Having been a ‘Double E’ (Employedpreneur), I know what it takes to move from a corporate position to a position of being your own boss.
There are five strategies that I did that helped me make the transition and to be in a position to have enjoyed my journey from Career Professional to Employedpreneur and now Entrepreneur.
Just in case you want to know my definition of an employedpreneur, click here. Now let’s get to my five strategies that will make your transition much easier.
1. Who are your clients and what specific pain do you solve for them? For example: My clients are high-achieving career professionals and employedpreneurs who are sometimes stuck and often times frustrated at work. Most want to leave their employment, find their passion and make money doing what they love.
Some of these high-achievers are even physically and mentally exhausted with what they are doing in their profession.
My next group of clients are entrepreneurs who are just starting out or those who want to move to the next level in their marketplace.
All three client types seek my coaching so they can figure out what they need to do in order to wake up happy, excited about what they do, experiencing the joy of doing what they love and making a great living along the way
The pain that I solve is the ‘not knowing syndrome’; not having to go it alone; and being positioned for those million dollar opportunities.
2. Why and how are you going to please your clients? Here’s how I please my clients: First, I love working with entrepreneurs and employedpreneurs because I believe that when I help them define their own definition of success they get to that point where they are happier at work, happier in life, happier with who they are … that kind of happiness becomes a game changer for an employedpreneur and entrepreneur.
As their coach, it’s my job to make sure that they are never alone as they go through the processes that lead to discovering their passion; the steps to Re-Imagining, Re-Inventing Re-Emerging™ their career, business and life; branding who they are, and reaping the financial benefits of just being their best person, employedpreneur and entrepreneur.
I do this through my membership program: Global Association of High-Achieving Women and my private coaching choices that are tailored for each client.
3. How and why do potential clients look for you? For me, my clients come from speaking, blog posts, networking, word of mouth and public relations.
They like the concept of being part of a global association and they like the idea of learning how to ‘close the gaps’ in their career, business and life.
Now where will your clients come from?
4. How are you going to keep financially afloat while clients find you? Many people cut costs when they start a business, some downsize, and others eliminate luxuries. Some try to land lucrative contracts before they commit to being an entrepreneur full-time.
For me having a ‘money plan’ was a key element. I did not want any surprises. So from employedpreneur to entrepreneur, to implementing a ‘six month/no salary savings plan’, to identifying my niche, products and services – it made my life so much easier when it came time for the big leap.
The ‘money plan’ and ‘no salary savings plan’ made a big impact on how I structured my business model. Yes, I obtained contracts, and for a period of time I did eliminate some luxuries — but at the end of the day, yes I would do it all over again – I enjoyed the journey (the good as well as the bad).
5. How did your ‘sanity check’ turn out? I have learned that not everyone will get my vision for how I want my business every entrepreneur From Employedpreneur to Entrepreneur… What You Need to Know – Part 2?model to function and what I want to do to make a difference — and that’s okay.
But you need to be able to explain how you will develop and grow your business to someone else in a way that they can understand your vision.
I have found that sometimes even the greatest ideas need a ‘sanity check’ and proof that the concept makes since, it is understandable and that it will work.
A ‘sanity check’ makes me do the hard thinking and it validates my commitment to my vision.© Copyright 2014 Laureen Wishom