Navigating the transition into self-employment
For many, starting a new business will also involve a major transition from an existing lifestyle such as being a full time Mum or having a job in the corporate world. The transition can take a lot of energy, time and money so it’s important to do some thinking before you start to keep you motivated and positive. The process of choosing a new path is not just about deciding which path to take, it is also about embracing all that comes with it – the new mindset needed and setting up a new lifestyle which supports you and your new business.
The key to navigating the transition
Having worked with many women going through this transition (and my own personal experience), I’ve observed that the key to unlocking the energy, the motivation and the resilience needed to see yourself through the challenges lies at the outset and that is simply to choose work which you LOVE. Work which lights you up inside and stirs you so much you just have to share it with the world. If you can remember this and stay focused on your end goal and why this matters to you, it will keep you going when things get tough.
Help is out there!
It’s also helpful to find yourself a mentor to inspire you – another female entrepreneur who has not only got to where you want to get to, but has undoubtedly experienced similar challenges at the start and has found a way to overcome them. There are many other resources available such as podcasts, networking groups, articles and workshops which will also make you feel less alone during this time and help you realise that fears and challenges are just a natural part of this journey. And more and more of them are now being aimed at female entrepreneurs and their wellbeing.
My own story
In 2010, after a 5 month career break in Sydney, I made the transition from life as a Buyer in the corporate world, working for retailers such as Boots and Sainsbury’s, to life as a solo entrepreneur working from home. And I have honestly never looked back. It hasn’t always been easy, but on those challenging days I remind myself why I am doing this work, what a great lifestyle I have and how far I’ve come. There is a whole new world waiting for you too – one that will make it worth the initial struggle. A world where you will have the freedom to do work which matters to you, to make your own decisions, to see your dreams come to life and the positive impact that has on other people – not just the people who buy your work, but also your family and friends.