In my seven years as a corporate banking analyst, I was trying to fit into a box that was totally out of alignment with my values. I always knew there was something deeper within me to share with the world. I longed for connection and meaning. I wanted to be appreciated for exactly who I am.
The corporate banking world felt empty. The more I learned to fit into it, the more money I made. I wasn't encouraged to be me, but rather who they wanted me to be.
I'm grateful that this felt fundamentally wrong, and that I finally had the courage to break free and start my own business. Once I made the decision that banking couldn't be my life's work, I found teachers and coaches who were forging their own way. It was as if I just needed to decide and put it out there, and then the Universe showed me the way by putting teachers, articles, books, and like-minded souls on my path.
Without my teachers and coaches, I wouldn't have created the lifestyle I live now. Without their encouragement and example, I wouldn't have even started.
The scariest thing is starting when you still don't feel SURE about what you're going to do. But that's the key above all else, you must just start!
I'll let you in on a secret: You'll probably never be 100% sure. Why? Because your mind likes to live in "I don't know land." It feels safer there. Even when you're a successful entrepreneur, most likely you'll still feel some semblance of I don't know if this is going to work.
So, the key is to live with that feeling and step through it.
I want to give you the five simple steps that helped me get started in my coaching practice and online business. This business gives me financial freedom and location independence (I live in gorgeous Tulum, Mexico) and provides inner fulfillment, to help others create a dream lifestyle for themselves.
1. Pick your niche.
Are you the one who coaches her friends through breakups, or health crises, or job changes? You feel like you can help with it all. And you can. But I’m going to encourage you to pick one of these areas and become an expert in it. Study it. Study the marketplace and what people need. Then look at coaches who are already doing it. If there’s a coach already doing it, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it, it means there is a market for your service!
2. Create space and resources.
To begin a business, you must be committed to making it work. That means creating time each day to devote to your work. If you’re still working a job to pay the bills, you can still pursue your dream lifestyle on the side. You'll just have to hustle for a while.
You’ll also need to start putting some funds aside to invest in your business. It doesn’t take much in the beginning, but you'll need to spend some money before you start making any. Trust it. If you don’t eventually put in 100% of your time, energy, and investment into making it work, it won’t.
3. Create a website, your online platform.
Now is the time to use the internet to share your gifts. Through this, you can help people worldwide.
How to start: