Between 2009 and 2011, I made the shift from employee to entrepreneur. I was young, broke, just a few years out of college, working full-time and amidst wedding planning as I was in the process of marrying the man of my dreams.
More and more people are asking how I made this transition to being fully self-employed, so I’d like to offer a few key tips for those of you desiring to take your side business or hobby from passion to profitability.
Tip #1 – Envision your success. I’ll admit, I was terrified when I started my business. I didn’t really know what I was doing…but I had a desire for change in my life and I KNEW it was possible to change my circumstances. Working in a cubicle or behind a desk every day, watching my life flash by before my eyes…I knew I was destined for something different and that, one day, I would be doing something that I felt was positively impacting others and didn’t feel like work to me. I developed a very clear picture of what I wanted and what I didn’t want. I envisioned turning in my 2 week’s notice. I envisioned working with a team of passionate people. I envisioned mentoring others and speaking to students and groups. These accomplishments only existed in my mind at that time, however, they’ve since come to fruition…and I continue to envision my future success today.
Tip #2 – ACT on that vision. It’s not enough to just envision the change you desire. You must create an action plan. Notice the key component of action is ACT. 🙂 We can’t just “hope” or “wish” for the desired change to occur…we must create an actionable plan and then get into action!! If your goal is to leave your job in one year, then set a 12 month goal to have generated your annual salary (and then some) over the course of the year. Then…break that big annual goal into quarterly goals, monthly, weekly and daily goals. That might sound like overkill…but I’ll tell you…the devil is in the details and where the rubber meets the road is your DAILY ACTIVITY. You can’t focus solely on monthly or quarterly accomplishments…you must focus on consistent, bite-sized chunks of daily activity to move towards your BIG 12 month goal. As they say…little by little, a little becomes a lot.
Tip #3 – Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many of us feel like we’re on an island – secluded and misunderstood when it comes to our goals and dreams. That’s not true. In fact, many of us are our own worst enemies in this sense…thinking that no one else can empathize or offer resources to help. I’ve learned that people genuinely want to help…but they don’t know you need help unless you ask. One of the biggest reasons for my growth has been asking my network for support when I’ve needed it and also consulting with my upline sponsor – that’s what they’re there for. I am SO thankful for this component of network marketing. I’m in business for myself, but not by myself. If you’re a fellow network marketer and you need help building your business and your upline leader is not guiding you, then go to his or her upline and seek help. They are there to mentor you. If no one in your upline can assist, then call your corporate office for support.
These 3 simple tips will get you well on your way to profiting from your passion. If I can do it, anyone can. I don’t have a business degree, nor do I have prior business experience. I’m just a driven, passionate individual who wants to positively impact the world. Let’s do it together. 🙂
Tell me…what is the ONE thing holding you back from moving towards your next goal? (Doesn’t have to be business-specific…can be fitness-related, family-related, etc.)