My First Day as an Entrepreneur

Good morning everyone! Today is is an exciting day for me. It’s my first day on my new job of working for myself. I can already see that there is a big difference in working for a boss and being the boss. Another thing that strikes me about my first day on the job is how different certain things are from my previous job.  I’m getting the feeling that maybe I have been missing out on some benefits. Am I totally off base or could this be true?

New Org Chart

My Company Org Chart

Let’s get one thing straight. I’m in charge.

New Office Staff

New Office Staff

I love the people I worked with at my previous job, but not nearly as much as my better half/bookkeeper.

New Office Space

Office Space

This is pretty much where world domination will occur.

New Company Switchboard

The Company Switchboard, aka iPhone

I challenge anyone to show me a better solution.

New Commute

Office Commute

Traffic consists of the ottoman and any clothes or objects dropped on the carpet.

New Accounting Department


I’ve been using QuickBooks for years and love it.

New Server

Intel Processor

  • Intel 3210 Processor – Quad Core
  • 4GB Ram
  • 2 x 500GB HDD SATA
  • Raid Card (Raid 1)
  • CentOS 5.x 64bit – cPanel/WHM with Fantastico
  • 2000GB Bandwidth
  • 5 IPs
  • Fully Managed

Stare at those stats for a second… Yeah. It’s all good. I stumbled onto a dedicated server about a month ago and will be writing more about this subject later. Not having a good dedicated box had been holding back my business back more than I had realized.

New Smoking Policy

Smoking Policy

Nuff said.

New Bandwidth Usage Policy

New Bandwidth Usage Policy - Pandora

If I had a boss, trust me, I wouldn’t be able to hear him. It’s going to be loud. I mean loud, brother.

New Company Car

Company Vehicle

I like the black one.

New Coffee Maker

Coffee Maker - The Starbucks near my Office

Don’t even think about becoming the Foursquare mayor of this joint.

New Dress Code

Company Dress Code

I don’t wear pajamas.

New Salary

No complaints so far :)

Emory Rowland

I'm editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire, fanatical social media blogger and builder of Internet things from way back. My love for social media and success with organic search led me to start my own consulting company. Apart from the Internet, I could be considered pretty worthless. More...


  1. ScottW

    All I can say Emory is: You beat me to it! Yes, I’m headed in the same general direction as yourself. Different time-line obviously, but headed there none the less.

    Congrats on the new office policies, location, commute and choice of secretary (figured that one would be a no-brainer or be brained).

    You’ll have to tell me what led to this one day. Would love to know what inspired you. Tell your lovely wife hello for us will you? Hope to see you guys again one day soon!

    • Emory Rowland

      Hey Scott, thanks, that’s good to hear. You’ve definitely got it in you. Yeah, we need to catch up. I got you covered on the pizza when you make the trip to Atlanta!

  2. ScottW

    Sounds like a plan! Donna is covered up with classes atm so as soon as we can work up a 3-day’er, we just might take you up on it. ;)

  3. Congratulations, Emory. I see you have already set up a comprehensive list of office policies and established a dress code (What, no pajamas?). This might help you further refine your dress code… I can’t help but notice that you have also overlooked a few crucial policies, so this primer might also be useful…

    Now, I do have a confession. I never thought of getting a pretty lady in a bikini to float in the pool while I work. Hmmm, on second thought, I might not work if I did!

  4. Emory Rowland

    David, you have really thought this whole thing through. Office humor is not optional, it is mandatory.

    Getting permission from my wife to post the bikini pic was actually a test of my sales skills–can’t believe she let me do that.

  5. James


  6. Angela

    Hey Emory!
    I knew it wouldn’t be long before you were here!! So happy for you and the family :)

    Will catch up this week, if you are no too busy…

    All the best,

  7. funny take on a serious topic! congrats Emory…..and just a reminder that long, tiring, patient work can bring it’s rewards, eh!



  8. Brian Kevin Johnston

    Congratulations! Keep the faith… You are truly never free until you work for yourself… Best, Brian-

  9. What a great chuckle for the day! As an aspiring entreprenuer, I love to read about other success stories..but this one with the humor behind the success makes it even better! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. ENTREPRENEUR..Yes, aspiring I am! However, guess I need to make sure I spell it correctly next time I comment! HA! Got to laugh at ourselves, it is the humor that keeps us going! Best of luck to you Emory!

  11. Nette

    Love it! You are so cute and clever:) You know I love your coffee maker. Good luck in your new career. Hugs!

  12. Scott

    Emory – Good luck in your new gig. I don’t have much to say other than I love this post.

  13. Congrats – have added my vote to a few others on Stumbleupon, and bookmarked this site on delicious (thought I had done so before). Will give you an Alexa review too, since I seem to be in the habit of writing those recently :(

  14. Stanman

    Life is Good. Like the new company car man and I bet the new server rocks the house. Congrats, congrats…

  15. Emory Rowland

    Friends, thanks very much for encouraging me on this journey. You’ve inspired me to report back to you here on what I learn along the way.

  16. Biz2Biz NWA

    Congratulations! So you’ve gathered all the periphery associated with starting out on your own, but I was hoping to see your closet of hats: CEO, CFO, COO, CSO, HR, Marketing Director, Sales Director, Chief Engineer, Lawyer, Accountant, Bookeepper, IT, Clerk, Receptionist, Event Planner, Networker, Proofreader, Customer Service Rep, Buyer, PR Pro, Education and Training Coordinator, and Janitor!

  17. HART (1-800-HART)

    Looks like an organizational chart close to me heart … well, except for Starbucks – replaced with Tim Hortons.

  18. Keith Hanks


    Congrats and for the record, this is one of the best blog posts I’ve ever seen!

  19. Emory Rowland

    Good to hear from you, Keith!

  20. Great policies, I particularly like the new bandwidth usage policy! Yeah, crank up that POD radio til the old boss thinks, “what’s that strange new tune i keep hearing?”

  21. inkodeR

    Hey Emory, never commented on your blog before but seen you round – digg etc. Nicely done. Not sure how I ended up here but the other day when I read this post was a final straw for me… after sitting on the fence for some time I’ve decided to follow in your footsteps. I start as boss in three months and can’t wait :) Congrats and hope its working out for you.

    • Emory Rowland

      Congratulations to you inkodeR and thanks! I am very glad to hear that you are taking the bold step into entrepreneurship. I’m having a blast, learning and growing my business. The only regret I have is not doing it sooner. Good luck and keep in touch and maybe we can compare notes.

  22. Bill Lawrence

    Happy for you dude! Keep up the good work

  23. This post really cracked me up. Its funny ’cause its so true in the sense that so many people just feel exactly the same way as you do (minus the humor). I, too, have started up my own website to work on my own service ( and I gotta say, I feel very much the same as you do, haha. Anyways, I am glad for people like you who take the initiative to prosper on your own and well, yeah I respect that. Good job!

    • Emory Rowland

      Appreciate the comment, so you know what I mean eh? I hope you do well with your new venture!

  24. HAHA the company car! LOL. That is the WAY to do it! This just shows to everybody the amount of constriction is set on you when working for others. You gotta follow the rules they set and be the person they want you to be. All I gotta say is GOOD FOR YOU man! people ought to understand the freedom they’re missing out on.

  25. Sounds like you are living the dream there ey? I really think more people should take that kindof initiative and live their lives according to themselves and no one else. Great stuff buddy and keep rockin your own world!

  26. Randy

    Hahaha awesome man! Would love to be my own boss…

  27. Lucas

    Can I rent one of the company cars? :P

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