This year has been unlike any in my life and surely one that I will never forget. COVID changed life for everyone around the world, some were ready more than others, but this year has been a big wake up call for me personally.
Prior to the pandemic, my main business, Seat Insiders, was on pace for a record year. We are a sports and live event ticket agency for individuals and companies. When the NBA and NCAA shut down we knew this year was going to be tough, but looking back at it, we’re incredibly proud of how we handled this chaotic period.
To date, we’ve refunded more than $250,000 in orders for canceled events. Since April I haven’t been able to take a paycheck as a result of our industry shutting down. With revenue down and no sign of recovery, we’ve put the business on hold, but we’re fortunate to be able to survive and be around long term for our clients.
Many in the sports and live event industry are struggling and until vaccines are approved and widely distributed, I’m not sure things will get better for a while. Even though this year has been tough financially and emotionally, I still have a lot to be thankful for.
Here are just a few things I am thankful for this year:
Health: Nobody in my family has caught COVID so far. I’ve had some close calls, but overall I’m incredibly thankful to be healthy this year. I’m also thankful for the scientists and healthcare workers fighting to end this pandemic and with 3 potential vaccines having positive results in the past month, I’ve never been more optimistic about the future.
Money: This year has been tough financially losing a major source of income, but I was prepared. As a self-employed business owner, you have to be ready for downturns and changes to your plans. Prior to the pandemic, I had already saved a 2-year emergency fund and I’m so thankful I did. I’ve also used the downtime to research and create new forms of passive income through advanced stock investment strategies, new side hustles, and I’ve learned a ton about real estate investing. My years of coaching people on their finances have finally paid off and I was more prepared than I ever realized.
New Puppy: My partner and I had planned on getting a dog in 2020, and we seemed to have timed it perfectly for COVID. We picked Leo up the same week most states started to shut down, and having a puppy during this stressful time made everything better. Leo has brought a lot of joy and fun into our house and we’re incredibly thankful to have him in our lives.
While this year was challenging on so many levels, I’ve always remained optimistic and positive despite the setbacks. To be a successful entrepreneur you have to have this mindset, or you’ll burn out and give up. It’s been a really tough year for everyone no matter what your situation is, but today, let’s take some time to reflect and give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!
2021 is right around the corner. Right now I’m helping clients create their money goals and plans for next year, but it’s not too late for you.
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