“Okay, tomorrow’s the day. This is it.” I said to my manfriend. I looked at him waiting to hear reluctance in his voice, prepared for him to question if I was actually sure, I was ready to leave my job of over 6 years. But I heard none of that. “It‘s finally here.” he said confidently and gave me a smile. He and I both knew I was MORE than ready. I had been waiting for this day since I knew the word “entrepreneurship.” Once I knew what an entrepreneur was, I knew that was what I was meant to be. It would be a long road to get me there, but I was determined.
Entrepreneurship to me meant being there for my children when I start to raise a family. It meant having the ability to set my own salary and never wonder if I was at risk of being let go due to factors outside of my control. It was about freedom.
And in July of 2013, I became fully self-employed for the first time in my life.
But the journey getting there wasn’t easy. And to be honest, I didn’t have it in me to take that courageous leap everyone talks about – I took it in baby steps.
In March of 2012, I asked my employer if I could start coming into work 2 days a week, instead of 5, so I could work on my own business. I gave up my salary and benefits for a dream.
In the beginning, it was TOUGH. I spent my 3 “entrepreneur days” each week watching videos and searching the internet for millionaire success stories trying to figure out how THEY did it and how I could apply their lessons to MY business. This was fun, but a waste of time. Searching took forever and I had to look through a lot of crap before I found the real gems.
My first month on my own I made around $500. Nowhere near the amount I needed to match the salary I walked away from. I felt like I was failing. Even worse, I was praised for walking away from “the man” but every day I questioned my decision. I needed guidance, and I realized I couldn’t do it alone.
After 2 months of making little to nothing, my good friend Danielle Leslie told me about Marie Forleo’s program and how it could help me and my business. I looked into it skeptically… $2,000, I mean, really?! I watched the videos and googled the heck out of it trying to find negative reviews so I could save my money.
Ultimately, it was my heart that PULLED me to say yes. I felt like it was time to finally invest in me. I pressed that pink ENROLL button during the very last hour on the very last day of B-School signups and didn’t look back.