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! I have *loved* seeing Gawoon Chung‘s business evolve since she 90 Day Business Launch-ed it up with me in June of 2017. Back then, she knew that she wanted to “help clients brainstorm, organize, and outline their ideas for specific short-term projects they have in mind.” Less than 2 years later, she’s owning the title of Digital Designer + Project Manager like a true boss. Read on to learn how she did it, check out some new and helpful platforms, and see what she’s working on now! (Hint: her Gold Blogger templates are the shizz).
Why did you decide to work with me?
Prior to working with you, I saw my multi-passionate nature as a setback rather than an asset and wondered if any of my ideas could translate into an actual business. After taking your CreativeLive class online and reading about your tailored approach to coaching, I became more and more confident that you were the right person to work with to help me launch my business. I didn’t want to work with a general career coach; I wanted to work with someone who understood where I was coming from and was a multi-passionate creative herself. It was clear that you understood and celebrated the potential in multi-passionate creative women like me. (Also, you just seemed like a lot of fun to work with!)
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
I had quit my job at a media company about a year prior to working together and was on the fence about whether or not I should start my own business. Today, I work with creative entrepreneurs and small business owners to plan, design, and launch successful web projects from websites to promotional content. I am also a part-time UI Design student working to enhance my skills as a digital designer.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
My biggest takeaway is that while building a business takes time, it doesn’t have to be super complicated. Follow-through can sometimes be the hardest part about being a multi-passionate creative, but with your strategic advice, I was able to execute my ideas and clarify both my short-term and long-term vision. You distilled my hodgepodge of ideas into a structured but flexible business plan that, yes, I still refer to to this day!
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
It might feel scary and risky launching your own business or forging a new career path, but think about how much you risk by continuing to wait on your dreams. A lot can happen in a year. Take a chance on yourself and start today! And if you feel overwhelmed, remember that wonderful people like Michelle Ward exist. Find the people who “get” you and seek guidance when you need it.
Is there anything that’s been a game-changer for you when it comes to your business that you can share? We’d love a good resource or a mindset/productivity tip!
Processes! Create systems early on. For example, if you work with clients, have some sort of process in place (i.e. onboarding, milestones, offboarding, etc.).
Resources-wise, I highly recommend Dubsado, Asana, Trello, and/or, lately, Notion. I’m always testing out new apps and software to streamline my business, but those are my favorites. And if you find yourself writing the same emails over and over again, save some time by creating canned email responses with Streak (a free Chrome extension)!
Last, but not least, I try to remind myself every day that productivity has nothing to do with how much I get done. In fact, I try my best to focus on a 3 main tasks per week and only on the things that move the needle for my business.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
I recently launched a DIY Squarespace kit for bloggers and online business owners, which you can learn more about at gawoonchung.com/shop. This kit is for anyone who isn’t ready to invest in a web designer yet but would like to launch their website as soon as possible (without neglecting the design part). If you are interested in my custom web design services, I am booking projects for May 2019 onward (see gawoonchung.com/project-website-launch)!
Where can we find you and your work?
Ready to launch your dream business with me this summer? I’ve worked on sixty-seven 90 Day Business Launch plans (!) since the summer of 2016 – and I hope you’re next! Click here for program details & no-obligation application access ASAP. Spots are limited until I’m booked through the summer!