I mean, seriously, who’s stuck for 5 years? I didn’t feel stuck, I felt exhausted and overworked but the fact was that I was stuck. Let me explain.
When I first went self-employed it was because I hated my job and decided that anything had to be better than working for my rotten boss.
So I left, with a rush of relief and excitement I spent that weekend deliriously happy that I’d escaped. Then Monday came and along with it, the realisation that I needed to make £2000 pretty quickly or we’d fall behind with the mortgage and bills. Eeeek!
And so it began. My life as a small business owner and marketing consultant.
Those first few years were tough. I WISH I’d known then what I know now, my life would have been so much easier! But I didn’t know any better.
I had LOADS of clients. But then I would, wouldn’t I? I was a bargain!
I priced myself too low, I took on too much work (I HAD to, to make the numbers stack up) but I didn’t have enough hours in my working week to deliver it all. I just kept selling every available hour I could and working nights, weekends, every spare minute. Somehow I hung on by my fingernails and kept things going.
Then I had a baby, my beautiful daughter Chloe. And I’m sorry to say that I had to go back to work when she was only 4 weeks old (luckily my mum looked after her) just to keep the money coming in. But I was breastfeeding her for the whole of her first year. I was up several times a night. I was sleep deprived.
And I STILL had to fit in all that work, running around to meetings all over the North East of England, spending time seeing clients, doing their marketing, trying to network, manage my finances, do my own marketing…I was exhausted, but even worse..
I Was Still Broke
I couldn’t break out of this trap I was in. I didn’t have any more time to ‘sell’. I couldn’t keep up with the clients I already had, let alone take on new ones. I was exhausted, actually I was burned out.
And that went on, pretty much in the same way, for 5 years. Chloe was 3 before things really came to a head and I saw the light.
And when that big ‘Aha’ moment hit me, I slapped my forehead and said out loud to myself ‘WHY, CLAIRE? Why didn’t you realise this 5 years ago????’ Gah! I was furious with myself for wasting all that time!
What was it?
It was YOU DON’T HAVE TO JUST WORK ONE-TO-ONE
And yet I didn’t know any other way. No-one had told me about group coaching programmes or online products. I didn’t know any better. Once I found out about them from a lady who became my first coach, I knew I’d found the thing that would change my life.
And it did.
My business these days is built on group coaching and online programmes. I deal with ladies across the world, from Canada to Australia, Singapore to Denmark and, of course, the UK. It involves hardly any one-to-one work but I have the happiest clients (with the BEST results), the loveliest work/life balance and the most enjoyable ‘job’ I’ve ever had. I would NEVER go back to how it used to be.
So if you’re selling your time and feeling stuck, you need to learn from my mistake. Don’t wait 5 years to see the light. Look at passive income; look at group coaching and online products. Get your life back!
And a great place to start is my interview with the lady who helped me see the light – my first coach, Karen Rutter – it will set your mind racing, I promise. Here is the link – listen to it now!