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078: How to make a career pivot – with Jennifer Perkins

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I don’t want to alarm you, but at some point in your career, things are going to shift and you’ll need to know how to make a career pivot. It’s totally going to be necessary.

It may be because you’re getting older, and you can’t—or simply don’t want to—keep up the pace, or long hours. Or your industry has changed and you’ve got to change with it. There could come a time when you get bored with what you’re doing, and take a career pivot into something different.

When it’s time to make a switch, you’ve got to be courageous, nimble and ready to #DoTheThing.

Jennifer Perkins simplifies how to make a career pivot

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to handle big changes and still thrive when your career and business is evolving over time
  • To forecast when change is coming, and what to do about it
  • The difference between a ‘forced career pivot’ and a ‘voluntary career pivot’
  • How to pivot when things go way off-track, or when you’re faced with failure
  • The biggest mistakes that small business owners make when faced with change

Jennifer has done it all in her career. From running a jewelry business, to having multiple TV specials, to launching a podcast. Over 15 years, she has learned so much on ducking and dodging, but more importantly, evolving and pivoting her brand.

If you’re faced with an oncoming career pivot, I hope this one helps you to #DoTheThing!

My challenge for you this week:

Take some time out to review where you’ve been, and where you’d like to head in your business. How will you make a career pivot when the time comes? 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: Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur – Derek Sivers

Book: Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill

Book: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes

Link: Mom 2.0 Summit

Link: Craftcation Conference

Podcast episode recommendation: How to ditch your 9-5 job and start something new – featuring Amanda Boleyn – The Simplifiers Podcast

Link: Good Company Magazine by Grace Bonney

Podcast: Creative Queso Podcast – Jennifer Perkins

Mention: Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[36:21] “Learn from what happened and make sure to incorporate those mistakes and just don’t repeat them.” – Jennifer

[38:31] “If it didn’t fail or if it failed, think about that with your next endeavor – did you market it the right way?” – Jennifer

[38:40] “You have to tell people what you’re up to, and you have to tell them over and over and over again in this day and age of noise.” – Mary

[41:05] “You have to be flexible and malleable to ride the tide when things change. Both for your favor, and not for your favor.” – Mary

[41:19] “As a creative, you’ve got to get your business skills up to snuff just as much as you get your social media skills up. So girl, file your taxes, learn how to track your cash flow and manage the operations side of your business.” – Mary

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  • How to continue STRONG
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    • give you the tools and motivation to stay on track
    • teach you how to simplify, as a business owner

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About Jennifer:

Jennifer has been working in the creative industry for over 15 years. This includes hosting television programs for DIY Network, and consulting work for Michaels. She works with brands like Hobby Lobby, TOMS Shoes, and creates content for HGTV. She’s been featured in Inc, Fortune Small Business, CNN Money and The Wall Street Journal.

Jennifer loves marketing just as much as she loves making. She knows that to be successful in the creative industries, you need both of these passions. Jennifer has partnered with large companies to create ad campaigns, consult, trend spot and aid in brand awareness.

Where Jennifer hangs out online:

Websites: creativequeso.com and jenniferperkins.com

Instagram: @creativequeso

Podcast: Creative Queso Podcast – Jennifer Perkins

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

Andrea Pippins – Art and Illustration

Lisa Congdon – Art and Illustration. Check out her beautiful motivational, inspiring quotes and posts on Instagram – @lisacongdon

Jennifer Perkins - how to make a career pivot

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