Maxine Free, author of the book, Turkey Neck and Humped Backs: How Our Mobile Devices are Aging Us, presented for 1 Million Cups Syracuse at Syracuse CoWorks.
What was holding you back from being an entrepreneur?
Honestly I've always wanted to be a writer, but I found every excuse in the book not to take my writing seriously. The big hurdle was money - how do I pay the mortgage, bills and be comfortable enough to write? So Turkey Neck and Humped Backs: How Our Mobile Devices are Aging Us came to me through observation of so many people on their mobile devices. I convinced myself that this was an important message that needs to get out there, and if I didn't do it, somebody else would eventually write this book. So I quit my job and started the research on how to develop a business and a life as a writer.
What was your worst entrepreneurial moment? How did you gain clarity and know what steps to do next?
My worst moment was just recently - April 15, 2015 the day I filed my taxes. I dreaded this day because I dread keeping my books and quite frankly, it was all one big mess. I have a big tax bill I am now paying off and was given the advice from my accountant to "place 50% of all earnings aside for Uncle Sam". I'm also forcing myself to develop a book keeping system that works for me.
What did you get out of today's 1MC?
1MC is a wonderful, safe place to be vulnerable and admit that you really don't know what the heck you're doing. Reading about a business plan and writing out a business plan are one thing, but implementing that plan is another ball of wax altogether! That's where you get the bumps, the bruises, fall down and have to pick yourself up somehow. 1MC is a place to ask for help.
How can someone reading this help you?
I would love to talk to another writer that has somehow figured out how to straddle the introverted world of writing and the extrovert, get out there and sell yourself world - and not fall and get lost in the cracks.