The First Year of Starting a Business

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A New Focus for ConnorGillivan.com

For the past 5 months or so, I have been creating content inspired from my past experiences as an entrepreneur. While I have been happy with the value of the content, I felt like something was missing.

If you didn’t already know, I am in the process of starting two new companies in 2016: eCommetize and FreeeUp.


eCommetize is a company that partners with high traffic niche websites or influential figures to build and grow the an eCommerce store. The company offers people the ability to generate extra revenue from an eCommerce store without having to worry about building and managing it.


FreeeUp is a company focused on connecting high quality online workers with eCommerce companies seeking to improve their operations and growth initiatives. The company recruits, interviews, and adds online workers to its network then pairs their skill sets with eCommerce businesses seeking corresponding work.

Both have been exhilarating experiences thus far and both have brought me back to the building blocks of starting a company from nothing.

The Question I Had to Ask

While thinking about how I could add the most value to my readers in the next year, I considered my current situation: managing a 5 year old eCommerce business, starting two new companies, and pursuing my passion for writing to the masses.

I asked myself,

How can I pull it all together to create a year long series that would capture attention and reveal the true life of an entrepreneur as they start a new company?

One day, it finally clicked!

People who are going to be reading my site and finding it through search engines are going to be interested in starting a business of their own. They may have an idea, but they will be lacking a guide for the first year of transforming their idea into a profitable business.

Moving Forward

Beginning with this column, ConnorGillivan.com content will be focused on painting the action steps that one can take to successfully start a business in its first year of existence. The first year of starting a business will become less complex and blurry with lessons based off of my experiences as an entrepreneur.

What You Can Expect

Over the next year, I’ll be giving you an uncensored look into my life as I build and begin to scale two new Internet businesses. Instead of simply providing stories from my experiences, I’ll be keeping each column focused on a particular action step that you should be taking as you build a business.

Most importantly, I’ll expose how the steps worked for me and where improvements can be made. As with any new venture, you are bound to run into obstacles where you will question your existence as an entrepreneur and the idea that you are working on. It is those times where experience, determination, and belief can push you through to the other side of the tunnel.

The End Goal

By the end of the year, my goal is to have over 100 columns that describe the action steps for the first year of starting a business. I will work towards making the more advanced topics easily understood by younger entrepreneurs and will be responsive to comments when made on new columns.

In the beginning of 2017, I’ll set time aside to put all of the columns and lessons together into my first book that will be published for the public to read and enjoy. It has always been a lifelong goal to write and publish a book. Given my time constraints, I figure that writing 1 new chapter topic each week will have to suffice 😉

Please Get Involved!

Everyone loves an entrepreneurial story.

The beauty of this one is that the end has yet to come. There’s bound to be ups and downs throughout the year revealing the true challenges of the first year of starting a business.

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About Connor Gillivan

He is the co-founder and CMO of EcomBalance , AccountsBalance, and Outsource School. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, and other leading publications online. He has scaled multiple companies to 7 and 8 figures per year. He was the co-founder of FreeUp, which was acquired in 2019 by The HOTH. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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Article Comments

  1. Murray Pervine

    March 1, 2016 5:35 am Reply

    Some truly excellent articles on this site, thankyou for contribution.

    • Connor Gillivan

      March 13, 2016 10:54 pm Reply

      Hey Murray. Thanks for the comment. Would love for you to join my email list. I send weekly content updates for you to stay in the loop with new columns.

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