Tell us your bold boss story!
Before I quit my day job, I was an elementary school teacher and I was miserable. As a single mom to a now 13-year-old daughter, mine was the only income in my house (and I don't receive child support, by choice -- a story for another day!). As most people well know, teachers don't earn a lot. I was doing freelance writing to supplement my income, which meant I was working all.the.time. Weekends, evenings, school holidays. And while I was supposed to be teaching, I was consumed with my freelance work and some personal struggles I was having. In 2013, I had enough and resigned from my teaching position. I finished out the school year, frantically scrambling to take on more freelance clients so I'd have a full schedule when school ended.
As of now, it's been three years since I went full time. I've had some stressful moments (is the check going to clear?) and some huge wins (biggest month ever -- several months running!). I no longer call myself a freelancer, because I'm a business owner. And that has done huge things for my mindset. Business has its ups and downs, but I wouldn't change what I'm doing for the world.
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!
I called myself a freelancer for a long time, not taking into account that I own my own business and that it's okay for me to call my own shots. In the fall of 2015, I had a client that literally paid my bills every month. My biggest client, on a regular basis. But some of the projects I was working on were soul-draining for me. I wasn't happy and some of the other team members on the projects weren't pulling their weight. I mentioned this to the client several times but my comments fell on deaf ears. After talking to my coach about it (ad nauseam), I finally made the move to let the client go. I was stressed about where that paycheck was going to come from once I moved on. Because I couldn't afford to let the client go. But a funny thing happened. Once I said "no more" to that client, doors opened all around me. I replaced the income almost immediately -- and then some. And I loved my business again!
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?
You CAN do it. I think there's so much talk out there about six-figure launches and moms who run their business as a hobby or side hustle to their spouse's income. Single parents CAN make it work. Sure, it's stressful. And you lose a lot of sleep. But having my daughter see my success has been totally worth it. She's even commented to me about how much happier I am now than when I was teaching. And she's SO right.