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! Jaime Foucher wrapped up Discover Your Dream Business in August, and she already launched her facilitation and consulting business, Innovation Trench! And while she has no plans to leave her day job, she’s happier at work, loving the side hustle life, & is already booking client work and speaking gigs. Get ready for the shot of inspiration you’re looking for!
Why did you decide to work with me?
I got so much out of the course you created for Creative Live on building a dream career. Then I was getting awesome value of of the content you were sharing in your blog and newsletters. I came to realize I needed more help to fine tune my vision, and I felt like you would have really valuable information and would be fun to work with. Fun, effective and insightful help is what I needed.
What were you doing work-wise when we started working together – and what are you doing now?
I was employed full time in a corporate position and still am. For me, this journey is about taking that someday dream of consulting and having my own business and making it happen sooner. I had this fantasy of a 2nd career as a step toward retirement. I found myself asking, “Why wait?” Why do I have to wait to work on my passion projects and to choose wonderful, creative people to collaborate with me on them? So, I’m still in that corporate job, but I have soft launched my side hustle and am making plans for next year and a couple projects.
What was your biggest takeaway from our work together?
If I have to choose just one, I’d say it was that I had the answers all along. I just needed a great coach to help me uncover them. That there were ways to cut through all of the noise created by my crazy life and type A personality and find what I knew to be true.
Think of someone who is currently in the shoes you wore when we first started working together. What advice do you have for her?
I’d tell her do your homework and trust this process! You’ll get to a great place. Be open to the idea that the perfect business or career may be different than what you initially envisioned, but it will ultimately be the perfect starting point for you in this moment.
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!
What has been hardest for me is time and energy. In my typical style, I took on developing my business, keeping my very demanding day job and a kitchen remodel all at once. But, that’s my life. I want this dream, so there is never a perfect time. Productivity for me has been about prioritizing my energy. I needed to shift how I was working and planning my days to allow myself to give that 45 minutes of focus time on my business at a time when I was at my highest energy of the day. For me that often means in the morning, so I adjusted my schedule here and there to work on my business first. Then I could go about the rest of my day. For some people, that may look different. Don’t always wait until you are exhausted from everything else to try and put in time on developing your business.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
My approach may be a little different than many of your other clients. I have no plans to quit my day job any time soon. I did get some great insights on what I need to do in my day job to be more content. A great side benefit of the Discover Your Dream Business work! My goals right now are to begin to build a tribe of people who want to innovate or have a desire for more creative ways to solve problems and design products and services. My initial offerings will be geared toward helping others push past their blocks to innovation. Right now, that will most likely be in the form of offerings that create passive income. I’m noodling on a few things for 2020 including an ebook, an on-demand workshop on co-creation techniques, and a newsletter. A stretch goal would be to pull together an innovation retreat! Something at a great location, or maybe a cruise, where we’d spend some focused energy getting inspired and allowing for some think time on new ideas or ones we never seem to have time to formulate.
Where can we find you and your work?