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! Back in 2013, Dara Skolnick decided to work with me to ease the transition of going from agency work to being a full-time freelancer. I’m so happy to see her thriving five years later, especially when she teams up with my designer and does amazing web development for me (selfish but true – ha)! I just can’t wait for you to meet her.
Why did you decide to work with me, a creative career coach?
I decided to work with you because I was about to make the biggest change of my whole career – jumping into full-time self employment! I knew what I wanted to do, but not exactly how to do it, so it felt really reassuring to work with someone who could help me break it all down and keep me accountable along the way.
I’d been thinking of making the jump from full-time employment to working for myself for a long time, and I tend to get stuck in overthinking and inaction when I’m thinking about making a big change. I knew I’d move a lot faster if I had someone like you to hold me accountable and keep me moving forward!
What were you doing work-wise when we started our sessions?
I was working as a web developer full-time at a digital agency. So, the work I was doing was similar from what I do now, but the way I did it was very different.
What was your biggest takeaway from our time together?
I think my biggest takeaway was that it’s so much easier to make a big change and run a biz when you’re not doing it alone! As a pretty solitary, introverted-ish type, that’s a lesson that I have to keep reminding myself of, still. 😛 It applies equally whether you’re just starting out, or have been at it for a while.
Was there anything else you tried to do as a career between the time we stopped our sessions and what you do for work now? If so, how did it inform your current business?
Nope, I pretty much knew what I wanted to do, and did it right away!
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?
Running your own biz might seem like a pipe dream/something only “other people” do, but you can totally do it too, even if you don’t feel like you have the “right personality” for it. I’ve learned that there are so many ways to run a business, and it doesn’t have to look like the way everyone else does it!
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
On top of doing my regular 1-on-1 web development client work, I’ve been working away on creating my first e-course for web developers. Also, I’m planning on taking my biz on the road next year! I have a business that allows me work from anywhere, so why not take advantage? I’m planning on living + working from Berlin for a bit – if David Bowie could do it, so can I 😉
Want to work with me one-on-one like Dara? I’ll be opening no-obligation applications to those on my waitlist next week-ish. Check out the details here and sign up to be the first to know. With super limited spots, I don’t want you to miss out!