Back when I was working in the corporate world, I day-dreamed of quitting my job and creating my own company. I knew I wasn’t cut out for the corporate grind forever. I wanted to travel, I wanted to have a family eventually, I wanted to work at 4 in the morning when I needed to, and take long lunches with girlfriends when I wanted to.
While still working 9 to 5, I started my own healthy eating blog and it became successful pretty quickly. I wasn’t earning enough money to replace my salary, but I loved the freedom of getting to make every major decision, as well as choose every little detail. It was a taste of what I wanted full-time, but the reality was I was working night and day, and I knew I couldn’t do both forever.
I tossed and turned for nearly a year over whether or not I was ready to quit my job, run my own business, and be a success as my own boss. During that time, other women started coming to me, asking how I made my blog so popular, and looking for help doing the same with theirs.
What I realized was that I loved the process of coaching these women, plus the satisfaction from knowing I was making a difference in their lives. Moreover, I realized my true passion and calling was coaching, not blogging.
Shortly after, I quit my day job, hired a business coach, and went all in on my business. It’s been a completely thrilling ride since then.
If you had told me back while I was tossing and turning that in my first full year of business, I would travel once per month to places all over the world, earn over 6 figures, and create a beautiful, unique coaching business where I couldn’t wait to start working each day, I wouldn’t have believed you.
If you want to make your dream job a reality too, here’s how to get started.
1. Decide what you really want to do with your career. Is your current job making the the impact you desire? Are you satisfied reporting to others or are you ready to call all of the shots? What do you want to be doing in 10 years? How about in 5?
2. Get really clear on what your business model is. What kind of products or services will you offer? How are you going to make money? Once you have smart strategies in place, you’ll be amazed by how successful you can be in business for yourself.
3. Start your business now. Don’t wait to start getting clients. Start telling as many people as possible about your business, including by blogging and posting on social media. Develop your products, perfect your brand, and build a team to support you. Now, while you still have a steady gig, is the time to get moving.
4. Make meaningful connections, including with success coaches. My business coach was instrumental in providing clarity around the fact that coaching was what I really loved doing. At the time, making such a huge shift seemed daunting, but a couple of friends who own their own companies helped me work through that and I wouldn’t be where I am today without any of them.
5. Get over the fear that’s holding you back. During that tossing and turning, working two jobs phase, I had every negative thought about money, my resume, and myself before I made the leap from the corporate ladder. Looking back, I know those fears were holding me back, but not one of them was accurate.
6. Make a plan for replacing your current salary completely, and factor in how much of a support team and infrastructure you’ll need.
Once you have all of these basic building blocks of a business in place, like a website, budget projections, clients, and an actionable business model, you’ll feel confident that you have what it takes to become your own boss and make your dream business a reality.
Jessica Nazarali is the coach who inspires women to create coaching businesses and build beautiful, personal brands. Find out how you can earn $27K in one month while working for yourself at JessicaNazarali.com.