What a year! That’s all I can say about 2016, and I don’t mean it in a positive, enthusiastic way. I worked harder, yet earned less than I did in the prior two years, and the hard work was rarely enjoyable.
As I reflect upon the year’s events, I suspect that we netted at least $500,000 less than we should have. This number includes about $250,000 in human-related payments (salary, bonuses, consulting/coaching fees), and at least $250,000 in opportunity costs (missed deadlines, execution fuckups, etc.).
Before I jump into the mistakes, a very brief primer on my business and the state of it: