How to Go From Employee to Entrepreneur

Are you stuck in a 9-5 job that you hate. Do you dread going to work. only to sit there counting down the hours until you can “clock out” and go home. Life is too short to spend your precious time unfulfilled and unhappy. I understand the struggle, because I used to be in your shoes. I know what it’s like to work at a job for a paycheck, all the while dreaming of having a lifestyle where I decide how I am going to spend my time doing what I want, when I want, where I want, with whom I want, and as much as I want.

Everyday, more and more bold, fearless and ambitious women are saying “No” to corporate life and “Hell Yes” to entrepreneurship. They are rejecting traditional career paths and instead living life on their own terms and spending their time building successful businesses they are passionate about. They create their own hours, stay home with their children, travel when they want, earn as much as they want and are taking responsibility for their own lives.

The Internet has made it possible for these women to not only survive, but thrive.

These Girl Bosses aren’t unicorns, their success can be learned and duplicated.

“Success leaves clues. If you want to achieve something, find someone doing what you want to do and model it. Learn what they do, improve it, and you’ll achieve the same results” -Tony Robbins

I think what he means is study their journey, and figure out what they did to get to where they are. This does not mean to compare yourself to them or put yourself down because you have not achieved what they have. You cannot compare your day one to someone’s year 10.

The first thing to do when you make the decision to transition from employee to entrepreneur is get really clear on your goals and create a strategy for your exit. Especially if you are the primary bread-winner, you need to have a financial plan in place before you quit. You should take a look at your finances and figure what you could start cutting out of your budget to save as much money as possible, because there may be a transition period where you aren’t going to have any income coming in, and you will have some start-up business expenses. Once you figure out those numbers, you will be able to set a time frame of when you can leave your job.

Then you need to create your business plan and decide exactly what your business model will be, who will you serve, how will you market it and create a plan for how will you earn a steady and scaleable income. We have a great free Business Planning Workbook printable available for you here.

In the Business Planning Kit Action Guide, you will work through the following:

  • Your Mission
  • Your Audience
  • Engaging your Audience
  • Expressing your Brand
  • Serving Your Audience
  • Getting in Front of Your Audience
  • Your Goals and Plans
  • What You need to set up to Get Started Today!

“Business Success is not limited to a special few. Business success is not an accident. It’s yours for the taking, if you commit to it.” -Carrie Green

If your dream is to become a full time entrepreneur, there are a dozen routes you can take. Take a look at our How to Jumpstart Your Beauty Business post for more info on choosing a business model. The key is to chose one and be relentless in your pursuit. The time is coming when online business is going to be the norm for people…and if this is your dream in any kind of way, you really should to do everything you can to show up for your dreams and start your online business, because I truly believe this is the wave of the future for professionals.

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” -Napolean Hill