Um, do you know that I’ve coached hundreds of women since I started offering dream career guidance in 2008? And that these women are freakin’ rock stars, leaving soul-sucking jobs and traveling the world and launching creative, grown-up businesses and simply doing work that fits their lifestyle goals? Well ya do now – and you’ll hear their stories firsthand in my Client Case Studies series! Colleen O’Connor is a recent 90 Day Business Launch grad who snagged her first paying client just 1 month after launching her life coaching biz! Such a rock star, this one.
Why did you decide to sign up for 90 Day Business Launch?
Because launching a business terrified me! I had made the decision to become a life coach a couple of months before I got the email announcing 90 Day Business Launch from you and Laura Simms, and had been dreaming about what that could look like, but not actually planning. Your email felt like a sign – here was a program where I could get guidance from two awesome business coaches who had built their businesses from scratch! And what really sold me was the ongoing support, both from you and Laura and from the private Facebook group where all of the Launchers could hang out. I really thrive when I have group support and accountability.
What business did you launch, and how did you realize it was right for you?
I launched a life coaching business at thebravecouncil.com. I help single, smart, successful women stop waiting for a partner to make their dreams come true and live their bravest lives. What’s stopping you from living the life you want right now? I realized it was the right business for me by, wait for it, hiring a life coach to help guide me through the process of clarifying exactly what my dreams were! I had been thinking about becoming a coach for years, but needed help quieting the chatter from society, friends, family, and my own fears so I could hear what I truly wanted.
What was your biggest takeaway from 90 Day Business Launch?
Figure out what’s necessary versus what would be nice to have. Make a plan with the necessary items and stick to it! The important thing is to get your business out into the world and then you can tweak and beautify it as you go. Without the 90 Day Business Launch plan and guidance I would probably still be trying to find the perfect homepage picture and messing around with the graphic design of my newsletter, and, and, and before I launched. Instead, I already have a launched business and am bringing in paying clients. Can I still mess with my newsletter’s design? Absolutely! But I learned from you and Laura to do what’s necessary to the best of my (current) ability, get it out there, and then continue to build.
Put another way: don’t let your obsessive, perfectionist tendencies prevent you from launching your business and bringing in the money!
What would you tell someone now that was in your shoes when we first started working together? What’s your best “tip” to allow them to make a grown-up living doing what they love?
You can find a way to do it!
Before I got serious about my business and joined 90 Day Business Launch, I had a lot of thoughts running through my head that were telling me it wasn’t the “right” time to do it (like the “right” time exists!): I have six figures of student debt, a day job I have to keep for now so that I can have things like a roof over my head, I’m single, didn’t know anyone else who’d started their own business, didn’t know how to create a website… I can go on for quite some time listing things that went through my head before I took the plunge to launch my own business.
But those aren’t reasons; they’re excuses. It will be hard. It will be frustrating. But you can figure it out and It. Will. Be. Worth. It.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
Every day I do my best to practice what I preach: being brave. Right now I’m working on a free video series of bravery tips you can put into practice in the course of your regular life. And putting myself out on video scares the hell out of me! You can see how it all turns out soon on my website thebravecouncil.com and on Instagram @thebravecouncil.
And of course, I’m always accepting one on one clients! The personal work I do with clients is my favorite part of being a coach and I’m so looking forward to spreading the word and getting to watch more and more women blaze their trails through life.
Wanna get early access to 90 Day Business Launch (which would be good if you might want a spot, since it sold out in our early bird period for the last 2 times we offered it!) and access to our How to Launch Your Business in 90 Days webinar? Sign up here and you’ll be in like Flynn!