Well, they weren’t grumpy, but they were old. I had my first meeting with 2 counselors from SCORE today. No, SCORE isn’t a trained group of ninja assassins (I think). Well, they may be, but that is besides the point. SCORE is a non-profit group of business entrepreneurs that helps startup and fledgling businesses get on the right track and minimize failure. I requested a meeting to see if I was on the right track with what I was doing. Basically, (and usually gently, though not always), they more or less told me to pull back, start slow, and make a hell of a lot of friends. The RIGHT friends. And FOCUS. I did confess to them at times I felt like I was running all over the place trying to get things done.
They told me I had to work not just hard, but smart. I have to avoid burnout. I need to do a few things at first, and do them right. They told me to focus less on the internet and more on developing relationships through speaking and word of mouth. I did tell them I was meeting as many people I could. They told me that I didn’t need to do that, I had to meet the RIGHT people. The ones that PAY. And to FOCUS. Find out what makes money for what I do, who has the money, and where. And show up to functions. Get to know the customers. Network. They said I cannot call myself a real business until I get at least 3 clients. Until then, I was just me. A guy. Well, fair enough, that was understood.
They said I need to focus on getting a real paying job first, so I can take care of myself and my family. I told them I was going to be at 2 job fairs in the next 2 weeks, as well as putting in resumes all over the bay area. That seemed to placate them. For about 5 seconds! But truthfully, it was very informative. These fellows wanted to help. It was an hour conversation I will use. Once in a while an artist needs an occasional mental wrastlin’ match to stay on target. And in a few weeks or a month, when I get some more experience under my belt, and I need another batch of helpful curmudgeony goodness – I will make the SCORE pilgrimage again.