Are you ready to leave your day job, so you can pursue your passion, and become your own boss?
Let me share three steps with you that will get you ready to quit your day job in 6 months’ time.
These steps have helped hundreds of people I’ve worked with say to goodbye to unfulfilling jobs, pursue their passion, and start their own business, and I hope they’ll help you too!
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Step 1: CHOOSE YOUR EXIT STRATEGY
The assumption that a lot of people make is that making a massive leap of faith is the only option to make a career change and become your own boss, but this is simply NOT TRUE.
Whilst it might be the ‘sexy’ way that appeals to our imagination, most people who successfully and sustainably become their own boss, do this one small step at a time, whilst they’re still in their day job.
Depending on your financial safety net, and your attitude towards risk, there are roughly speaking three exit strategies,
#1 quit your day job, go all-in on your business
This option is good if you have a financial safety net or if you’re okay with taking risks, as you believe things will always work out.
#2 quit your day job, find a stepping stone job, and work on your business on the side
A stepping stone job is a job in the field you’re building your business in. The aim of a stepping stone job is to keep money coming in, whilst you’re building your network in a new field and gaining valuable experience that you can take with you.
#3 quit your day job, find a bridge job, and work on your business on the side
A bridge job is a (part-time or full-time) job that has nothing to do with the business you’re building, but it allows you to pay the bills, and it gives you the headspace to work on your business.
Step 2: FIND A ROLE MODEL/MENTOR
You don’t need to reinvent the wheel! Simply find people who’ve gone before you, and follow their footsteps.
It’s a little bit like a child who’s learning, and discovering the world. They look at others for guidance – they look at how others do things, and then copy that.
So, find someone who’s 2-3 years ahead of you, and who’s journey you can learn from.
The reason why I’m saying 2-3 years is because the digital landscape is changing so quickly these days, so the steps that someone has taken to grow their business and brand 10 years ago might not work in the current day and age.
Find that mentor or role model, and study their journey.
Find out what contributed to their success.
What have they done that helped them most to get where they are now? What were the things they did that really helped them grow?
Use that knowledge to your advantage, and follow the steps they’ve taken.
Step 3: EXPAND YOUR NETWORK
It is said that ‘alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much’.
If you want to really make an impact with the work you do, don’t do it alone.
Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn has famously said:
“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”
Now, that doesn’t mean you need to hire a team yourself, but it does mean that you need to work together with other people.
Expand your network, find people whom you can help, and whom can help you.
Learn from others, collaborate with others, and help others.
Find people who serve the same audience as you do, but offer a complementary perspective, service, or product, send them an email or DM on social media to connect with them, and start building that relationship.
You got this,
Are you ready to say adios to your boss, and make the transition to being your OWN boss?
Grab a copy of my Escape The 9-5 Checklist, in which I share 8 crucial things that you should be focusing on right now to get your business in the best place possible before you hand in your notice.