Exactly six months ago I received notification that I had been laid off from my job. I was working as an Agency Manager for a digital marketing agency located near Boston, Massachusetts, but I was working remote. When I had received notification from my boss I felt every emotion from sad, embarrassed, offended, mad, disappointed and frustrated. So many thoughts were going through my head. I was immediately stressed about finances, I didn't know what I was going to do, or how I was going to pay my bills. At the time, I had a few freelance social media clients on the side, but it surely wasn't enough to cover all of my expenses.
I took the entire day to reflect on my situation. I weighed the options on finding a new job (which would pull my attention off of growing my own business), or to go full-force in business development and prospect for new clients until I was making enough money. It was a pretty tough decision because I knew if I ended up finding a new job, my dream of having my own business probably wouldn't happen. It was likely I would end up working a nine to five and I wouldn't have the time or energy to devote into working on my own clients. I was also scared that if I went full-force into business development for myself that I would fail and have to end up borrowing money from people (which was my ultimate fear).
I consulted with almost all of my friends and family to see what they had to say and almost every single person said I 100% had to focus on building my own business. For as long as I can remember I had always dreamt of being a business owner. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and now the time had come. The support from the people closest to me definitely helped give me the confidence I needed but they also put things into perspective for me. I am a HUGE advocate for believing everything happens for a reason and this was the perfect example. I already had a few clients I was working with and getting laid off was the push I needed. If I hadn't gotten laid off, I probably would have been too scared to quit my job but this was the perfect "sign."
Starting your own business is extremely terrifying. Your paycheck isn't guaranteed, you don't have covered health insurance, you don't get paid if you take time off, and you're almost always working nonstop. But, it's also extremely rewarding. When I look at the business I've built in just the short six-months I've been doing this full-time, I have something to be so proud of. I have done everything on my own from finding the clients, to managing their social media accounts, to building my own social media profiles, to coming up with my branding, and to even building my own website.
Getting laid off was the best thing to ever happen to me because I know if I hadn't been laid off I would still be working for someone else. I would still be chasing someone else's goals and not focusing on my own. So if this is the sign or push you need to start your own business, go for it. Just start.