Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Maybe you even had thoughts of turning your hobby into a full-time business…one day. Then it happened! You got to a point in your career where you couldn’t take it anymore. Your day job was sucking the life out of you. The steady pay and benefits were good, but it didn’t seem like enough anymore. Trying to adequately take care of work, yourself, your partner and your kids at the same time seemed nearly impossible. Something had to give, so you walked into your boss’ office and announced those two little words, “I quit!”
Whether you gave 2 weeks’ notice or walked out the door that day, it was time for you to embark on a new chapter in your career: entrepreneurship. Then it hit you! I don’t have a plan. How am I going to feed myself? How am I going to take care of my family? What am I going to do? First, you’re going to calm down and honor your feelings. You quit for a reason. Something wasn’t working, so you listened to your gut. But you need a plan if you’re going to make this work. This checklist is a starting point. In it, I list 10 things you can do right now to quickly identify your strengths, set your rates and start getting clients.