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! Samantha Durkee is on a mission to help millennials with their money. Even if you’re not looking to learn how to adult with your finances, there’s still so much to take away from her business launch story! Read on below, check out her super legit site (yes, she did it all herself on Squarespace in the last 90 days!), and come join the 90 Day Business Launch party on Instagram today!
Why did you decide to sign up for 90 Day Business Launch?
I spent weeks searching the Google-sphere for inspiration on what I wanted to do career-wise. I researched different career paths trying to find one that hit me with that equal parts scary-exciting feeling. I was to the point where I knew there was something I was meant to be doing, I just no idea what it was. That’s why I will never forget the moment when the fireworks went off and the streamers came flying down from the sky. That’s the moment I knew I wanted to be a Financial Consultant for millennials like me. And the craziest part of this is, within minutes of me having this crazy career epiphany, 90 Day Business Launch found me. I don’t even remember exactly how I came across 90DBL, but it was nothing short of fate. When I originally submitted my application, part of me was waiting for a response from you or Laura saying that I was nuts for thinking I could create a business with my idea of working with millennials. But instead I was greeted with, “we see a real business here.” And I cried. Then like the crazy person I now embrace myself as, I spent the next 24 hours gathering the funds to do this launch because my heart told me, “Samantha, if you do not do this you will never turn this idea into a real business.” I decided to do the launch when I realized I was finally ready to invest in my future and myself.
What were you doing work-wise when you started this program?
My dreaded day job. The job that pays your bills and is necessary to survive, but you know it’s not what you are meant to spend the rest of your life doing. Although I am grateful for the lessons learned and the experiences gained from my dreaded day job, it feels so amazingly good to know that I created a business that brings on the scary-exciting and gets my heart pumping in the best way possible.
What was your biggest takeaway from 90 Day Business Launch?
To always believe in myself. As cheesy as it sounds, this was a huge realization for me. I was so nervous opening my custom Biz Launch Plan for the first time because at that point I still didn’t believe that I was onto an actual business. You and Laura gave me so much more than a plan written down on paper, you were able to breathe life into an idea that was only in my head as jumbled thoughts. My launch plan became my business bible because in that plan you were able to show me how valuable my own words are. I would probably still be searching for reassurance that I had what it takes to start a website instead of actually doing it if it wasn’t for 90DBL.
What would you tell someone now that was in your shoes 4 months ago? What’s your best “tip” to allow them to make a grown-up living with a business they love?
Take a deep breath because the universe has your back. Everything that you are going through is preparing you for what is to come. And absolutely, under no circumstances, ever doubt yourself because when you find a business or have an idea that gets your heart pumping, you have to go for it! You are too smart and beautiful to let your dream business slip through your fingers all because you’re too scared to get over yourself.
What’s on the horizon for your business? We’d love to hear about any upcoming offerings or goals!
The official launch of samanthadurkee.com is today! I have spent the last 90 days crafting my Financial Adulting Fast Track for millennials who are looking to get their financial mess together without depriving themselves of nights out and taco Tuesdays.