Safety first! I would never encourage my clients to take irresponsible risks. If you want to escape the rigid and sometimes diseasing system Social Workers have to work in, you have to make a solid plan. Here’s exactly how I did it. Hope it may inspire you!
This year my frustration about the job went to the top! I was sick and tired of not being seen, not being heard and not being valued. Frustration can be a great source of action. While frustration can keep you fixated, the action brings you forward. At the end of this year I knew I wanted to show up and be responsible for my own journey. For my own happiness.
In January I went to the Chamber of Commerce and my business was officially born. I still had my job: a 30 hour workweek as the CEO of a small Social Work organization. So I started to combine things. During that year I learned to set boundaries in my job because I knew I needed the time to set up my business.
In this first year I build an expensive website. That website had to bring me money by selling website ads.
It didn’t work.
2007 + 2008
I still had my job for 30 hours. I still had my mission to empower social workers. But I didn’t have customers. And I didn’t have revenue. I had really no clue what to do! Selling ads made me sad. This was not what I was supposed to do.
Frustration came back at my door. But I didn’t want to quit. My dream made me realize every day that I was needed. That I had to find a way to make it work.
In september 2009 my story makes a huge shift. A friend told me that I should learn more about marketing. First I refused. I’m a Social Worker and we don’t do marketing. But my friend was persistent and finally I surrendered. I took my first marketing class and it was a great relief.
I discovered that marketing is not dirty. I discovered a way of doing business that’s not salesy. I started practicing the things I learned and that got me immediate results: I got customers, they were happy and payed my invoices.
In 4 months I got so confident that I knew that my business was my future. That also meant that I knew that I had to quit my job.
Then fear came at my door. It was the fear of getting out of money. The only way to handle this was to make a safe plan.
In december I asked the salary administration to let me know what my salary would be if I worked 28 hours, 24 hours, 20 hours or 18 hours. I decided to go back to a 18 hour workweek. My salary would be less but I had the confidence that I could bring in money from my business when I was able to spend 20-30 hours per week on my business.
This year I worked so hard! 18 hour per week as a CEO and sometimes 40 hours per week in my business. But I knew what to do to bring in customers. Constant and consistent doing the right actions worked very well. I was dedicated and happy. This was rewarded with customers and revenue.
I payed myself a salary and together with the salary from my job my income stayed at the same level. The money that was left stayed on the bankaccount of my business to build a buffer.
I also made time to invest in myself and my transformation from Social Worker to Social Worker Entrepreneur. I worked with a mentor and followed more marketing classes.
This together brought me closer to my goal: quit my job and become a fulltime Social Worker Entrepreneur.
This was my year! In march I left my job. It was a huge victory. I had saved enough money to overcome eventually misery. So it finally felt safe to quit my job.
I’m happy and proud the way I did this. My business is established and still growing. I’m happy with my salary, love the hard working and very grateful for the love from my clients.
I wanted to share this with you because I know some of you too dream of quitting your job. What are the lessons you can learn from my story? How will this help you to take your next step? Please share this below in the comments.
Don’t give up. Do what you love!
Do you need help? Could you use a mentor too? I’m here to help you. I have training- and coaching programs to do this together.