• Kirsten Russell

Questions you should ask before leaving your 9-5......


And there are many as I have learnt.

You should ask yourself:

Are you prepared?

Do you have the resilience to ride the waves of high's and lows?

Do you realise you may end up working more than you did when in the office?

Do you know just how crap you are at social media?

What are you going to do if it doesn't work?

Did I ask myself any of these?

No I did not!

I had a studio all set up and a client base to grow I mean why focus on all that menial planning shit right?

As an accountant by trade I should have known better right?

I mean I didn't I have the business plan, the KPI's, the marketing plan, the exit strategy?

Hmm.....not really.

However all that aside, making the decision to leave my corporate job of 40+ hours per week to grown my own business has been the best thing I have ever done.

Yes you give up security, you take on risk, you may sometimes be working for free - shock horror!

The difference is though that I'm working for me, I'm working for and in something I own, something I have built and the kicker is I am changing people's lives (yes I know that sounds very Tony Robbins).

When your having a tough week and get told:

"you need to give yourself a break and know you are awesome! You are making such a difference in my life and I expect all your other clients"

you just know that you are on the right path.

I have grown as a person from learning from my clients, learning about time management (still a work in progress!), learning about marketing (also still a work in progress, arghhh!) and how to run a business in general.

I have some fantastic clients who are achieving some outstanding results in the studio and step by step making lifestyle changes not just in relation to exercise either.

Now you want to know was leaving a six figure income the right move right?

Yes I can 100% say it was, I have flexibility in my day, I may work hard but what I have is 100% mine!

I own it, I benefit from it, and I can do what I want with it, and that folks is the greatest feeling in the world.

It's not all wine and roses all of the time but at least 90% of the time it is.


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