Written by: Anna Behning
May 10, 2022
I can’t take credit for the title. My friend and loyal client, John Rickgarn, contacted me this week about a podcast he’s starting called “Screw the W2.” It was good timing because I had already planned to blog about how to start your own business. Stayed tuned for details on when that podcast will release. For now, I’ll give you my best tips on how to “screw the W2” and become self employed.
Many of you may not know this about me. I graduated college with an accounting degree. Fresh out of college, I started a job as a cost accountant for a construction company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I planned to take the CPA exam and had all 150 college credits I needed, and then God said “ummmm no, Anna.”
I met my husband Josh on Bumble, yes, Bumble! I knew I was going to marry him on our second date, but after a year of long distance, I moved to Marshall, Minnesota and began working for a public accounting firm. I lasted a solid 6 months (ish) at this public accounting firm before deciding that God was calling me to be a photographer full time.
I know what you’re thinking… “How the heck did you go from ACCOUNTING to PHOTOGRAPHY??” Yes, it’s a pretty wild switch from a very logistical career to a very creative one. However, having a business and accounting background has set me up for success while running my photography business. Also, it should be noted that since high school I was already doing photography on the side, so it wasn’t completely out of the blue!
In my short 2 years of being gainfully employed, I learned a lot about business, management, and accounting, but I’ve learned even more during my time as a self entrepreneur.
Here are my best tips for starting a new business:
Now that my nerdy business brain has given you all my best tips on physically setting up your business, let’s talk about a few other things I would recommend.
I’d love to hear about your business. Shoot me an email at email@example.com if you have any other questions about leaving your W2 behind and starting a life of entrepreneurship! It’s the best and hardest thing you could ever do!
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