Four years ago I quit my corporate job for yoga pants. Okay, so I didn’t actually quit my job FOR yoga pants, but I did trade in my uniform for yoga pants and long days working from home. Here’s the truth: I thought that the corporate life was for me, I dreamt of power suits and high heels. (Now I dream of yoga pants and sports bras.) I studied marketing and communication in college and quickly secured a job at one of the nation’s leading retailers. In everyone else’s eyes I had “made it.” In all honesty, I wasn’t happy. I worked long hours, nights and weekends, spent holidays away from my family, and felt so depleted at the end of every day. I knew I needed to make a change.
If this sounds like you, I want you to listen up: follow your bliss. Seriously, listen to that gut of yours. It’s never too late to start pursuing your dream job, you need to design the life you want to live. Now here’s what I’m not telling you: I’m not telling you to quit your job today to stay home in your yoga pants, but I am telling you to start dreaming a little harder. I believe in chasing your dreams, but doing it in a smart way, here are the steps I took to leave my corporate job for a life working from home (most days in bed.)
Figure out what you are passionate about. (Hint: it should be something you can’t imagine not doing.) When you are passionate about something, you will do what it takes to be amazing at it. Find your passion and dive in head first. Learn, educate yourself, become an expert in your field, and refine your craft.
Don’t make rash decisions. When I knew I wanted to leave my job, I first set myself up for success. I reached out to every connection I could, I advertised, built a brand and I booked enough clients to match my salary (25 weddings my first year to be exact) and I worked up until my wedding season started. I saved every penny I could and never, ever went into debt for my business.
If you have a job, don’t think it is holding you back, use it to help fund your dreams! Before you quit, make sure you are legit._ Take the time to register your business, make it legal, and get the word out. Marketing yourself in this phase is critical in gaining enough clientele to make the leap (and know the net will appear.) Having a job can help fund your endeavors when you are just starting out and ensure that you set yourself up for a successful entrepreneurial future.
Three years ago, at the age of 23, I left my windowless corporate office to be a full-time entrepreneur in an industry I was entirely self-taught in. My passion drove me to learn, grow, and refine my brand. I can’t imagine still being in the corporate world, I can’t imagine working for a boss, I can’t imagine doing anything other than what I am doing today (and part of that is teaching you!) If you are stuck in a stuffy cubical, know that I was there. It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be really hard but something tells me you can do it! Start making waves, friends. Get out and make this one life you are living count.
The world needs more people who have come fully alive, it just so happens that I am fully alive in yoga pants! Tell me, what are your greatest gaps in chasing your dreams, what is holding you back.