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3 Lies We Tell Ourself When We Know It Is Time to Move On

 
 

Moving on can either mean, moving on to your “Bridge Job” (If you’re not sure what a "Bridge Job" is you can read my blog post here), taking action on your business idea or getting serious about your side hustle so you can ultimately position yourself to make The Leap

Deciding to leave your comfort zone (in this case your current job) is a personal choice and a personal journey. Everyone goes at their own pace and only YOU can decide what is best for you and when is the right time.

For me I said that I “wanted to quit my job” for months before mustering up the courage to leave and find my bridge job. Looking back there were 3 key lies I kept telling myself but should have taking as a signs that it was time to move on sooner. 

 

1. More Bad Days than Good Days

Lie We Tell Ourselves: “I’m going to have bad days regardless of where I work or what I do. That’s just how it is supposed to be.”

Not true. It certainly can be that way if you want it to be or if you chose for it to be that way. I remember feeling guilty for wanting to “get out” of the rat race and “Who I am to be that person that is fortunate enough to actually do what I love?” I used to see other people enjoying what they were doing but thought that could never be me. Until I met one of my mentors, Adam Carroll also known as "AC." AC showed me that you can indeed live a life that lifts you up and still do the work that lights you up.

Takeaway: Start to surround yourself with people who are where you want to be and doing what you want to be doing because you cannot be what you cannot see.

 

2. Conversations with co-workers that always results in negative talk

Lie we tell ourselves: "Every company has its issues. I feel better when I vent anyway."

And while that might be true that you feel better when you vent but not needing to vent at all is much better. First, no company is perfect. Not even the one you build as an entrepreneur. But there’s a major difference between complaining and discussing a topic that involves a solution. It may feel good to vent but it creates a toxic environment. Because every time you’re around your co-workers all you do is talk about work and it becomes draining. Some of it may be the environment of your work and some of it may be the people. For me it was the environment, not the people. 

Takeaway: Protect yourself from negative talk and focus on refraining yourself as much as possible. Also note that it may be a sign to find a different environment (aka...JOB).

 

3. Working to the point our mental and physical health suffers.

Lie we tell ourselves: “I’m important because I'm so busy because my work is sooo important.” (<---that would be your ego talkin’ my friend ;)

 The idea of having a job that requires long hours all. The. time. May sound important but when we start sizing up how many hours we work it is usually a sign that we have nothing else to measure like how much we value the work we do and the impact it has or dare I say...enjoy the work we do.

Also, when you’re working towards something you care about you don’t even pay attention to the number of hours you work or frankly have time to share how quote un quote BUSY you are. Because it doesn’t matter. And girlfriend ain't got time for that!

Whether you work a corporate job or are building a business there will absolutely be times where you work more than other times.. what I'm asking is...are you working so much that it is never ending work that depletes your motivation for anything and everything, numbs you emotionally and changes who you are (and not in a good way). And especially for women, our hormones and adrenals get out of wack because we've deprived ourselves of sleep, eating foods that nourish us and working out becomes a distant dream and then it becomes a vicious cycle.

 

If you've ever told yourself any of these lies, I get you. I was there too. I promise you that it is possible to enjoy what you do everyday, to be surrounded by positive people all while being healthy. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have a wonderful week!

xo,

Amanda

 

 

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Top 5 Books Every Entrepreneur Needs to Read

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Hello friends!

First of all, choosing only 5 top books was really hard. I absolutely love reading so when I forced myself to narrow it down to a digestible amount of books to read (in this case 5) it wasn't easy.

So here, on this blog post I'm listing the top 5 books I would start with as an entrepreneur and then at the bottom of the page I created a massive list of books that either I recommend or the guests who've come on the show have recommended. 

Ready?

Okay, here we go!

 

1. "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown 

Why I love this book? 

Because it is real and it is raw. As an entrepreneur we put ourselves out there, in the "arena" where we bare it all. It isn't easy to do but by doing so and having the courage to do something we believe in is what allows us to live our dreams. And when you're doing it, it can be extremely scary, lonely and confusing. 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
— Theodore Roosevelt

2. "Essentialism" by reg McKeown

Why I love this book? 

I read this book 4 years ago and it is even more relevant today. With information overload and especially in the early stages of starting and growing your own business it is easy to confuse stuff, noise with revenue generating activities. How do you eliminate and understand the essentials in life and business.

 

3. "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill

Why I love this book? 

This book is a compilation of what makes a person successful including strong beliefs, vision and their thoughts. Napoleon makes the case that it is our thoughts that produce all our results in life. I talk about it in one of my "5 Minute Friday's" HERE. It has completely changed the way I think today. Helped me understand my limiting beliefs and how I can change my thinking to change my world.

 

4. "Profit First" by Mike Michalowicz

Why I love this book? 

If you're thinking about starting a business or already have one, this book is everything. Mike walks through the mindset and how to build in profitability. He also provides actionable steps to take, no just theory; like open separate bank accounts for profit, operating, taxes and payroll to help manage money flow. Definitely must read. 

 

5. "4 Hour Work Week" by Tim Ferriss 

Why I love this book? 

I'm a massive fan of Tim Ferriss and his work but why I love this book is because he provides simple examples and demonstrations on how to get more done by outsourcing, automating and systematizing , allowing you to live more or your life. It is a great read when starting out. 

 

Those are my top 5! If you're feeling REAL ambitious (and of course you are!) I encourage you to download The Ultimate Book List that includes additional recommended books by myself and guests from the podcast around mindset, productivity, self-help, operations and more!

 

 

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5 Ways to Make Money on the Side to Help Start Your Business

Take advantage of the extra hours and even minutes in your day to earn extra cash to put towards starting your business whether that is building up a savings, investing in equipment, a coach or education. 

Sleep one hour less, say "no" to a happy hour and let's get to work!

Here are 5 ways to make money on the side to help start your business. 

 

1. Become a Virtual Assistant

One of my good gal pals and former O.G. to She Did It Her Way, Molly Rose has been a VA (Virtual Assistant) to entrepreneurs all across the globe for the past 4 years. She started out small and grew her business to the point it has replaced her corporate income and then some. Bonus! Being a VA let's you be location independant so that means you can work from wherever you want. Molly has legit traveled the world all while working and making money.

If you're not familiar with what a VA is or services a VA can offer then make sure you check out Molly's online course that teaches people how to be a VA. 

Check it out right here.

Once you're on the site, click on the "Featured Course" to learn more.

 

2. Freelance Writing

I have plenty of friends in my network who either freelance for a living or do it as a way to make more money on the side of they full-time gigs. Freelance writing is a great way to gain exposure, practice your skills and of course make income on the side. 

Here are a 4 websites to help get you started in exploring opportunities:

 

3. Create a Profile on Upwork

This is a great option if you’re someone who has a unique skill and something you could offer to people. Create a profile on Upwork and get a gig. There are so many services and opportunities out there from graphic design, to digital marketing, to copywriting, you name it! If you’re not sure what you would offer, hop on the site and take a look through the jobs that are already out there to give you ideas.

 

4. Sell Your Stuff....seriously! 

I’m a minimalist at heart and about two years ago I started getting serious about purging my belongings and trimming down to only essentials. Through that process I found a ton of stuff that I was able to sell and make some serious cash from it.

Websites that I’ve used:

Ebay

Letgo (app)

Consignment stores

Go through your belongings and make a pile of all the things you don’t need or want anymore. Then determine what is sellable and what is donation. With the stuff that is sellable go online and determine an appropriate price. Take good pictures and provide a good description of the product to increase the chances of a sale. I've made thousands of dollars selling stuff online that I didn't want.

 

5. Reach out to your network and offer services

Contact your network asking them if they need help with anything, especially small business owners. This is a chance for you to make money on the side and learn a new skill or practice the one that you already have.

View it as a learning opportunity. You never know what people need help with. Don’t be afraid to ask. You never get what you don’t ask for.

 

Let me know if you do any of these! I would love to hear how it all goes!

Thanks for following along!

XX,

Amanda

 

 

 

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What's a bridge job? And why is it important to starting your business.

This post is for the person who wants to start their own business but cannot find the time or energy outside of their corporate job because they work 12+ hours a day, on top of a commute, on top of life.

I get you. I was there too.  

My first job out of college was working in Target stores as an Executive Team Leader in West Des Moines, IA. The days were extremely long, very intense and it was difficult to find energy and time to want to do anything but escape through movies, socializing or catch up on sleep when I wasn’t at the bullseye working.

Within 6 months of working at Target I knew that it (as in the corporate world) wasn’t for me long-term but I wasn’t sure what next steps looked like.  

10 months into my role I had hit a breaking point. Around that time I had been battling with myself mentally. It felt a little like this.....

I didn't know what I wanted but I knew that I didn't want to be where I was.  

Also within the first 10 months of my new role I was performance managing 2 of my direct reports that consisted of weekly coaching sessions, securing additional training for them all while finishing any work that was unfinished from said direct reports day in and day out.

It wasn’t until I had worked 13 out of 14 days that I found myself sitting at my kitchen table on a Monday evening after being Leader On Duty at 7pm, eating dinner in the dark listening to a sermon... that I had finally broken down.  

"It was then that I drew a line in the sand and made the decision that I was going to leave. I had no clue what was next but it was in that moment I found much needed relief."

 It was a struggle to make that decision. I spent days with one foot on the dock and one foot on the boat going back and forth. I knew that if I stayed for one more 18-month rotation after my first role there was a good chance that I would have gotten my own store, made six-figures at the age of 25 but on the other hand, my soul felt empty and I couldn’t ignore the voice inside.

It was then when I made the decision to leave that opportunities started popping up. I was ready to leave.  

I had found my bridge job. I took a position at Wells Fargo as an HR Recruiter through a 3rd party agency. I took a pay cut, forfeited my benefits including retirement and PTO and picked up a part-time job at a local gym so not only could I get a free membership, make some extra cash but I took advantage of the slow times to read...a ton.

The job that is going to bridge you from where you’re at now and where you want to be. Ultimately that bridge job lead me to where I am today.

If you want to quit your job and start a business don’t get discouraged about how. Take baby steps. Often times when people quit their job it is because there’s been months of tiny decisions setting themselves up to be in the position to start their business.

Is there another role or job you could do that can give you hours back to your life, skills that you'll eventually need for when you start your own business?

 

 

 

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Want to quit your job and start a business? Read this first.

 
 

Quitting your job and starting a business is easier said than done. There are a lot of emotions that come into play not to mention the whole, "How am I going to eat and pay myself?" conversation. I've worked, mentored, coached people into leaving their 9-5 and starting a business. I've seen what works well and what doesn't work. 

The thing to know is that leaving your job and launching a successful company can be done. Here are a few key pointers and questions to ask yourself before quitting your job:

What's your comfort level?

The only thing certain about entrepreneurship is that it can be unpredictable, especially in the beginning.

In the beginning you’re still figuring everything out from your product offering, target market, your marketing strategy, your expenses, what a normal day looks like, consistent clients and no day is ever the same. Your income is usually never the same either. You have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable and have the persistence along with the patience to ride the wave that all entrepreneurs experience in the beginning.

What do your monthly expenses look like?

This is so important. Before you do anything tally up your monthly expenses and see what amount you need to clear in order to survive every month especially in the beginning. Monthly expenses can include rent/mortgage, car payment, insurances (renter’s/home owner’s, health, car, dental), student loans, utilities,  food, going out, phone (this may look different if you have a family). It is vital to know what you’re working with.

When I quit my job I had the luxury of doing so at a younger age; no family or kids although I had just about every other expense listed above including a student loan payment that could have passed for a rent payment ;)

You have to do what is best for you and everyone's situation is different.

Where there is a will, there is a way
 

How much do you have saved?

No amount is the right amount because everyone is different. We all live in different cities, have different expenses. The important piece is to ask yourself, “What am I most comfortable with?” And it also depends what is on the other side for you when you quit your job. When I left my corporate job and started freelancing I had a seven month project ahead of me so having a large savings wasn’t something I believed I needed, but again everyone is different. I highly recommend having anywhere from 3-6 months of savings to support yourself because you can’t predict the future, you can only influence it. Having a savings is like having an insurance policy.

The last thing you want to do is think about how you’re going to eat while building up your business. Having to think about basic needs during that time will take away from your ability to be creative and grow your business.

Once you figure out how much you need on a monthly basis, times that by how many ever months you think you need in order to be comfortable.

What are you doing on the side?

Depending on how serious you are with quitting your job and pursuing entrepreneurship this may look different.

The most successful people I’ve seen, who have quit their job to pursue their own business are the ones who launched their business while working their 9-5. These folks became laser focused with their side hustle and extremely disciplined with their time outside of their 9-5. They worked a few hours on their side-hustle before going into work, worked their 9-5 and came home to work more on their side hustle. 

Building up a side hustle takes focus, persistence and work. You will find yourself saying no to happy hours, foregoing weekend events and not going out because you want to be an entrepreneur and you understand that short term sacrifice is worth the long term gain.

Expenses to factor in when you’re an entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur has its own set of expenses like figuring out your own health care insurances (especially if you’re single). If you go through the government exchange as a single person with the lowest quality package who is fairly healthy, you could be looking at anywhere from $260 - $300 a month, not including dental. Dental can be anywhere from $40-80 a month depending on what you chose.

Disability insurance is another one. You may have been receiving disability insurance as part of your benefit package from your employer but when you start your own business, you are your employer. I can’t stress it enough to have some form of disability insurance. Disability is for if something were to happen to you that made you unavailable for work this way you would still have some form of income paid out to you so you could live.

Lastly, taxes. For every dollar your business brings in set aside roughly 20-30% for taxes (this percentage may vary depending upon your income and how you incorporate). Create a separate checking out for taxes that way when it comes time to pay your quarterly taxes you have money set aside.


Create a plan

So you’re working your 9-5 and you want to start your own business, now is the time to make a plan. To help you get started, consider the following:

  • Monthly expenses

  • What do I want the next 3-6 months look like?

  • How will I structure my days

  • What am I saying yes to and no to?

 

Remember, no one is the same.

I've worked with people that were able to leave their job in 6 months, others it took almost two years to get themselves in a position to where they felt comfortable. Remember, everyone is different and no one is the same. But the sooner you get started, the sooner you get started. 


 

Podcasts to help get you going:

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Want to be featured on She Did It Her Way website?

Hello hello loves!

Happy Wednesday! There is so much energy flowing through my body I cannot wait to share so much of what I've been learning over the past month in tomorrow's solocast....so stay tuned!

Today's blog post is semi blog post, semi asking for help. I want to feature women who have taken the leap to start their own business so that they can share their wisdom with other women who are thinking of taking the LEAP themselves. 

I call the transition from corporate to entrepreneurship: The Lead Up, Leap and Land (more on this later!). But for now if you're someone who has quit your job to pursue entrepreneurship, and haven taken the LEAP we would LOVE to hear from you. 

All you have to do is fill out the form below :)

Ahhh this is going to be amazing! Can't wait and thank you guys!

 

Love,

Amanda

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How hungry are you?

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Forget about what everyone else is doing. All that matters is what YOU are doing. Forget about what everyone else has whether it is a successful business, a nice home, a nice care, freedom, flexibility, financial abundance. What matters is what YOU have and what YOU are doing.

We all face headwinds in life. We all have our own struggles. Which oftentimes is what we identify with. “I’m this way because of BLANK (insert a struggle).”

What we fail to recognize most of often (again, not all the time) but we undervalue the tailwinds that help us. Leaving us ungrateful and unhappy.

If we’re not careful we can let our headwinds define us, leaving us in a victim mindset. I know this because I’ve been in this mindset before. I used to let many things victimize me when I was younger.

Only as I got older I learned that it wasn’t productive, nobody cared and it wasn’t going to lead me to a successful life.

 

But what’s the single most important key to success?

 

It’s hunger.

 

Hunger trumps ego. Hunger is a muscle.

 

Biography is not destiny.

 

Hunger creates destiny.

 

How hungry are you to get where you want to go?




 

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My 3 Favorite Money Management Tools

Happy Wednesday! First Wednesday of April - can you believe it? We have officially entered the second quarter of the year. Woah. Today’s post is inspired by my spring cleaning of my finances this past weekend and getting to learn more about the money management tools I already use. I enjoy tools that are intuitive and help me make my life more simple.

 

MINT

Mint has been around for quite a few years ago. I remember when I first got introduced to Mint and thinking,

“What, you want me to connect ALL my accounts from student loans, credit cards and bank accounts to one location?”

It freaked me out a bit at first from a security standpoint but also thinking about how much time it was going to consume to import an learn a new system. (INSERT pole vaulting over mouse turds here aka I was making up something bigger in my mind than what reality was.) 

Once I got over those two fears and took time to link all my accounts, set budgets, it made it so easy to login to my Mint account and get my financial snapshot in one click. They also have a super easy to use app as well. Plus, every month they update your credit score which is pretty neat too. Or at least I think so!

This past weekend I set new budgets as some goals were accomplished and new goals were set. Mike (my fiance) and I both did this. We also talked about what are plans are for when we get married and how we want to manage budgets. Would love to hear what’s worked well for you guys reading this post too!

I use Mint for my personal finances only.

 

GOOGLEDOCS

Good ole GoogleDocs. Before I fully committed to Mint I built my budget via a Google Doc. I wrote out all my monthly fixed expenses and put the date in which they were deducted from my account. I think put a budget on the variable expenses - think grocery and clothes shopping, gifts, travel or anything that changes month-to-month.

I manually monitored this every month by hand and comparing to my bank accounts about every other day. The goal is to not make it so complicated you overwhelm yourself. Baby steps!

I have used GoogleDocs for both personal and business in the beginning.

 

FRESHBOOKS

I’ve used a handful of bookkeeping systems for my business in the past; Xero, Quickbooks, 17 hats, you name it. I believe the key to finding one that works for you is doing your research. Different types of industries may be better for one bookkeeping system over the other. Freshbooks is perfect for my consulting practice and She Did It Her Way. Invoices are a breeze to create, easy and simple interface and a lot of it I can do it all from my app. Plans start as low as $15 if you’re just starting out. Having a bookkeeping system makes tax season painless.

Plus, their customer service is AMAZING.

 

What are some of your favorite money management tools?

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3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Health as an Entrepreneur

3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Health as an Entrepreneur

Hi friends!

Okay, here we are. Blog post uno. Remember how I said in this episode I wanted to starting writing more for She Did It Her Way, welp I’m doing it. My goal was to publish two posts in the month of March but it looks like I will be posting one. And hey! That’s okay! I’m so excited that I’m getting at least ONE out instead of NONE. 20 minutes of working out is better than zero minutes of working out, right?

Life lately has been a bit crazy - in a good way. Although I can’t help but ignore the amount of stress my body has physically and mentally endured. From back to back Europe trips (while it may sound glamorous I was over there for work and the days were super long and required a ton of energy. None the less, still grateful for the opportunity), managing business banking accounts, to planning a wedding, still maintaining a workout routine, it gets to be a lot at times. I have no doubt that many of you if not all of you can relate to what I’m talking about!

 

MEDITATE

Meditating has been a game changer for me. I can tell a major difference when I do and don’t do it. It makes me calmer, helps me focus on the task at hand while being present and my mind is so much more at ease. I use the Headspace app because it guides me through different mediations from being healthy, focus to creativity. If you’re someone who is unsure of meditation, I get you.

Before I started I was super resistance to the idea of sitting in silence for 10 minutes and wondering how in the world it was going to benefit me. What I can tell you is that if you can get your mind in the right place before you do anything for the day, your day will be in the right place. Try 10 sessions for free with Headspace. <---this is what I use and love it ;)

 

SWAP OUT FRUITS FOR VEGGIES

Say whattt? I know, crazy right. Almost every morning I have a smoothie and it wasn’t until I started following Lee From America that I was inspired to replace my banana and mangos with frozen cauliflower and avocados. Did you know you can actually build up a resistance to bananas? I didn’t. While my smoothies now aren’t as sweet as before, that’s okay. I’m more focused on maintaining consistent energy levels throughout the day so I can get more work done and not crash.

 

TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

With traveling a lot, changing time zones, it can put a ton of stress on your body, physically and emotionally. Sometimes you don’t even know it. About a year ago I noticed my energy was always low, I felt drained all the time. I’m a healthy eater for the most part. If you ask my close friends they may tell you that I’m too self aware of my body but that blog post for another time ;) so I was utterly confused as to why I was feeling this way.

My friend Stephanie Grutz, who came on the podcast, and whom I trust is a holistic nurse practitioner, prescribed to me probiotics (for gut) and adrenal fatigue pills. As women our adrenals play a massive role in our energy levels and indirectly impacting our ability to get sh*t done. Steph is amazing and has her own line of vitamins which you should check out! (and no, this is not sponsored, I just love and trust Steph :D)

 

What are ways you stay healthy as an entrepreneur?

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