How I Quit My Day Job
As a military spouse you may dream of starting a business that will sustain you through every move. My business came in the desperation to work from home while caring for my injured soldier. I became instantly successful; quit my day job in nine months, and five years later business is wildly successful. Want to know the secret? I don’t have it! This article is not going to tell you how to create the American dream and become a top entrepreneur. I am going to tell you the one thing I did right, and then everything that I did wrong so that you do not make the same mistakes I did.
The right thing that I did was clearly define my why and I stuck to it. Throughout the years many would tell me that I should grow, or switch my products to overseas manufacturers. My why included working from home; not growing it out of the house and adding employees. Even when tempted I stood my ground and resisted the offers. My why got me through 16-hour days, dealing with people that didn’t understand what we were going through transitioning out of the military, and balancing duties as a wife and entrepreneur. Staying true to my why made me successful beyond my dreams.
Now, that we established the most important thing before starting your business, here is a list of what I did wrong so that you do not make the same mistakes. Check out the links on the bottom of the article to give you the resources that I wished I had when I started my milspouse business:
- I did not create a business plan.
- I did it alone. I never, ever asked for help. I taught the business to myself with YouTube videos. I stuck to what I could learn online rather than reach out for help.
- I didn’t get a mentor.
- I didn’t create my tribe. I isolated myself and forgot to enjoy life. I ended up depressed and burned out.
- No back up plan – I created a revenue stream based on one platform.
- I didn’t say no to my customers and I gave away too much for free……gifts, coupons, discounts; I give away so much for free to friends and family and it put me in a financial bind.
- I never taught anyone to how do my job.
- I cried too much. Just let stuff go.
- I didn’t plan for my financial future.
- I didn’t plan for success; which happened faster than I had a foundation for my business.
Write down your why… create a vision board…look at it when you’re in get discouraged…rely on your tribe…ask for help.
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