The Short Answer – exciting, exhilarating, scary, fun, energizing and challenging.
I’ve been building my coaching and personal development business, Less Ordinary Living for 18 months. Leaving the corporate world and setting up a start-up has been an amazing experience and I’ve learnt a huge amount.
I’ve worked with some exceptional clients who have made big changes in their lives. It’s a continued privilege to partner with smart ambitious people to make the most of their careers, lives and building their businesses.
So what was it like?
The first six months– Getting my head in the Game
The first six months as an entrepreneur were a rollercoaster of emotions:
The exhilaration the day I walked out of my day job. Finally, I’m free to do what I love.
The sickening twist of fear the next day -what on earth am I doing? No more pay cheques dropping into my bank account every month. From now on my livelihood depends entirely on me.
The liberation of being free to set my own path – I can work on anything I want and with anyone I want wherever I want.
The confusion of so many options. I thought my business plan made sense, now things are seem more complicated than I could have imagined.
The excitement of the first client, the first check, the first great feedback, the first referral. These are unbeatable moments – realizing I can make this work.
The stress of the slow month. It takes time to get your message out there and build momentum. Did I make a big mistake to leave the apparent safety of the corporate world behind?
The joy of working with others – the valued support, partnership and amazing ideas that others have brought to encourage and inspire me.
If nothing else, in the first six months I developed the mindset to deal with the ups and downs of running a start-up.
In the immortal words of Len Goodman, in business “one day you’re a rooster, the next you’re a feather duster.”
I’m better at dealing with these emotions and staying on a more even keel – and that is critical to being an entrepreneur.
The next 12 months – Making it Happen
The last year has been about turning Less Ordinary Living from an idea into a sustainable business. It’s been about learning and doing.
I’ve spent a lot of time building my confidence and skills to become an entrepreneur. It has taken time to develop my message and to convince others.
I’ve learned a huge amount about running and marketing a business from experience that I simply couldn’t have prepared for. My passion is coaching, and according to my feedback from clients I’m great at that – I’m now discovering how to find the right people to serve.
I’ve also learned the value of learning from my mistakes and certainly had plenty of opportunities to do so.
Finding the focus and single mindedness to work effectively from home and get more done in less time has been instrumental in making it happen.
My business plan has evolved from all this experience and I have clarity on what Less Ordinary Living stands for – a resource for anyone who thinks life is too short to be ordinary.
Serving my clients has helped me to understand what makes my coaching services unique and how I can add real value to people’s lives.
The Future – What’s Next?
Now I’m starting to develop some strong partnership with amazing organizations that also serve professionals looking to make the most of life.
I’ve got an exciting new website under development – watch this space.
Most importantly I have some amazing clients who I love working with and I’m continuing to find more every day.
So building Less Ordinary Living has certainly been exciting, exhilarating, scary, fun, tiring, energizing, challenging and rewarding.
I’ve loved every step of the journey (even the tough ones) and I’m sure that there is more challenge and excitement ahead.
Thank you – I couldn’t have done it without you
To you – my clients, subscribers, readers and supports – thank you for sharing the journey with me so far – I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m humbled by your contribution.
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