Do you want to set up a business on the side but feel like you’re too busy? Read this guide to creating the time to pursue your dream.
One strategy to transition into entrepreneurship is to build a side income before quitting your job. But it can end up being a catch 22: you believe that you don’t have enough time to make good money in your business, and if you don’t make money, you don’t feel confident to quit your job. End result = stuck.
Confidence. Everyone knows it’s a key factor of success and wants to feel confident in what they do. But what can you do if you don’t feel confident? Can you really fake it till you make it? In this week’s blog I share my confidence tips so you can speak like Winston Churchill and take on the world.
When I quit my job to become a coach entrepreneur, one of my associates said to me, “I wish I had your confidence.” This comment surprised me. While I was confident in some respects – I didn’t feel that confident, at least not all the time. A few nights I didn’t sleep. I was worrying that I could have made a horrible mistake: ‘What if I fail?’ ‘What if I regret my decision?’
Alba Gomez was working as an engineer for 14 years until she had a moment of clarity and realised it was time to quit her job to pursue her passion. Read how she made her transition out of corporate and her success and branding tips for aspiring women entrepreneurs.
LT: What were you doing before you started your own business?
AG: I worked as an engineer for 14 years. Even from the beginning I realised it wasn’t my passion but I stuck to it because I was in a country (Colombia) where you go to university and go to work and that’s it. I had two sisters who were engineers as well and I did what I was supposed to. I changed jobs two times; I had good salaries and positions. It had a good side to it.
When I moved to Australia I realised the mentality is different, people were more open-minded and I saw people doing what they wanted to do. I saw people taking risks and women owning businesses and I got inspired and thought maybe I could do what I am passionate about.
LT: What process did you go through to quit your job? (more…)
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People often tell me how courageous I am. I suppose it’s because I do things that a small percentage of the population does, like making the leap into entrepreneurship, moving countries and getting up in front of groups.
But of course that doesn’t mean that I don’t have fear and I’m not your big risk-taking type. There are lots of die-hard, bold entrepreneurs out there who love adventure sports and how they are in their business is an extension of that. Then there are scaredy cats like me who talk themselves out of taking risks until one day something clicks and they go for it.
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Since 2009 Louise has coached over a hundred leaders with a focus on career transition and development, behavioural change, leadership, communication, influencing and managing emotions and stress. She has also coached leaders to design and launch coaching and consulting businesses.
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