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These entrepreneur tips just may help you finally fire your boss and escape the office/cubicle prison this year. I hope they do encourage you to do so.
It is a Monday morning as I am writing this, from my living room. It’s calm and quiet and I am feeling relaxed knowing I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I have nowhere else to be but here at my blog, and that feeling is so good.
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But it wasn’t always like that. Before I quit my job to blog fulltime, before I was an entrepreneur, Mondays used to be something I dreaded. Mondays used to mean that the tiny fleck of freedom I experienced over the weekend had now come crashing to an end.
Mondays meant having to wake up early to a screaming alarm to then force a ‘refreshed’ face with layers of makeup. They meant having to leave home to ride a noisy smelly bus and then sit in a depressing office all day. They meant wasting life away in a cubicle slaving for someone else’s success instead of my own.
Something that I love getting to do here at HerPaperRoute.com, is to share the stories and entrepreneur tips of other female hustlers. I especially love the ones who have carved out their own style of entrepreneur success.
Amy Clair of BeTheOrganicU is here today to share 11 entrepreneur tips, and her story of how she escaped cubicle prison and reached her own entrepreneur freedom:
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11 Entrepreneur Tips – Escape Cubicle Prison This Year
- Only you can make a change in your circumstance. So, take back control and make a stand for what you want, even if it’s a complete career shift.
- Don’t let others tell you what you should and shouldn’t do. It’s your new business. Of course, get advice but you make the final decision.
- Identify what you want from the business, what you’re willing to put into the business, so you can find the right business for you.
- Explore the options to see what’s out there. Look at your various interests and how they might be incorporated into a business.
- Set goals so you have a clear path to success
- Be Organized. The more organized you can stay, the more focused you can be. That focus will keep you on track to reach your goals.
- Create the long-term plan, a year or two. Then create the monthly plan to support the yearly plan. Then create the weekly plan and if needed even a daily plan. And check your progress against the plan. This will keep you on track.
- Know your target audience. Find out if people are actually interested in your product or service. Define who your perfect customer would be. Where do they shop, where do they eat, what are their buying habits? Run a test to the market to see if you’re correct.
- Build a support network. You’ll need a group of supporters, partners, allies, vendors, advisors. Don’t expect that you can be jack of all trades. It’s ok to rely on others for skills that you don’t have.
- Give your customers value. COme from a place of serving others. People don’t like to be “sold” no matter how good the product is. Instead give them some of your best value for free through serving others. This will instill trust in you and make your customers more loyal.
- And most of all listen to your intuition.
Entrepreneur Tips: How A Frustrated IT Manager Went From Cubicle Prison To Entrepreneur Freedom
Written by guest writer Amy Clair of BeTheOrganicU
I had gone to college, gotten the degree, graduated and thought I was on my way to success in the IT field. But doesn’t that depend on your definition of success? Does success include being happy with yourself?
I was raised with the notion that that success meant the traditional college route, not the rouge entrepreneurial route.
So, off to my corporate cubicle I went. But …I had always known that I wanted to run something of my own, but what? I didn’t have that figured out.
I tried starting my own side business several times over the years. I had gotten into a few MLM’s that didn’t pan out for me. Then I tried independent consulting within my corporate field.
This worked financially but after 10 years I got tired of always looking for that next client while working for the current client. My last attempt was to start a headwear company for motorcycle riders.
The designs we came up with were great but mass production isn’t easy to get into. So, I stayed in the corporate world a lot longer than I should have for my own liking.
While dabbling in all of the above opportunities, I worked my way up to management at an international company with a team in the US, Asia, and Europe.
Is This Success? If So, Then Why Am I So Miserable?
I would go to work during the US workday, do my full day of work. I’d come home to have a quick dinner then get on the phone with Asia because 6:00 PM PST is 9:00 AM in Asia. They would just be starting their workday.
I’d spend the next three or four hours on the phone with Asia, working with the team over there. And then some days I’d have to get up really early in order to have calls with Hamburg, Germany with the team there.
Putting in a 16 to 20 hour/day schedule day after day, week after week, month after month just isn’t sustainable. I was being squeezed at both ends.
I had had enough because it was interrupting a normal work/life balance. I didn’t have time to do anything that needed to be done around the house, do things with family…you know, take care of the things that I would normally want to do in the evenings after work.
I’d have to collect all those tasks and cram them into the weekend! I would spend the weekend being just as busy as I was at work during the week. So even the weekend wasn’t time to relax.
It wasn’t time to distress. It wasn’t time to rejuvenate myself in order to be ready to manage the following week, starting Monday morning fresh.
OK, so enough is enough. There’s got to be a better way to live, to have what you want and be more relaxed about it…not be so crazy busy! I started thinking about being that rouge Entrepreneur again.
According to a Gallop poll 85% of the workers hate their job. They do what they need to get by, but the passion is gone. It was good to know I wasn’t alone in the way I was feeling.
Entrepreneur Tips: Online Business Supports An Offline Business
I’ve always wanted to turn my property into a homestead and learn to grow some of my own organic foods. But that takes daylight hours when most business work is done.
So, I started looking for another way. How could I become an entrepreneur, using my business experience, my management experience, but get into a new career that was poised to carry me into the future?
What I discovered through my research is that the retail world is shifting. Brick and mortar businesses are having trouble competing with online companies.
So, starting an online business makes the most sense, especially if I could take back control of my time and schedule my life the way I decide.
This would allow me to spend some daylight hours working outside and schedule my business hours at other times. The internet is always open.
Entrepreneur Tips: Always Be Learning
I dug a little deeper and found plenty of online opportunities to choose from. I began learning social media advertising. I was thinking that’s kind of cool because everything’s moving to the Internet anyway.
So, it made sense to me that that was the way to go and I learned that it takes about 30 to 45 days to learn these new skills and start placing ads.
I was thinking that’s not too much time to get a new business off the ground, to see if I can really do this for me. And I don’t have to take the risk of leaving my corporate job until I’m successful.
So, I looked into it even further and learned that when you place your ads on social media, somebody answers those ads, and I get paid the commission for that sale. Affiliate marketing!
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An Affiliate Marketing Entrepreneur Is Born
Affiliate marketing means that you hook up with the manufacturer that wants their product sold over the Internet, you place ads finding the perfect audience, (the people that want those products) and the commission you get is for putting together the sale transaction.
My thoughts? Well that’s new and innovative! That’s kind of cool! I wouldn’t mind getting into that. So, I jumped in and I started doing all the training I could find.
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In 7 months I was able to build my business to the point I could leave my corporate job! There was a light at the end of the tunnel!! July 7 2017 was my last day of cubicle life!
That’s when Be The Organic U, my company, was born. I realized that the term organic didn’t just apply to food.
On a larger life scale, ‘organic’ is designing the different parts of your life so that they are each managed in a stress-free healthy way. When these organic parts are all in sync, your life is more balanced, you feel more whole, with stronger mental clarity and physically energized.
The passion had returned!
It’s just amazing to me what this business allows me to do because now I have the time to do all those things in the evening that I never had time for at my corporate job. I only need to spend two or three hours a day working my business, keeping things growing. The time freedom is even better and more meaningful!
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Entrepreneur Life Allows Yourself The Freedom For…Life
I have time to do planting around my property. I have time to take care of the chickens and the dogs. I have time to get to the many projects I’ve been dreaming about. It’s just been the best thing that I’ve ever done.
The hen house is built providing us with fresh eggs each morning. I’ve been experimenting with growing herbs in the kitchen while I continue to plan my organic garden. The mini-orchard is growing nicely with 4 kinds of citrus.
Homesteading might not be your thing like it is mine. The important thing is to find what you are passionate about and then look for a way to make it happen for yourself.
Entrepreneur Tips: Pay It Forward
Now I’m giving back, paying it forward … I provide the skills to an organic path of health, wealth and time freedom to people who want out of their 9-5 work environment in a life-changing way. So that they can take back control by planning their work around their life instead of planning their life around their work.
This allows the freedom to homestead, be stress-free, be healthy, and have time to spend on what’s most important to them.
If you are interested in reading my articles about my homestead experiences and my personal journey switching to an organic, almost vegan diet, click here to take a look for yourself.
I’d be glad to pass the skills forward to you just like they were passed forward to me and get you started on your journey.
But most of all … just Be The Organic U and Feed Your Soul.
After working in the corporate world for 25 years, Amy took back control of her life and made the career move to Entrepreneurship in the Affiliate Marketing industry. This gives her the time, flexibility, and income to create and manage her homestead. She is a published author and Founder of Be The Organic U. She was featured on Chick Flic’s blog in 2016. She was published in Chickens Magazine in the January/February 2017 issue. And her first book, AZ Chicken Raising, was published in April 2018 and can be found on Amazon. Connect with Amy via BeTheOrganicU and Facebook.
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