From time to time I’m going to be re-posting some of my favorite posts from the old SportsLizard Entrepreneur Blog that preceded Adam-McFarland.net. I was fresh out of academia and in the process of leaving corporate America. This was the true start-up phase for myself, my sites, and later Pure Adapt. Nothing I write now will quite capture the excitement, doubt, frustration, and passion that is such a part of entrepreneurship in the same way as those 296 posts do.
This particular post was originally written on 12/10/2005, the day after I decided to quit my job. I mention in the post about how my flight was delayed 13 hours on Friday. I intended to go home and work on SportsLizard all weekend long. Instead I was too worn out to do anything. What I didn’t mention was that while I was stuck in that airport in Jackson, Mississippi I had one white 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper that I used to plot my escape from corporate America. It started as an exercise – I was so pissed that I figured it would be therapeutic to brainstorm what it would take to hypothetically quit my job. It ended with me realizing that I totally could quit, should quit, and would quit. I did all of this while siting next to one of my co-workers. I was listening to my iPod and didn’t really care if he noticed or not. He didn’t.
It’s hard enough trying to run my business while working a full time job. Coming home at 5:30 after a stressful 9 hour day doesn’t exactly put me in the perfect working mindset. That’s tough, but I am beginning to discover that it’s nothing compared to when I have to travel.
My job doesn’t require a ton of travel, but like most corporate jobs these days I am working with people across the world and sometimes I have to work with them in person. In my first year of working out of college I have traveled about 10 times. Not a ton, but not insignificant either.
There are some good things about traveling – mainly that I get out of the office and that I can read whatever I want when I am on the plane. For whatever reason, I tend to come up with some of my best ideas when I am flying. Nonetheless, the bad things about business travel far outweighs the good.
When I travel, I generally spend all day working or eating with people from work, leaving no time at all to work on SportsLizard.com. When I do finally get back to my hotel, I am worn out. All that I have time for is checking my email. Nothing gets done except the bare minimum. And the trip totally messes up my week. The night before I leave I spend packing and the day after I am still getting adjusted to being back. Business travel completely kills my productivity.
This week took it to another level. I was supposed to return on Friday by noon and have the rest of the day off. Thanks to delays and cancellations, I didn’t get home until 1 AM! Talk about wasted time. Today I hardly got anything done because I was catching up on sleep. It drives me nuts.
Working 45 hours and running a business on the side is one thing. Traveling across the country and trying to run a business on the side is another.