LaDawn Townsend from Bosses Group interviewed me about what it takes to become an entrepreneur in a freelance situation. We also talk about how I scaled my business and entered the position of CEO – and how I proceeded!
My journey as an entrepreneur
When I was young I wanted to be an artist and a teacher. I would create my fake shop windows and make my brother buy things, or I would sit and teach him with all the stuffed animals. I was a very creative kid, but being an entrepreneur never felt like what I wanted to do. I didn’t even have examples of entrepreneurs in my household growing up.
At the age of 22, I graduated in 2010 in the middle of the last recession. I couldn’t find a job for six months; I was depressed and had panic attacks. The fear set in – I was sick.
A friend saw that I was struggling and gave me a book called The Art of Nonconformity by Chris Guillebeau. This book was the first introduction I had to the idea of becoming an entrepreneur and making your own money.
I started to wonder, “What can I do to make money in my own business?” I started asking better questions and Googled how to make money writing because I’ve always wanted to be a writer and wondered if I could write money. I spent days on job boards trying to find leads since I had no idea what I was doing or how to find work.
I’ve learned at every step to build my own business myself. In my first month owning my own business, I started a Grad Peace World blog with the idea that I could turn my blog into a portfolio.
During my new writing project, I found statistics about millennials not making enough money to live independently and I figured I wasn’t going to be a statistic. So I started a blog as a counter-portfolio.
My first big website hit on my blog
At first, I focused on what fueled me, what led me to who my circle is and who I resonate with. Since I was fresh out of the gate, I wasn’t expecting my first media hit to crash my website. I remember one day my website went down and I thought, oh this is weird. And I never thought about it again. I had a friend who specialized in Google Analytics and she said, “Amanda, do you see this point in the graph here? You got a huge hit on a big news site and it brought a tremendous amount of traffic to your website that has been going down! “
How I learned the basic skills of entrepreneurship
I focused on certain types of activities and got things moving. At that point, I had two aha moments. Number one: I noticed that all of my online friends were quitting their jobs. I remember Michelle Schroeder Gardner of Making Sense of Cents when she was making $ 6,000 on her income reports. I said oh my god if I could do it Freelance $ 6,000 per month, That would be great.
What’s stopping me from doing it Freelance $ 6,000 per month? It’s my job.
Success as the best revenge
I think success is the best revenge. I thought watch me quit this job in nine months, asshole watch me! Tell me I can’t do something then watch me do it! And I did. Most of all, however, I noticed that the changes on the internet gave me the realization that this is where business is moving forward.
I hired my first business coach and quit my job six months later.
LaDawn and I met through a webinar through a network group for women that I hosted. She says of the time we met, “I want people to lean in and understand that sometimes people come into your life for a reason, some for a certain time, some for a long time, but listen On an opportunity because they could say One thing that they say could shake your world. “
She recalls our first joint consultation: “I failed to understand that you can own intellectual property, package it and sell it to people. At that moment, I knew I was going to change my business and things would change because I was doing everything wrong. I thought you must have the brick and mortar to run a business. “
Here’s how to grow your business when you hit a plateau
I had an income plateau for two years when I set off $ 3,000 a month. It was a mindset that kept me from breaking through as I believed it was difficult to make money. My faith showed in my life as an underearner. I still did not understand the concept of wealth awareness.
My first business coach
My first business coach, Gabby, I was paying $ 200 a month, which was a big deal at the time, and then $ 200 a month was scary! My coach worked from her apartment and I saw her help people and I think whatever she does, I have to learn how to do it.