

But the guys tell me we are on-target and I’m planning to help them test starting on the 15th. I’ve never done a full testing phase (or as they call it, “QA” – quality assurance) on a custom webapp, so I’m excited and anxious all at the same time.

Timing also couldn’t be better (or worse?) because things tend to slow right down in recruitment and immigration during the holidays, so it’s a great time to hunker down, test some tech and be ready to launch in the new year!

What I’m thinking about

A lot of stuff. I usually focus this segment on 1 topic, but because of all the moving pieces right now, it’s been a jumble.

A jumble of:

– figuring out pricing for tech products that have never existed before (short answer: test)

– planning for a move – so many moving pieces (see what I did there?), I’m surprised there isn’t an “all-in-one” moving company that offers moving, cleaning, selling old furniture, etc. all for 1 price

– holidays – how do you treat them as an solopreneur? Normally I take them off and go somewhere warm, but my family isn’t going anywhere this year due to Covid, and I have tech testing to do so… maybe in Feb!

– personal brand building – I’ve been most active on tiktok where organic reach seems to be best, and I’m just finding video more fun than posting “businessy” stuff on LinkedIn. Oh and I’m almost at 28k followers, just sayin’…

What I’m Reading

Most of you know I finished Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, which I loved (for the 2nd time), and I’m now continuing down the Jobs rabbit hole by reading Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli.

I’ll give a full review when finished, but I love both these books for different reasons. The former is more of an over-arching story of Steve’s life and career, from A-Z, while the latter goes deep into one phase of his life – the time he spent away from Apple after being asked to leave.

Podcast Episode for the Week 

Had a great conversation with digital marketing specialist, coach and mastermind host Christopher Burns on episode 102 of my podcast about:

– How he built the life and career he wanted by shifting and narrowing down his focus
– Growing a new business by leveraging your network, social media and events
– The biggest struggles people face today in life/business and how we can prosper and live the life we want

And much more.

To give it a watch or listen, head over here.

Have an awesome week, feel free to share or forward this to anyone you think might enjoy reading my solopreneur blog and book recommendations, and keep grinding.

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