I left my corporate job for consulting a couple years before I had my first baby. It’s one thing to wing it with two adults, it’s another thing entirely to be working on your own with a child in the mix. Or so I thought in my pregnant moments of panic.
I even entertained a couple job offers. I’ll never forget what my friend Sharon said when I told her I might need to go back to a corporate job. She said, “Amy, I’ve known you for 20 years and there is no way you’re leaving that baby to go back to a corporate job.” I thought she was crazy because somebody has to pay the bills. But guess what? Sharon was right.
There was No Way I Was Leaving That Baby
One of the job offers I had near the end of my pregnancy was a company I had been chasing for several years. The stars finally lined up and the CEO wanted to meet with me – FOUR WEEKS BEFORE THE BABY WAS DUE. To say we hit it off is an understatement and he said I could have any job I wanted. When I told him I was expecting my first baby in a few weeks, he said we would touch base to finalize details in a few months. At that point, I was expecting to go to work for him when the baby was about three months old. Once she was born, I realized there was no way I was leaving that baby. I did make a proposal to work remotely a few days a week at the three-month mark, but it didn’t work out. I knew this guy had a high need for face time.
My Goal was No Corporate 9-to-5 Job for the First Year
My first goal was to be able to work mostly from home for the baby’s first year. A new baby is already overwhelming, so I wanted to take baby steps (pun intended). I fired up my business development activities and pledged to treat my business more like a business. I put together a detailed marketing plan and focused on execution. My hard work paid off and my pipeline started to fill with high-quality prospects. Now 15 years later, I never let a day go by without doing something toward networking, marketing or business development.
It’s Easier Then You Think to Start Consulting
The mission of Billable with Baby® is to help you find the courage to start your own consulting business so you can have the freedom and flexibility to raise your children the way you wish. You can replace the full time pay your family needs.
It’s easier than you think to start consulting. All you need is a computer, a phone, brainpower and business experience. The work is the same as the work you’ve been doing in your corporate job only better.
The Days Are Long but the Years Are Short
I always worry when a working mom tells me that she has a plan in place to get her working from home in a few years. It doesn’t happen unless you make it happen. Life gets comfortable and then all of a sudden, they’re off to college.
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination. For a long time, it seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.”
Alfred D. Souza
You Don’t Have to Start a Business, You Just Have to Land One Project
Consulting lends itself to one step at a time. There is no investment, no lead time and no set up time. The barriers to entry are very low. The best way to get started as a consultant is to dive in. It’s a bit like having a baby in the first place, if all the pros and cons had to line up, we’d never do it. There may be some leap of faith required.
If you need help, this free email course will walk you through three action steps to generate revenue now. If you start right away, you can be doing billable work as soon as next week. Following these three action steps gives you the best possible chance of landing a consulting project. It works for me and I see it work for others, over and over again. If you wait too long, your kids will be grown.