Oh the endless amount of thoughts that come to our minds as we sit behind our corporate desks doing work that at times can feel aimless and uninspiring. If you’re anything like me you may find yourself thinking, “How in the world do I leave corporate and be my own boss?” It was approximately 14 months ago that I sat at my desk contemplating this exact question. I was currently captive to working 70+ hour work weeks. My roommate would frequently find me at home on the couch at midnight on my computer answering “just one more email”. On the weekends I would opt out of fun social activities because I either a) did not have enough energy or b) needed the extra time to finish my endless to do list. SIGH, I kid you not. I am actually getting exhausted just THINKING about my previous life in the corporate realm. Has anyone else ever ever felt this way?
When I moved to LA for a change of lifestyle and to focus on my overall health and wellness, I knew that in my heart I eventually wanted to start my own business. The thought seemed exhilarating but the execution seemed completely and utterly daunting. Alas, the day came that an idea sparked. A best friend of mine and I conceived a brilliant concept that combined both of our ultimate passions into one amazing company… EUREKA! It was 3 days later I left my job and we were on our way at KaitKat. We have now been in business over a year and it has been QUITE the exhilarating ride with numerous twists and turns, tears, giddy excitement, low bank accounts, sleepless nights, and unique experiences. But one thing is for sure: I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Do you have dreams of being your own boss but have NO idea how to get there? I get it! Trust me, I was there for years untilI finally got the courage to pursue my inner most desires. So how do YOU take the plunge to leaving your crazy corporate work days and start doing something that truly inspires you?
Today I am giving you my 5 steps to leave corporate and be YOU OWN BOSS! You ready? Put your #boss hats on and let’s do this!
Take the First STEP!
You won’t get anywhere without walking, you know? I mean, I wish we lived in Harry Potter and could apparate to every place we wanted, but alas this is the real world. So to start, you have to take the first step! Think about something you absolutely LOVE doing, or are extremely passionate about. Do people continually tell you over and over and over again that you are good at something, and yet you never really do anything with that talent? DING DING DING. You’ve hit the jackpot. Your “secret talent” can suddenly be NOT so secret anymore. Brainstorm ideas, run them by your friends and research if this has done before. Sure there may be other people with similar talents, but do they do it with your spin?
Develop a VISION
Every GREAT idea starts with a good vision. It does not have to be perfect, but it has to be something you are so passionate about and are willing to dedicate time, effort, and potentially finances to make it thrive. Find deep inspiration and use that inspiration as motivation to develop a vision for this idea that you can sink your teeth into. Be resilient in your vision and don’t let others rain on your parade. Vision is about believing in your dream at your inner core. Vision is more than just an idea, it is built on passion and thinking with an Eagle’s eye lens…high enough to see above the clouds and look into the future of what this small idea could amount to over time!
PLAN it out!
I know I know, this is the step that some of you look at and roll your eyes because planning can be SO daunting at times. But this is huge for the success of any business. Step 1. You have to write out a business plan. No ifs, ands, or BUTS. It doesn’t have to be the prettiest thing on the planet, but I promise you that going through the motion of actually writing a business plan will help you to truly understand the WHY you are doing this in the first place as well as the WHO you are truly serving. Step 2. Set achievable deadlines! Monthly, quarterly, and yearly deadlines are essential to driving productivity and refocusing prioritizing.
All this to say, you also must know that planning everything out does not mean that everything will always go to plan… and that is okay! Choosing to be flexible and roll with the punches is essential to keeping your marbles together at the start of your business. One…two…three… Breath. All will be okay.
TEST your Concept!
This step was so utterly and completely crucial in the creation of my current business, KaitKat. Testing your concept is very important to ensure you truly understand the need it is filling for potential customers, but especially in order to understand how long things actually take! It is essential to have a useful measure of time for each and every step in the process of creating your product or service. I will say this over and over but YOUR time is valuable. In order to truly treat your time as something precious, you have to know how long it takes to do all aspects of creating your concept. This is especially pertinent when it comes to pricing your product or service.
When we startedKaitKat, we did our first photoshoot for free so that we could test each and every step of the process. We recorded everything we needed to do from start to finish to make it happen as well as the time investment in each step. We then analyzed how we could make certain steps more productive. It was CRUCIAL to see what truly worked, what didn’t work, and what could be vastly improved on. You never know until you test it!
Fiercely PURSUE and CONQUER
Let’s #REALTALK for a moment. There are days you may feel like quitting. You may have weeks go by with endless “no’s” or ideas that dead end without reason. Sometimes you may feel humiliated. Some days it will feel like you have no idea what you are doing. But I am here to tell you right now, you will overcome! The greatest entrepreneurs are not phased by failures, but are instead resilient conquerers. The best part? Even if your idea does not work out as you anticipated, I’ll bet you the journey that got you there was exhilarating, unique, and hugely eye opening!
THE INSIDER SCOOP TO BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Lastly I want to provide you all with some insider scoop info that you need to know before you take the plunge to be an Entrepreneur!
- Sometimes you will fail, and that is okay! Start replacing the work “fail” with “important learning” in your mind and start seeing it as vital to growing in knowledge and refining your expertise!
- The work from home life is not as easy as it seems. #Truthtalk, when work and personal space collide it can seem like you are sometimes working 24/7. BOUNDARIES FRIENDS, BOUNDARIES!
- Prioritizing will often be your biggest challenge. Between balancing all things and, well, balancing all things as it relates to YOUR business, it can be so hard to not constantly shift or forget priorities. Stay focused!
- Not every idea is a good idea. Ideas are great. Lots of ideas are even better… but be prepared to accept that not every good idea is an idea you need to do.
- Outsourcing is your FRIEND! Your best friend, actually. Accept it, own it, and look for ways to outsource as much as possible as soon as your finances allow.
- Your time is precious! Find ways to batch work to increase productivity, and again look for outsourcing and assistance AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE (can you tell this one is important?!) Multi tasking can actually be the enemy of productivity.
So, friends! Leave me a comment below to let me know what you biggest dreams and goals are for your future career! I’d love to listen 🙂
Oh and PS. You already have one advocate (hello, that’s me!!!)
Photos by Anna Sandul