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Sanchia Aronberg

Moving from employment to self-employment

By Sanchia Aronberg
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Are you considering transiting from employment to self-employment or have you recently started your own business?

As a Business Coach and mum who started a business 5 years ago, I know what an exciting and scary time it is starting out in the unknown world of employment to self-employment. With my coaching background and experiences over the last few years I wanted to share some tips. Also I run a Facebook group called Women support Women-The success club (https://www.facebook.com/groups/801650943369934/) and I asked on there ‘what is the number one area to consider when starting a business’ and got some fantastic ideas on the group so I wanted to share their tips too.

The number one area that was discussed on the group was vision and it is definitely one of the areas that I would start with a client too. Why I hear you ask? Because it is very easy to be busy doing the wrong things or spending time that don’t align with your values or vision.

“Create a vision for the life you really want and then work relentlessly towards making it a reality.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

The term “vision” might sound daunting, but it shouldn’t be. “Vision” is simply defined as “the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom,” and we can all do this quite easily. Your vision is where you want to be and your path for how you’ll get there. Depending on what you want to achieve in life, this may be a simple or if you identify the gap as being significant it will be quite detailed. There is no right or wrong vision because it’s personal—something that only you can decide for yourself— and this process is to help you recognise that importance of creating your own unique vision. Have you created a vision board or vision scrapbook? Some great ideas here: http://secretsofthelawofattraction.org/vision-board/how-to-make-a-vision-board/

Next up is business idea. Success provides confidence, security, a sense of well-being so if you do more of what you love, what you are good at and earn the money that you need from your business then your success, big or small can be celebrated.  So before launching a business a bit of planning and strategy is needed here:

  • Research, research, research. Is there a business need and hope can you fill it?
  • What is your USP?
  • Write a business plan, I have a very simple 2 page document if you need one!
  • Get some feedback from your ideal client.
  • Start some financial planning
  • Your self-development. Do you need to consider some retraining?

Just a few ideas there to get you started. What else would you add?

Mindset: one of my favourite topics!! We all know that if our ‘head is not in the game’ it is very difficult to shut off the negative self-talk and more forward. Even with the best planning and financial backing if your mindset is not where is could be then everything else becomes harder to do. How do you get your head in the game? The best place to start is a wellbeing plan. What is the first thing you would add to your plan?

Support network:  Support in life and business is so important for motivation and keeping on track and I know that when you have your own business or you are in a small team it is difficult to get the support needed to achieve.

Asking for help is a big part of support and I actively encourage my clients to do this, when asking for help ask consider the following:

  1. start asking others if they need your help, create a culture where asking for help is encouraged
  2. know what help you need and who’s the best person/s who can help
  3. ask SMARTly Specific, Meaningful (why you need it), Action-oriented (ask for something to be done), Real (authentic, not made up), and Time-bound (when you need it).

What is the worst that could happen?

Other areas to consider:  

I have foundations of success template and I would love to share a couple more areas to think about when starting your business (also useful for scaling up your business too): If you would like my regular newsletter and the FREE foundations of success download please subscribe here: https://www.sanchiaaronberg.co.uk/top-tips.html

So the next topic that I would like to share is self-care; it is the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness. Self-care is such a big subject so I will leave you to think about this:

Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.  Eleanor Brown.

Next up; systems for your products and services. Having systems and process is vital in business so that clients and potential clients all get the same service and everyone is clear on the outcomes. Small businesses need to focus on great service and having very clear systems definitely enable this client conversation and hopefully long term relationships.

And lastly but certainly not least; Financial planning. This is an ongoing process to help you make sensible decisions about money that can help you achieve your goals. It is so important to keep on top of financials and can be especially difficult for those who start a business without any knowledge of finance, tax and accounting. The best advice here is start as you mean to go and have a regular time every week to keep on top of finances or outsource where you can.

It looks like I need a part two blog as I think I could go on about this topic. Hope that this blog has been useful. To end, trust your instincts, trust the process and mostly be kind to yourself during this exciting journey of employment to self-employment.

Until next time…

Sanchia

If you need support with starting a business then please do get in touch.

Sanchia Aronberg

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