Tim, I can appreciate and understand your struggle, and I hope you’ve now found something to focus on and be in love with every day.

Personally, I do not agree with Gary Vaynerchuk’s quote here.

I was in corporate sales and business development for 10 years, staying about 3 years per job before moving on to the next opportunity, until the last. I was unsatisfied with my work, good at it but unfulfilled.

I took a chance and started getting writing clients on the side, until within 3 months I had actually built a business and quit my day job to pursue it full-time.

That was over a year ago and I’m making more than ever, and actually more than at my corporate job.

I wasn’t always hungering to be an entrepreneur or be my own boss. I love and am friends with my last couples bosses. It wasn’t that I had a need to be an entrepreneur, I simply had a want and a need to be a writer, and becoming an entrepreneur was the simplest route to getting there.

I actually had the opposite approach than what you did. I didn’t build a nice site or get business cards or put together a portfolio or logo or anything.

The very first thing I did was go out and get a couple clients. I reached out on social media and to LinkedIn contacts and posted a free ad on CraigsList and Reddit. Once I got a few responses and got a couple clients, THAT is when I put together my website and fixed up my blog, did research on a better contract, more in-depth research on pricing, got business cards, etc.

Being an entrepreneur wasn’t always my dream, but now that I am living it and have built a profitable business quickly, I get to live my dream of being a writer and editor!

Which is pretty freaking awesome.

For me, my experience in regular jobs and my skills in sales have transitioned very well into entrepreneurship. I learned how business works, client relationships, different departments and how they run, all kinds of business skills.

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Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

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