I remember the months leading up to the big day. By the big day, I mean the day I had to walk into my bosses office and quit for the second time. You see I had left once before to pursue my dreams of becoming some big shot six figure earning outside sales rep at a Fortune 500 company. Within ten months of making that transition from small family owned business to corporate America, I realized that shit is for the birds and I am not a bird.
No offense to those of you that LOVE being a slave to quotas, cold calls and Tony Soprano like managers; it just wasn’t my jam.
Do you believe in signs, fate, divine intervention? Yeah I get it I was skeptical too until the one night, I was pretty much scolding God begging for him to offer me some guidance as to what I should do next. I was BEYOND lost, I had left a job with bosses I actually liked to go be a big shot and I was FAILING at it. Except I wasn’t actually failing I was excelling at my job; I just hated every single minute of it.
I kid you not, God hit me with an idea that night. “What if you could go back but in a different roll. Call them, ask them if you could step off the sales floor and into a marketing position.”
THE.VERY.NEXT.DAY my phone rang as I was on my way to a job interview I really didn’t want to go to. “Hey Jess, we know you have a lot going on with your new job and all but would you by any chance be interested in helping us part-time with our social media and digital marketing?”
God is real! He is listening, he is guiding, you just have to have those antennas up. If you are in need of change in your life ask for guidance don’t dwell in your misfortunes.
Less than 48 hours later, we met for lunch we talked through my needs and theirs. I accepted the position as their new Marketing Manager. I quit that sales job I hated so much the next day.
As you can see, the history made it hard to want to leave again. I loved my job but I was a mother now. Working in a busy retail setting just wasn’t working for me. Nights and weekends away from my family was taxing my heart. I hated missing so many precious moments. Enter God again.
“What if you created a business that allowed you to help other business owners with their digital marketing needs?”
In March of 2014, after much deliberation and anxiety leading up to the big day, I traded in my heels for happiness. Only this time I knew there was no going back. Plot twist, my bosses asked if they could be my first client. Good thing I showed up with a proposal prepared.
If you are out there considering starting a business, DO IT! Obviously, not everyone can just quit their job to start a business but that doesn’t mean you can’t get it going. Build it a little each day until you can walk away from your career.
Entrepreneurship requires a lot of sacrifice, and you will give a lot to get a little in the beginning but I have NEVER looked back. I will never look back.
Four years later, I am now the owner of two home-based businesses and home with my kids more than ever before. Freedom is the most beautiful gift you can give yourself and your family.
If you have any questions about how I got started in terms of the logistics of starting a business, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.