Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A bit of a lull

We all know life is not fair.

It's a given.

I'd heard it said once that "Life is a series of ups and downs with brief interludes of happiness." I'm not sure I entirely agree with this statement. My life seems to be pretty good most days - more good than bad and there's something to be said for that.

This week my life, or at least my spirit, seems to be in a bit of a downward lull. I went back to re-read about Jeremiah's Job Search because it spoke to me about the feelings one can experience when one's ways and means are disrupted.

Several months ago I posted much on the role money plays in our lives and how not having enough of it tends to put me for one, into a bit of a depressed state.

So, I went out, worked my butt off and made a bunch of money.

It felt great.

The bills got paid, I got to eat, I even had a little fun along the way.

This week I'm broke.

Not just without money, I mean broke.

I couldn't understand it. I'd gone out and made all this money - I even feel the right kind of "warn out" as a result of working hard.

I have no money.


Well, when I asked myself THAT question, I started to dig for an answer, and an answer I did find!

There appear to be a great number of invoices due me, still outstanding. One even from a Stampede party done on the second week in July! The grand total of these invoices is equivalent to about one month's operational expenses. By that I mean one month of operating my business AND my house AND my personal expenses.

My little business is nothing really to brag about, but THAT is a lot of money! After all, I live in affluent Calgary. It's not cheap to live here. I had a friend move from Calgary to somewhere in nowheresville Saskatchewan because of the simple fact she couldn't afford to live and operate a business here.

Of course, this is going to be a short-term little thorn in my side and things will look better in a few days (hopefully) but it sure is unsettling.

Ah, the joys of being an entrepreneur!


Anvilcloud said...

That would drive me crazy, but, on the whole, it seems to work pretty well for you.

Sarah Elaine said...

You got yourself "un-broke" once, so now you know you can do it. Now all you have to do is press re-wind and do it again.

Badoozie said...

so, i wonder why those people did not pay their bills. it is that someone didn't pay the bill, right?

oshee said...

It has to be frustrating to have outstanding invoices like that. I hope it all gets cleared up quick.

Janice said...

Hi Dave,

Have you called to remind them of this bill? Or send an invoice statement? This is rough spot in being your own boss, it means being the bill collector too.

I hope they pay it soon.

We got into a spot of trouble when our radiator blew, and then we couldn't get our hood open to see the damage. So we had two things to get fixed, one thing would be fine, but two? It cost us plenty, and I had to borrow a couple hundred from my parents that I hated doing, but didn't feel I had a choice about. But it's a short loan just till this thursday, and we'll pay them back.

I'm sure you'll be back on your feet soon, just jang in there.


cathouse teri said...

I'm never anything but broke! But I live this way on purpose :)

I tell the men that I date right off the bat, "I'm financially retarded." For some reason, they never believe me.

Keep up the good work. Yes, being an entrepreneur has it's high points and low points. But I'm guessing you'd rather have to deal with this than work for someone else.

Miss 1999 said...

I COMPLETELY understand what you're going through. My family owned a business for 7 years, for years we thrived, then literally, it seems like overnight, we were broke. It can be mindboggling- but you CAN get it back :0)

sare said...

Ooooooooooooh man, it sucks that money is such an integral part of life - a necessary evil. Just gotta roll with the punches I guess!
Too bad it doesn't grow on trees, heh?

Chrystal said...

My husband and I are starting a business; however, we have my income that we live off of currently and we do just fine. Hearing what it is like to solely rely on the income from a small business makes me even more grateful that we won't have to depend on it for food and bills.
Keep the faith Dave....it'll bounce back :)

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