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Running a Business as a Sole Proprietor

Hmmm. The interesting part of running a business is separating myself as a person / sole proprietor from the business.

Have you heard the phrase? “It’s not personal; it’s just business.” Well, women entrepreneurs tend not to have this gene. Artists, especially, have a difficult separation from the emotional and the business aspects of running a company as a sole proprietor.

Case in point: As a self-employed person (titled business A), I’ve requested technical service help (from business B) for my business. However, I need more service help from another person (business C) before I can get what I need (from business B). Bottom line: I prepaid for something that I will not receive from business B and need a refund.

Sounds logical? It wasn’t. It became personal, and I needed the resolution that my work vacation gave me to ask for the refund.

It’s not personal; it’s just business. Exactly. However, it didn’t occur to me that business B was not going to offer a refund. It’s my task to request it. Meanwhile, whatever warranty or expiration date of receiving a refund was not going to get answered by my email requests, unless I took the time to formally request the funds back as a person, leaving the rejected service emotional toil outside of my personal self and respond as a business owner.

It’s not a man vs. woman thing. It’s not a personal rejection thing. It’s business THANG whether you’re a sole proprietor or running a Fortune 500 company.

I’ll post if I got the refund. Laughingly, that’s not the point. What? Money is not the point?

No. The bottom line of this point is this: It’s not personal; it’s just business.

Kim

 
 

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