070: How to ditch your 9-5 job & start something new – with Amanda Boleyn

By June 18, 2019July 12th, 2019The Simplifiers Podcast

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You’ve had enough of work, and you want to ditch your 9-5 job. We’ve all been there. A dead end job with a horrible boss and someone threatening to take away your red Swingline stapler.

There comes a time where you decide, ‘enough is enough’. For a split second you might consider torching the place down like Milton (please don’t)… or you’ve thought ‘Heck, I could do this waaaaay better.’

If you’ve got a dream of starting your own business, this one is for you. And before you storm into your boss’ office with your middle finger a-blazing today, you might want to listen to this episode all the way through.


Amanda Boleyn simplifies how to ditch your 9-5 job and start something new

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to determine the best time to take the leap
  • How to discover what you really, truly want from your work & career
  • The first 5 steps when starting your own business:
  • Identify your unique skill set
  • Understand your ideal client
  • Determine the services you can offer
  • Publish intentional content to attract these people to you
  • Take daily action in asking for referrals and generating leads
  • Why the ‘make 7-figures in 30 days’ myth is simply NOT true, and what to expect when you start a new small business
  • What the difference is between doing contract work as a freelancer vs. being an entrepreneur
  • How to get into ‘reactive flow mode’ as a healthier place to work from rather than the constant ‘hustle & grind’

If you’ve been thinking about how to jump off the corporate train, ditch your 9-5 job, and build a business that better suits your life, Amanda’s story will inspire you. More and more women are doing it these days and she shows you how to do it your way.


My challenge for you this week:

If you want to ditch your 9-5 job, journal out your answers to these 3 questions:

  1. ‘What do you enjoy doing?’
  2. ‘What gives you energy?’ and
  3. ‘What has an economic value?’
    Share it with me, privately or publicly, by snapping a photo of you doing the thing and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, people and apps mentioned:

Book: Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds – David Goggins

FREEBIE: Ready to ditch your 9-5 and build your service based business using your very own skill set?  – A comprehensive checklist of things to think about when launching a service-based business, operations to legal and marketing.

Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

Podcast: She Did It Her Way

Link: The Virtual Savvy Facebook group by Abbey Ashley

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[08:05] “It’s better to take a step back and not leap too soon because you are in that emotional place.” – Mary

[09:02] “The first thing is to identify the unique skill set. So that usually consists of ‘What do I enjoy doing?’ ‘What gives me energy?’ And ‘What has an economic value?’ – Amanda

[13:22] “Are you truly solving a pain point that’s out in the marketplace? And the critical part about this, is that it may be solving pain points all day long, but are people willing to open their wallet and pay you for that service?” – Mary

[31:34] “You really have to watch your language… your language is a direct reflection of your world.” – Amanda

[38:03] The first couple of years of starting a new business, you are (like) throwing spaghetti at the wall. All the walls, every single wall around you, there is spaghetti marks everywhere because you’re just testing. No [actual] spaghetti on the wall.” – Mary

Last call for Continue Strong writing workshop!

This is your chance to jump off the proverbial hamster wheel and check-in on the annual business goals you’ve set for this year.

How’s it going?

Are you on track with where you want to be?

Through this online workshop, you’ll gain clarity, accountability and draft up a plan for where you want to head next to achieve your business goals.

In 90 minutes and from the comfort of your home office, take part in my live online workshop where we will:

  • Celebrate your wins, process your mishaps, and document your lessons learned this year
  • Recalibrate your compass, making sure the goals you set at the beginning of this year are still where you want to head next
  • And then help you create a Super Action Plan on how to get there!

So pull out your journal and get ready to light the fire once again. We’ll create a simple plan that will help you thrive during the summer months while the kids are out of school and your routine is out the window.

It’s time to #Dothething.

Last call tickets are only $147 USD, and the workshop is on Wednesday, June 19th.

Reserve your spot at thesimplifiers.com/strong to get back to feeling like a superhero once again.

About Amanda:

Amanda Boleyn is the founder and CEO of She Did It Her Way. Shortly after two years in Corporate America post-undergrad, Amanda made a leap. She moved from West Des Moines, IA to Chicago, IL to become a full-time freelancer. She travels the globe delivering sales, marketing, leadership development and employee trainings with large organizations. Some companies include JP Morgan, AT&T, Weight Watchers, Intel, University of Kansas Medical Center and others.

Amanda first launched She Did It Her Way podcast in January 2015 and has consistently been ranked as one of the top-resources for female entrepreneurs by Inc.com, Forbes, Entrepreneur.com, Huffington Post and many others.

She Did It Her Way has been downloaded over 2.6 million times and continues to grow every day.

Through She Did It Her Way, Amanda helps women take massive action on their business idea. Taking them from confusion to clarity, she helps women take their ultimate leap.

Where Amanda hangs out online:

Website: shediditherwaypodcast.com

Twitter: @shediditherway

Facebook: @shediditherway

Instagram: @shediditherway

Pinterest: @shediditherway

Amanda’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Amber Williams – founder of Punkyflair and The Storycraft method. Listen into Amanda’s podcast with Amber.

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