Or, how I quit my corporate job in 2015 at the age of 27 with $7,000 in my bank account, NO clue how to start an online business or make money online and had only 3 months to figure it out until I’d run out of savings.
And figure it out, I did. Read on…
To tell you my whole story, I’d probably have to go back a few years.
It started in college when I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I took a few technology entrepreneurship and international management classes. Inspired by one of my professors, I started a blog.
My goal was to interview entrepreneurs. It quickly turned into a lifestyle blog. I was never able to really figure out how to monetize my efforts though.
So, it was more of a hobby. Regardless, it was back then, when my softly blossoming entrepreneur buds started to originate from.
Fast forward a few years and I found myself in a corporate job as an operations manager at an international corporation.
Okay, it wasn’t my awesome peeps that I worked alongside with that made my corporate job miserable.
Instead, it was the sheer monotony of it.
The fact that I did not use anything at all that I studied and was passionate in (diplomacy and sociology) or, my other creative talents.
You see, I grew up playing the violin professionally all throughout high school.
Not only that, I graduated from a special Arts high school before moving to the U.S. to study.
I always thought that there was more to life.
I did not want to get stuck in a corporate job, pretty much having the same routine day in, day out.
I did not want someone else to be in control over my own time.
To me, being the boss of your own time means freedom.
Life is life, though. Plans don’t always work out.
There comes a time when it’s not just about those plans. It’s about your future and it’s about what purpose you decide your life will have (and has).
In other words, how do you want to spend your time?
For me, I knew I wanted to build a legacy.
I wanted to inspire people and wanted to help them break through form the constraints they impose upon themselves and live a life on their terms.
In other words and the only way you can do that is by figuring out what SKILLS and SKILL-SETS you already have (or that you’d love to develop), what innate talents/strengths and figure out how to package them in a way that they become valuable to the overall economy.
Understanding that and figuring that out for yourself will result in – you’ve guessed it, income.
Which, in turn, means you will never have to send out that resume again – hoping someone else will choose you and turn your life around.
Make the choice today to turn your life around.
It all comes down to that, a choice. And that is what I did.
So, I started scouting out freelancer websites upon a friend’s recommendation.
My favorite site that I used to experiment with the kind of value I could add to the economy and other businesses was Fiverr.
From when I first used it, it has changed and developed quite a lot.
However, throughout the next six months, I was able to replace the monthly income of my corporate job completely with the kind of money I earned from doing gigs on Fiverr.
First success, right?!
Side note: Yes, I do have a course on Fiverr and even wrote a book on the hacks I used to get those kinds of results. You can find out more about that here: https://fiverrwithfocus.com/welcomefwf
Now, once you get to a certain point, you quickly realize that you need to leave the mothership. It truly felt like that.
Though, I had hit a wall.
I realized that if I really wanted to start growing a successful business (and not only be a freelancer, which is totally fine if this is what you want. it all depends on what you want), I needed to start to figure out how to position myself outside of Fiverr.
So, that’s what I did next.
Once you start branding yourself and positioning yourself correctly, it is pretty straight-forward how to get new business.
And after a ton of trial and error throughout the next few months, I developed a system for this as well.
Hence, I wanted to share it with other aspiring or beginning business owners and entrepreneurs that still struggled with that stage ;). Born was CONNECT, Facebook Networking For Entrepreneurs.
Throughout the beginning and even nowadays, I get about 90% of my clients from being active on Facebook, without spending any money on paid advertising.
The next success!
Don’t get me wrong.
There was a LOT of trial and error involved. There still is. That never stops.
I had people tell me that I was, for example, crazy for ever offering services on Fiverr.
Though the thing is that if you have never before made real money online before to where you can imagine it completely replacing your regular ‘job income’, it’s hard to find the inner attitude and mentality to get and close new clients.
All in all, you have to figure out what works for you.
Though,most beginning business owners and entrepreneurs are either (or both):
(1) Sabotaging themselves because they do not think they have what it takes to live the laptop lifestyle so to speak.
I was the same.
Not only that, I did not know what to sell. Fiverr helped me figure this out without, for example, hiring an online business coach that would have charged me (rightly so) a few thousand dollars a month.
At that point, I was not ready to make that kind of investment.
Maybe I would have achieved my diverse small successes much faster if I had invested in a coach or program though.
What can I say? I can be a bit stubborn at times and want to figure things out on my own.
Nowadays, I’ve realized to not hold on and let go of my stubbornness much sooner. Thanks goodness ;).
(2) Overthinking things.
You can figure everything out.
Just take it one new information at a time.
No one has it all figured out at any given step in their journey.
That’s part of the mystery of life ;).
(3) Too slow when it comes to pivoting.
Yes, there is a difference between following every hottest new shiny object AND pivoting if something is truly not working.
I believe that every single person out there (and if you’re reading this you are certainly one of them), can create the life for themselves and their families that they always dreamed of.
You just got to take a chance on yourself.
If it does not feel right after you gave it your best shot, pivot and try something else.
Eventually, you’ll get there.
And some things which might be not right for you anymore tomorrow, are important and true and right in this very moment for you.
It is all an experience you have to go through to grow.
Don’t be afraid of trying.
Don’t be afraid of putting yourself out there.
After all, what do you have to loose?
You can always go get another job.
If you have a job right now, you can skip going out with friends for Happy Hour and dedicate some hours during the week to start taking action towards your dreams.
Life can change A LOT in one year.
Heck, you CAN change your entire life in just 12 months!
Think about that.
When I first started, I still worked from a cubicle in an office doing the same thing every day.
12 months later, I developed into a business owner, traveled around the world with my husband and two dogs while loving the work I do for my students and awesome clients and intentionally, building my online empire.
You’ve got this!
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Let’s do this!
~ Cornelia Pauline
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P.s.s. You might also enjoy this related article of mine: http://corneliapauline.com/2017/12/03/can-realistically-make-100k-online-12-months/