I had just been certified as a life coach and was anxious to learn what I could do to build my business, so I reached out to a more experienced coach for advice.
“Quit your job,” he said.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” I responded. (I’d quit a job to start a business once before and landed on my ass.)
“If you’re not willing to risk everything for your business, you likely don’t have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.”
I was stunned.
This was not what I had expected when we’d set up the call.
Months later, I took a sales course where the instructor mentioned a form of hard sell where you tell the person they aren’t good enough and then imply that the only way to get good enough is to work with them.
(Oddly, this is the same thing narcissists do to get you hooked into relationships with them.)
Needless to say, I never contacted that coach again.
But I share this story for two reasons.
One, as you search for your own mentors, you be subjected to some sleazy high-pressure sales tactics (something I encourage my clients in The Runway Program NOT to use) and
Two, to reassure you that don’t have to quit your job to start a service-based business like coaching, counselling or consulting.
You can absolutely build it part-time to the point where you are ready to take the leap.
If you’d like to learn more about how to do that, set up a (low pressure) discovery call.