I decided when I was 38 years old, that I was going to put my dream of working for myself into action. I was tired of changing jobs every 2 years, not really building a career but job-hopping instead. Within 2 years of thinking and dreaming of working for myself, I did it! And 17 years later, I can say I’ve had the time of my life! I would not trade it for the world.
However, in the last couple of years, business has been far more quiet then I’m accustomed to, so I decided to fill up some of my time by getting a full-time job, while waiting for more contracts. I worked full time during the day, and managed my business during the evening and weekends.
I didn’t feel any different being employed than I did years ago when I gave up working for someone else, and here’s why:
•When on salary, all the extra hours you spend working aren’t compensated for
•You use up all of your energy during the day to have none left for when you get home
•Work seems to think they own you by expecting you to have a work phone, where you answer phone calls and emails when you aren’t supposed to be working
•You work with people who prefer you don’t think for yourself, so they can make all the decisions for you
•You have to work for too many micro managers with power struggles that are trying to make a name for themselves
•There is never anytime for a coffee break or lunch to fit into your schedule other than those sips or bites before dashing to another meeting or task
•Being 2 minutes late can be an issue but taking a sick day is even more of an issue
•There is a lack of respect for the years of accumulated experience and education, especially if you don’t have a title
•You begin to believe the pay cheque, benefits and pension plan is something you just can’t live without
I’m here to tell you that you can live without all of the above and get everything you ever desired, from owning your own business. It does however take a leap of faith to get you going.
I was a single mom raising two children on my own, in a city that I recently moved to. I had no other source of income – just my pay cheque. The work dynamics were not great for me at all. I thought there was more to a career than thinking I have another 40 years of working for this employer or any other. There is a lot more out there in life for you but you need to let go of the old way of life, and the old way of working, to transition you to a career and business you would love to wake up to every morning.
At Fournier Coaching, we help you transition from work to your own business. I’ve been there. I know what it takes. I know the fears you are facing. I know the work involved to be successful. I did it. You can do it! I can help. It’s up to you. Call me!