The Dream vs. The Reality

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to own my own business.  I spent much of my life dreaming of having the ability to live my life on my own terms.  That meant choosing my own career path, setting my own hours, and making a difference in the world with my analytical skills that I refined through several years of education.  However, this entrepreneurial journey hasn’t exactly lived up to my expectations.

Currently, I am in the process of running two businesses: Ministerial Life and Steps Toward Change Research Group.  In the few months since they were launched, my two businesses have experienced varying levels of success.  It has always been clear to me that operating Ministerial Life would be a challenge.  After all, it is a blog and blogs are very difficult to monetize.  In contrast, I had great expectations for Steps Toward Change Research Group.

I should have known that my expectations for Steps Toward Change Research Group were too high.  Since I had managed to secure my first contract within days of receiving my LLC paperwork, I assumed that things would always be that effortless.  I was wrong.  Getting contracts is difficult–especially from people within my personal network where people assume I should be doing their work pro bono as a favor.  Unfortunately, no startup business can afford for its first clients to be pro bono.  While I am grateful for my one active contract, the reality is that I will need a few more in order to make this business my full-time job.

In spite of it all, I still haven’t given up on my dream.  If anything, I have become more inspired.  Nothing worth doing is easy.  Nonetheless, I do hope things turn around soon since inspiration alone cannot pay the bills.

About Spencer

Spencer T. Clayton is the founder of Steps Toward Change Research Group, LLC. He is a graduate of Yale University and a current student at Rutgers University where his research concentration is the structure and strategy of faith-based organizations. When he is not busy running his consulting group, he works as an Executive Pastor, freelance writer, and blogger on his personal website Ministerial Life.

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