Today marks a big chapter for Simplex. May not seem big to most, but I was finally able to set up business accounts for all of the team members here at Simplex Minds.
I've been talking about it to the team for months. Every meeting I bring it up and say that I'm working on it. It kept feeling like a cycle.
The main thing I wanted to do was make sure these expenses were separate from my personal finances so I needed a business banking account. Come tax season, I'd rather have it be as clean as possible. I feel like it's going to be a hassle to separate out my business expenses during tax season so I didn't want to add more to it.
Considering that, I had to file Simplex Minds as an LLC, submit a Statement of Information, and apply for EIN in order to legitimize Simplex Minds as a business.
That was really scary considering I have never done anything like this before. I was a photographer/videographer for my whole career. Paperwork like this was so foreign to me.
But, I got it done. Did some research on best banks to work with for small businesses and last week opened up a business checkings account. Today, my debit card came in and I was able to transfer payments to that account and finally was able to deliver on that promise I made to the team.
It may not seem big to most. Shit, this is just the beginning of a long journey. I'm learning as we go. This is huge to me. Simplex Minds is a legitimate company now. I knew that we would have to get to this moment eventually, but it all felt so far away. Like it just felt like "a problem for future Troy". But, I got it done. It was a problem for past Troy, that was figured out and solved.
The dope thing now that we have business emails for the team members is that they can now do outreach. We have maintained our content to ourselves these past couple of years. We find a person we think is dope and we write about them. Now, we have the ability to reach out to these people with an @simplexminds.com email and they can view the team's credibility.
There's legitimacy to their cold emails now.
These past couple of years we have been building up this site with pieces. Now, we have the ability to reap the benefits of our work and try to connect to those that we look up to.
You can't tell me that there's no difference from getting an email that ends with @gmail.com or one that ends with an @company.com. There's more legitimacy behind the company email and you'd be more willing to speak to the @company.com email than the generic @gmail.com.
All in all, I'm just hyped for this chapter that is going to begin with Simplex Minds. We have been keeping to our bubble, but now we can expand out and see who out there wants to collaborate. A lot of doors will be opening up and I'm excited to see what happens.
Time to take advantage of everything we have done these past couple of years. I'm hella excited to see what we can do in this next chapter.