Hey boss babe, do you daydream about leaving your job and going all in on your side hustle?
Maybe its a clothing company, your blog, or your e-commerce store, but you have a burning desire to turn your passion into your career?
Or maybe you don't know what it is you want to be doing, but you're ready to try something new and be your own boss?
As someone who took that leap at 24 from working a 9-5 desk job, to now co-operating a production company and merchandise business with my fiancé, and being a blogger/content creator, I've had some time to think about that transition and some advice for you boss babes out there wanting to make a similar transition.
Quitting your day job and leaping into your own business or freelance work is not an easy move. However if it's right for you, then let me tell you, the result is extremely rewarding.
Is taking the leap right for you?
Everyone is different, and I believe everyone's natural instincts and capabilities are perfect for us and for our purpose.
We need people who have the big ideas, and we need people who can take those ideas and execute on them to turn them into a reality.
For example, do you think Elon Musk or Bill Gates created their huge empires by doing everything by themselves? Maybe in the beginning it was a one man show, but somewhere along the way they realized that they need help from people who can carry out their goals and ideas.
Which one are you?
Are you someone with big ideas, who knows what they want, and has a passion or desire for doing something you love? You want to make huge waves of impact, and change the world in some small or humongous way?
If so, you're probably better off as a leader of your own company or someone who works for themselves, rather than to work for a company who might not value your ideas.
Or are you someone who would rather have a set schedule, go home to your family and not have to be thinking about work? You are happy to help bring someone else's vision to life, and you would rather be working behind the scenes than to be front and center?
Then you'd probably be better off as a support role for a company, or be the right hand woman for one of your friend's business.
There is no right or wrong way to live. We all have our own particular personalities, likes, skills, and individual zones of genius. The clearer we get on our preferences, the more closely we can align with our path and purpose.
I want to take the leap, but I'm scared I'll run out of money.
Working for yourself means that you're no longer guaranteed a salary, or a steady paycheck. Instead, you're on the hook for all the income you create, which can be a lot of pressure, but it can also unlock huge potential.
If you're still reading this, it probably means that you really want to have your own business. And having fears of starting something new is totally normal! Lets break down the fear of running out of money, or not having enough.
Side side hustles
Do you have skills that can earn you money while you are working towards your dreams?
For example, do you want to start a blog but have experience in graphic design? What if you take Fiverr gigs doing graphic design while you work on starting up a blog you can monetize?
Or if you want to start a brand new e-commerce brand, can you sell thrifted clothes on popular platforms like eBay until you get your merchandise manufactured and your brand gain popularity?
The safety cushion
If it makes you feel more secure before taking the leap, save up 3-6 months worth of expenses in the savings, or however long you would like to have or think it will take until you can live off your new career.
For example, if you think it will take you only 2 months to get up and running and making enough money on your new project to pay the bills, then make sure you have at least 2 months worth of expenses saved. If you think it will take you 5, save up for 5!
However, don't use this as an excuse to never go full time on your passions. Don't say you're going to wait til you have 1 year of expenses saved up but you're not even trying to save money. How bad do you want this? Do you want to work that dead end job forever? If not, you're going to have to get a little uncomfortable.
Sometimes it's good to have that a little bit of pressure. Remember, pressure makes diamonds, boss babe!
If sh*t hits the fan
If you're still nervous about not having enough money, do you have a plan Z? That's for like, worst case scenario since, you know, our mind is going to go there at some point. If you lost everything, how bad would it really be? Do you have anyone you can call for help? Do you have an emergency fund or retirement savings? Will you survive?
My motto is that everything is figure outable. If I ever lost everything I had and had to start from zero, I am confident that I can learn the lessons, pick myself back up, and get back on track or better than I was before.
Not to say that you should use your retirement savings, or ask your friends and family for money all the time, but this is just to ease those worst case scenarios that might play out in your mind to try to keep you from doing anything scary. Because it might not be as bad as you think it would be, and that you do have options.
5 Tips on taking the leap
If you've decided that working for yourself is the right path for you, then you're already halfway there! The next part is just getting the courage to actually do it. It's a big life shift so of course it might feel a little scary, and that is totally normal!
Everything you want is on the other side of fear
Here are 5 tips that will help you get through that fear and go towards that life you've been dreaming about!
1. Lean on faith
Having faith is an important step to being courageous.
It could just mean having faith in yourself and trusting that you will overcome any obstacles, and figure things out, and work hard until you get there.
It could mean having faith in your intuition, in God, in the Universe, in Source, in angels. Whatever you believe in, lean on that.
When I decided to take the leap and go from 9-5 to freelance work, I had zero safety cushion, and zero plans. I just had radical faith that I was going to be okay and that this is the right path for me.
2. Do it for yourself
If at first, people closest to you don't understand or support you, that's okay! They don't have to be. You don't need permission from anyone to start living a life that you love.
Be confident in your choices, and know what you're doing and why. So when people your family starts questioning what you're doing, they won't have you second guessing yourself.
Your own expectations can sometimes block you from receiving what you want in ways you didn't think of. Surrender to what happens, however it wants to happen.
Just set the intention that you are living out your best life possible. And let that shit come to you. Don't be stubborn about something looking a certain way.
Follow your instincts, your gut, your intuition, whatever you wanna call it. Follow that!
That is what will guide you toward making the right next move for yourself, and your business. When you start something new, you're not going to have everything all figured out, that's impossible.
But when you get still, and detach from the everyday life, answers start coming to you. Your next steps will become clear.
It's important to make time for stillness when you are an entrepreneur so you can hear your intuition clearly. Start a meditation or journaling routine for 5-10 mins at night or in the morning.
5. Welcome change
Change is just a part of life. It's a part of nature. Seasons change, planets orbit, life always goes on.
But when we get into the same old routines and habits, we get used to not having change. We become afraid of it.
But really, change can be exciting! Like, an adventure, where you don't know what's in store for you around the corner, but maybe some really dope opportunities that will change your life for the better!
Not everyone is cut out to be their own boss. But if the thought has crossed your mind multiple times or you have a deep desire of running your own business, then it's probably there for a reason!
Your services might be the answer to someone else's prayers, so it would be a disservice not to provide that to the world.
Remember, the world needs what you carry. And what is on your heart is there for a reason.
Now go out there and shine your light, sister! We need you!
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