This is a story about handling your money stuff so you can create the space to grow your business from a place of focus and creativity, instead of scarcity and desperation.
I quit my day job 5 times.
Yep. I have announced my full time work-f0r-my-selfness, to myself and my family 5 times. And after 4 of those times, I found myself back in an office job.
Which I did! But it was hard, and later on that year I got hit with a few unexpected expenses, which stretched my unpredictable income pretty thin. A friend of mine was working part time for a law firm, and was going on vacation for a few weeks. The pay was not great, but they needed help, and when I did math again….I needed the money. So I said yes – but proudly explained that I had my own business so this would be a short term substitution only.
Fast forward a few more months, and they invited me to come back on a part time ongoing basis. And again, looking to my trusty excel sheet, I said yes, because I needed to be earning more money than my business was providing.
So I worked for them for a few months. And when that job ended, I was offered another job at a law firm – which I took. Because seriously, having a steady baseline of income was the most helpful thing to me, to give me the emotional and financial space to develop my business into the thing I knew it could be.
Because when you’re worried about rent, you’re not trying new things. You’re not developing relationships with potential clients, you’re not engaging in your community. You’re freaking stressed out, and you’re obsessing about money. And nobody wants to hang out with, or work with that.
So I worked my 4th part time bridge job. And I was HAPPY about it. Because that bridge job gave me wings. It gave me space to breathe, and to create what I so desperately knew I was capable of.
Making money does not always have to mean creating it out of thin air with your business.
I stopped seeing ‘going back to work’ as a failure. As a shameful thing to hide. It gave me the freedom to build my business – I never would have gotten so specific, or ‘limited’ myself if I was so stressed out about money. I would have kept trying to work with everyone, and gotten no where.
So when I quit that job, last November (yep, not that long ago) I thought to myself “I’m full time for myself!!…..unless I need to do this again. Then I WILL. Because I know how to get part time jobs and make them work for both me, and the company I’m working for.”
I’m Ellen, Money Making Expert. I help creative business owners make more money and revolutionize their businesses.
It’s my mission to help you boost your bottom line and start really creating the opportunities you want for yourself. Ready to find out what’s possible when we work together? Book your power sesh here. 20 minutes, you and me, totally free.
“If you have any struggle with being stuck or not knowing where to focus to make money in your biz, contact Ellen immediately. Best money you’ll ever spend.” Jessica Kupferman, Lady Business Radio