I felt it deep down. It was my way out of mediocrity and to increase my life and my daughter’s opportunities.
So I did it. I put together a pulled-together a rough plan on how I could be a freelancer and resigned. During my final days at the nonprofit, I sat in my office and drafted the ‘goodbye’ email to all my contacts and let them know that I would no longer be working there, who they should contact, and that I was starting my own business.
I felt scared and empowered at the same time. It was exciting, but I did hover on that send button for several minutes as the sweat broke out on my forehead. I knew this was my moment. I thought about my daughter and I also thought about my self-worth.
My finger hovered another second, and then I hit the send button, exhaling deeply. I looked at the orchids on the windowsill and reminded myself not to forget them as they were a gift from a colleague. They seemed to represent uniqueness, hope, and strength. I prayed silently that I had all these traits.
Then something caught my eye. I had a slew of emails in my inbox. Yes, some were ‘out-of-the-office’ replies, but all the rest were filled with wishes of congratulations.
Then the final one I opened (which was also the first one sent to me as a response) was a job offer. My point of contact from a government agency asked if I would be willing to write a grant for them and wanted to meet up as soon as possible.
The tears that I had been holding back, sprung to my eyes as this was the hope that I had wished for.
Since then, I have gotten these amazing word-of-mouth references. But I’ve also learned the ins-and-outs of how to run a business from the small corner of my house. Now my daughter is in the best private school in my community, I have paid off ALL my debts (including that nagging student loan), I earn six-figures every year, and I am able to choose who I want to work with.
It has been an amazing experience where I have also met some of the most positive and inspiring people in the world. And I have LEARNED and have GROWN so much in the process. Plus, I know coach so many others to get started and run a successful business!
Now I want to give back and to help others do the same thing, although not with a ‘thrown-together’ plan, but actually with a framework that works. So that you have more confidence and are actually earning money before you make a transition.
This is exactly like Karen. She wanted to increase her grant writing skills and learn all the ins and outs about running a successful grant writing business, but couldn’t figure it out and didn’t know what to do even if she did get the work.
I was able to walk her through how to write grants and give her a system and then she got two grants awarded and landed a grant reviewer gig.
And Omotola secured $50,000 in working only 8 months! Plus, she realized she loves coaching nonprofit clients the most and has redeveloped her company charging more than she ever imagined.