5 Ways For Freelancers To Survive The Employee-to-Entrepreneur Transition
When anyone embarks on an entrepreneurial journey, there will be a moment when you think “What did I get myself into?” – I know because it happened to me when I started my business. Like many entrepreneurs who leap from having a job to running a business, I got used to being fed a salary every 2 weeks and to rely on my boss to tell me what to do.
Now I had to figure everything on my own, which was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. I quickly realized that being an entrepreneur meant learning new things every single day and being constantly outside of my comfort zone.
It can sound sexy, but after a while it becomes very stressful & overwhelming to deal with many different emotions at the same time. No one else than you can decide which direction to take and you are in charge of evaluating if you are doing a great job or not. So self-doubt, insecurities and limiting beliefs are inevitably coming up.
From the highs and lows, I learned that the only factor that would make me successful was focusing on my mindset. I had to find a way to push through the fears and doubts to make magic happen.
I want to share a few tactics that I’ve used to coach myself and survive the employee to entrepreneur transition.
Set yourself up for success EVERY SINGLE DAY
Working on your mindset to get in the right frame for success doesn’t mean meditating once a week and calling it a day! Mindset work needs to be done on a daily basis for it to actually make an impact on your work. I read many different books to better understand what rituals I should implement in my life to boost my mindset. What I’ve discovered is that there’s no magic formula – you need to figure out what works for you by trying different approaches and testing results.
Sharing a personal example, I’ve always been a morning person. So I decided to create a morning routine and test it for a few months to see the impact it could have on my life. I started waking up at 5:24 am (I live my life by the minute!) every morning and tried many formulas before finding my own version of a morning routine that works for me! Some of the rituals included are meditation, visualization, and journaling.
The impact it had on my business is HUGE: I gained focus and productivity and was able to triple the number of coaching clients I have while balancing a part-time role. I can now say that I never skip my morning routine because I know it’s going to screw my whole day. It gives me confidence, focus and structure on a daily basis.
If you’re looking to try a formula for morning routine creation, you can check out mine in this masterclass on creating your morning routine.
Tie your work back to your vision
Ask yourself, why are you doing this? Why did you start your business all together? What is this vision of yours? Write these down (dig deep for the real, true answer for you) and keep them consistent. Your business will naturally evolve, but your mission should stay the same.
As you go through doubts and challenges, it’s going to become easy to doubt the whole process! You might start thinking you are not meant for entrepreneurship, that your business will never scale, that you are not good enough… all of the dirty thoughts will come your way.
In these moments, it’s extremely important that you come back to your vision and remind yourself of your commitment to making this vision a reality. Then remind yourself that, no matter what comes your way, you won’t stop until it’s attained.
I personally repeat this vision and my commitment to action every single morning to make sure I don’t forget. If you’ve never tried daily affirmations, this could be a great way to start.
Notice your fears and look them straight in the eyes
As Gandhi said: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
It’s so easy to identify yourself with your fears, but it is as easy to identify them and separate yourself from them. Self-awareness is key here.
As you are going through fearful times, it is important to be self-aware and see where your fears come from. As soon as you can identify them, journaling about them helps as they then become external to you as you write them out on paper. By being conscious, you can work through them and avoid letting them run your life.
Visualize what success looks like for you
Why are we always imagining the worst!? What if we would start imagining the very best that can happen to us instead!? How would that affect our lives?
This is a powerful exercise that I go through to reinforce positive thoughts about my future self and stay away from thoughts bringing me down.
It’s simple, each day, think about or write down what good things you want to happen to you that day (5-10 should do it). Then take a few seconds visualizing that great thing happening to you. Imagine how you would feel – grateful, happy, fulfilled, etc. – then let that feeling sit for a few seconds. Flexing the mental muscle for visualizations and feeling the emotions you want to feel will help you take action towards the things you want.
Journal your way to clarity in the face of confusion or hard choices
I’ve never been a writer, but as I started hearing about the power of journaling I decided to give it a try. As soon as I committed to journaling on a daily basis, I started realizing the impact it had on my clarity. By journaling I mean writing about what you’re dealing with on a daily basis, your fears, your challenges, your wins, etc. When you externalize your emotions on paper it allows you to take a step back and actually deal with your struggles instead of dragging them forward.
As I’m practicing mind-dumping (writing down all the things on my mind, whatever they are), I am releasing of all the thoughts that are sitting in my mind. This practice allows me to flush out the unnecessary thoughts that are clouding my brain and replace this with clarity.
Another journaling practice is done with prompts that are helping me progress in my journey as an entrepreneur. Some of these prompts are:
- What is holding me back right now?
- What do I need to let go of?
- Where am I out of integrity right now?
- What feels scary right now and how can I move past that?
Remember, no one needs to read your journal but you. Keep it in a safe and private place so that you can be totally honest with yourself, knowing it’s just for you.
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Mimi Boyer is a Side Hustle Coach and founder of Happy on Mondays.
I hope that you can implement these tips into your own entrepreneurial journey and start noticing some shifts in your mindset. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on these! You can find me here:
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