It wasn’t that long ago that I was a super ambitious corporate gal. I pushed myself to climb the corporate ladder, winning awards, traveling all the time and I loved it.
Things were getting easy, I was an expert, I had all the right answers or knew where to go to get them. I was confident in what I was doing, making the kind of money that showed it too. I was hitting all my goals, and even doing internal side projects with marketing and operations. I had no fear that I was going to have continued success if I remained focused and stayed the course.
I was faced with a tough decision though when my husband left his job and started his own consulting business. He was in high demand; he needed more help at home with the family and some light back office help. Plus, although my kids were pretty self-sufficient my youngest needed help at home, and my teenager wanted me present her last year of high school. My demanding job and travel schedule was creating conflicts that none of us anticipated.
After a long discussion about what we wanted our family and daily life to look like, we made the decision my time was best spent being present for the family. I realized that a once loved and coveted corporate job was no longer serving my family the way it once did. I needed it to make sense for me to stay, and it no longer did, so after eight years I left.
At the same time, my daughter was in her final year of high school. Much of my drive, push, and focus was to provide a better life for her. My “why” was built around providing her a better life, and that was done. I accomplished that; she made it, we celebrated that 18-year goal when she graduated with all our family and friends surrounding us.
What we didn’t expect was that my friends and former clients wanted to work with me. I was being asked to speak at events, teach at their training sessions, and to leverage my sales and technology expertise for other people’s businesses. Initially, I turned down these offers unsure I wanted to go down that path, and lacking the personal confidence that I could go this alone without the backing of a big corporation validating my ideas.
In time though I started meeting with a few friends initially and quickly realized I knew a lot more than what I realized. Soon a 1-hour coffee chat was turning into 3 – 4 hours at a Starbucks helping people plan marketing strategies, revising pricing and product descriptions, or editing all the copy for their website. I had no website, no plan, I was just working for free coffee for the fun of it.
The craziest thing was helping a friend realize she was going after the wrong types of clients. We spent 3 hours revising her website to adjust and better target her ideal customer.
That was when I realized I could help small business owners apply so much of what I already knew to help them grow their businesses. Each person had walked away feeling so relieved gushing for days after how helpful our time together was. Also, they started seeing their business change, and grow.
My ah-ha moment was their feedback coupled with the realization I did that and was still meeting my family’s needs. Hello, crockpot and a cup of coffee!
Today I help small business owners, professionals, and creatives, define and build systems, and software that assist them to streamline their growth plans for their business.
Caffeinated Possibilities allows me to teach small business owners the importance of leveraging technology in their business to get ahead. Plus I’m able to share with them all the ways I’ve learned to keep a positive mindset, find a community, be accountable, and celebrate successes during this process and with them. It’s unbelievable how many passionate business owners just need a little bit of help and encouragement to get over those major hurdles holding them back from the next level of their business.
If you could use some help getting your head wrapped around your goals and figure out how to implement winning strategies in your business you should schedule a coffee chat to see if it makes sense for us to work together.
I’m pumped for 2017 for the launch of my Tidy Up Your Biz class in March of 2017, my community Coffee Shop and my series of mini courses. Right now I’m looking for a few speaking engagements and collaborations for 2017 & 2018!
This massive shift out of the corporate world helped me get in tune with my passions. Unexpectedly by letting go of the insane death grip I had on MY path, MY goals, and MY vision, I was able to carve out a new path. I am now able to assist my family further so we can pursue our dreams, and support each other day to day.
P.S. I have a hand full of coffee chats just to visit and get to know each other available on my calendar each week. Snag one so we can get to know each other better!
P.P.S. I leave these times available for those who want to genuinely connect with others. This is how I build community and learn about others. I won’t pitch you ever, so I’d be really disappointed if you used one of those coffee chat slots to pitch me.