How I went from rock bottom to a baby and a business (continued)

Did you miss the first part of the story? Read it all here.

But just a few months after I changed jobs and significantly reduced my stress levels...I got pregnant! As my pregnancy progressed, I kept imagining what my life would look like after the baby arrived. The thought of bundling my precious little baby up in the cold, dark mornings, dropping her off at daycare, making a grueling commute in traffic to a dreary office where I spent half the day surfing the internet until 5pm because I’d already finished all my work, made me feel sick. Nothing about balancing career and motherhood seemed to make sense.

 

As I got closer and closer to my due date, I started to brainstorm how I might be able to use my decade of experience to do consulting work, so I could stay home with my little baby but also continue to earn money and do work I enjoyed.

 

I spent hours Googling how to start a business while I was at my day job but felt lost as ever and decided to hire a coach who’d been there, done that. Together we defined the type of work I could offer, who my ideal clients were, and how I could get them to hire me. During the last three months of my pregnancy, I worked double-time. I came home after my day job and sent dozens of emails to potential clients, refined my website portfolio, and eventually landed not one, not two, but three clients. 

 

Knowing that I had three ongoing clients, I had the confidence to leave my current job and cruise into maternity leave with the knowledge that I never had to go back after six or eight weeks like many of my friends.

Since then, I’ve chosen to build my business, grow to multiple six figures in revenue, bring on more clients, and hire a team to help manage them, all while having childcare for my now 2.5 year old daughter just three days a week.

1. Are you on the list? In our next email, I’m pulling back the curtain to share how I’ve achieved the elusive work-life balance. Click here to make sure you receive the next installment to your inbox!

 

2. Want to hear the story live? I shared tons more in several recent guest podcast episodes. Check them out!

 

3. TL;DR? I’m launching something awesome, starting in early August 2019. Find out everything here!

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