It has been said that an entrepreneur is like someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down. That’s actually pretty accurate – I mean, when you think about it, we often spend years working really hard for hours on end before it actually pays off, and in order for it to be worth it someday we have to take a lot of risks and go through a ton of trial and error. If you aren’t an entrepreneur, you might think we are crazy. But if you are someone who has made an effort to start your own business from scratch, you know exactly why you do it. I think it’s everyone’s reasons are different, but for me personally, I would rather work 60 hours a week for a few years to build the life and career I’ve dreamed of than spend the rest of my life doing something I hate with a “normal” schedule. That’s not to say there is anything wrong with the typical 9-5 work schedule, it’s just not for me.
My journey so far…
All through high school I knew I would never be happy doing something that isn’t directly helping people. I need to spend my days doing something with a purpose that yields tangible results. I feel like God has specifically given me a passion for helping people reach their potential, which naturally led me to research the field of health coaching. As a women’s health and fitness coach, I get to help women reach their potential by motivating, encouraging, guiding, and providing them with helpful information. I also get to write (through ebooks and blogging), which has been a hobby of mine since I was a child. Not to mention the fact that it will never be boring, as each client is different, and new challenges arise all the time that stretch my comfort zone.
Steps I’m taking to build my business…
(1. Earn enough to support myself until my business grows. Of course, it can take years to build a successful coaching business, which means I have to find some way to earn a living in the meantime. For the time being, I’m building my income through giving private piano lessons and freelance writing. If I cannot consistently earn a decent living through those two jobs after a few months, I will have to find a more traditional job temporarily. Freelance writing is great because when my clients give me a byline under the articles I write for them, it will help get my name out there, and might direct more people to my website. I also love it because I get to set my own hours and work from home, which gives me more time to devote to my own blog and business.
(2. Rent my own place. As I’ve mentioned before, my goal is to move out of my parents’ house by this summer. Once I’ve settled into my apartment, my plan is to start making good use of Instagram and YouTube so people can get to know me better through videos and images, which will further build my following. I will be making vlogs, workout videos, creating workout programs, and more!
(3. Start building a client base. This step is pretty straightforward. People find me through my website, blog, YouTube, or social media and sign up for the coaching packages I offer. They get to build the fit and healthy lifestyle they’ve dreamed of while I earn a living making a difference.
(4. Consistently coach at least 15-20 clients per month, and transform this into my full time business. I’m hoping this can happen within 1 year of moving into my apartment, and if all goes well, there’s no reason this can’t be a very reasonable goal.
So there you have it – why I’ve decided to be an entrepreneur, what that looks like for me, and what my short and long term goals are for my business. Are you an entrepreneur? Do you like the idea of working for yourself? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.