I was upset last night. I’ve started to do some free advertising (Instagram, Facebook, Path) to recruit sellers for my online marketplace and I’ve announced that the sellers can find us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was so excited that the website was underway and I was getting closer to my biggest dream, excited with the tremendous supports given by my families, friends, and even my colleagues in my current employer (yeah, I’m still working for someone else’s corporate too), until my sister in law texted me and she said that her friend could not send e-mail to that mailing group!
I instantly knew that I made mistake on the permission setting and I thought that I could easily fix it. I logged in to my domain administration account but then I was confused.
What did I do wrong?
What should I do to fix this?
So there I googled to search for some clues and it was super annoying that the given guideline was no longer matching with the latest version of the mailing service I use! I clicked here and there, I finally found the setting I was looking for!
The first trial, I told myself, “Oh well, this is easy.” I logged in to my personal Yahoo mail account and sent a testing e-mail to that mailing group… but it bounced back!
I googled again… it appeared that there was one separated setting that I should change. I changed it and sent a second trial e-mail… and it bounced back again! I rechecked everything, one by one, until I realized I missed clicking one button!
Alright, here we go… the third trial… and the e-mail didn’t bounce back to my Yahoo mail! I finally nailed it! But… wait. The e-mail was sent from my Yahoo mail, but I can’t seem to find it in my thelenstory.com inbox!
I refreshed my browser, over and over again, but still, the e-mail was not coming!
At this point, I was super upset to myself. If the same thing happens in my corporate job, I can just text IT Helpdesk and they will fix it right away. This kind of issue may never ever happen in my corporate job anyway. I can ask IT team to prepare the mailing group and they will get it done with no issue like this in the first place!
Can’t you see? My current corporate job is actually comforting!
Have a connection problem? Go to IT team.
Have a legal confusion? Consult with Legal team.
Tax administration? Let the Finance team handles everything (you have no idea how irritating it could be!).
Running out of money? Send e-mail to your HQ or regional office asking (or a bit of begging) for more funding, hehehehe.
But seriously, running a business is like “running” from your comfort zone. Unless you are very well funded, building a new company will push you to learn all the little things at work. You will have to roll up your sleeves even higher than your old corporate job!
Back to my group e-mail problem… how did it end? I finally realized that I hadn’t registered myself as the member of that mailing group! That’s why I didn’t receive the e-mail in my inbox, hehehe.
Having said that my old corporate job was comforting, running my own business is way more challenging to me. Yes it makes me have to touch the ground, but if you see it from another perspective, it actually makes me learn a lot of new things about building a company from the scratch. Until someday, this little scratch; this start-up, is going to be my very own corporate job.