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What Are We Gonna Cover?

Michelle Ward

Ditch Your Day Job

Michelle Ward

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2. What Are We Gonna Cover?
You can escape your day job and just wing it, but it is much easier and less stressful when you have a plan in place.

Lesson Info

What Are We Gonna Cover?

we're gonna dive into, like, our worst case scenarios for everyone to find their Plan B's and figure out like, Well, if this thing that I want to be doing doesn't doesn't take off in the way that I that I thought What is it that I'm gonna do and knowing that going into this transition instead of having to figure out when you're in crisis is a really empowering thing, and the money stuff is a really empowering thing to so you know, not to stereotype us right brainers. But I think that ah, lot of us are very numbers averse, and we like to hide from the numbers. So hopefully together I will hold everyone's collective hands. We're gonna dig into that together s O, that you could get more familiar with your numbers. Really see what it is you're working with, as opposed to assuming what you have or what you need, which I could hear from clients all the time. And then they're so surprised when you know for homework they look at what's actually in their savings account or what their expenses a...

re, and they realize it's it's more than they than they thought. So that's really great. So as long as you have a day job that you don't want to stay in and you're fairly clear on what you want to do next, then you were in the right place. If you're not so clear as to what you want and do next, you could still get a lot of great takeaways from this class. But I would point you to my last class, create your dream career because, like Kenny said in the intro, that's really though, what? And this is the how right so you could go and you could get your hands on that class and work your way through it, and this class will still be here for you. But let's double check that everyone's in the right place. I know you guys were in the right place. I don't Hopefully you won't walk out of here by going over what this class is going to cover. So today I've already shared my story breaking point story. We've heard Liz and Heather is breaking point story and Kenneth and those of you in the chat room, and I'm glad we have the camaraderie right at the beginning. Next up we're gonna be talking about safety nets. What? What that means when it comes to diction, your day job and what specifically makes up your safety net, then we're gonna rip off the Band Aid, and we're gonna talk about money specifically. But I like to call your breathe easy number. This is the amount of money that you see in your savings account where when you look at it, you go, Ah, that feels very good and allows you to breathe easy. Then we're gonna be talking about common freelancing fears, and we're gonna be facing our own freelancing fears that we could feel the freelancing fear and do it Anyway, we're gonna come up with Plan B, making a plan. Teoh. Figure out what you do if you fail before it happens, and we're gonna have an interview with one of my favorite people on the planet. She's a friend and a former client of mine. Ham, Abyei. She's at date night planners dot com. Her business is helping plan date nights for couples in New York City. It's the best business idea, pretty much ever on her last day at work was supposed to be today. It was gonna be the like, the biggest serendipity ever. It's not, but she gave her notice two months earlier than she thought she was going to. And I think it's gonna be really interesting to hear kind of what's happened since then. What allowed her to set herself up to? No, that she was ready two months earlier than she thought and what she's doing now in the transition until she makes like the full the full leap. Tomorrow we'll be covering what I like to call phase one, which is the simplest, most cost effective things you could do that have the biggest impact on launching your business. So we're gonna take away the overwhelm and really be able to focus and prioritize. We're gonna be talking. Teoh is Stephanie, who I mentioned earlier. She's a former client of mine of old town suds. She worked on her side hustle. She was working on old town suds while she was employed full time for three years. Her grand plan was that she was gonna quit her job this year in 2015 but she got laid off last year on, and she set herself up so well that she told me the first weekend that she was unemployed. She made more money in her soap business than she did the entire months before in her day job. She's impressive, you guys and so will be skyping with her tomorrow. Favorite low cost platforms and resource is this will allow you to not go down the Google whole, you know, arms to spend lots of time and money and energy testing out every single thing that you might need. I'm gonna tell you what, Teoh. Based on my own experience and referrals and recommendations, The dreaded question Uh, this is this is you know, when you meet someone and they say so what do you dio or you see someone after a while and they go. So what are you up, Teoh? And it's so hard when we're in a job that, like, we don't like and we don't want to introduce ourselves from that job because it doesn't. I feel like a good representation of us, and we're really working on this other thing, but we're afraid we're gonna sound flaky. And so we're gonna work together on figuring out what your answer to that dreaded question is gonna be supports the stones. What? What can you dio hold yourself accountable to not feel so alone to help you really follow through and how specifically you could get the support of your family. Because I hear that a lot that sometimes our spouses or parents or whatever they don't get what we're doing. And they're very worried about the money piece and not being able. You're not able to contribute anymore finances. So we're gonna talk about how you talk to them about that and hopefully get them on board. And then finally, we're gonna wrap up tomorrow with your personal I've snap or safety net action plan. I just snap. I couldn't resist calling it a step. So your snap is your breathe easy number and your phase one that gets plugged into a deadline driven action plan, right? It looks like this. That's why I'm going like this on. It's also gonna come with your give notice state. So you're gonna know you're gonna know. Actually, by the end of the next segment, I think like when you can give your notice just based on the money piece that you need. But by the end of the day tomorrow, you'll have your okay. I know I'm quitting in January of 2016. Here's everything I have to do in orderto be comfortable and confidence, Part of my face one and what I'm accountable to along the way. It's really exciting. Before we go on, I just have to say that even if you do not continue with this class, please just make sure if you're here, there's probably you probably need to dick your day job. So make sure that you find the person the resource is the class. The book that's gonna help you do that That is most important to me professionally and my personal mission and making sure that all creative people know that they could make a grown up living doing what they love. Mm. Anything? Anything happening in the chad? Anyone? Anyone getting scared, running away yet not getting scared. I mean, just saying this is absolutely for me. Yeah. Again, I'm going to use the word resonating with a lot of people. This one. Sofia's art photo says seeing this class is my breaking point. I was just crying on my commute toe work. I got this email. The class was live today Today That is a sign for me. Thank you for everything you dio So just a lot of ah lot of people 11 thing that we haven't mentioned yet. Um is age jebbie Matt Com says, What about age? When is it unrealistic to do what I love? Never with the hammer? Never, Never. Seriously. I've had clients in their sixties work with me and, uh what my glides Inter 60 said, Well, I'm gonna I have another 60 years. So why am I going to spend it? It's never too late because you have the rest of your life, no matter what. But who is that that made that comment? Jeb be Jeb B and Sofia to Major. You stick around for the freelancing fear section because that's a really that's a really common one that we that we here we're gonna bust all those freelancing fears together

Class Description

You don’t have to commit your life to a soul-sucking day job. In fact, you can drum up the job of your dreams if you have the right mindset and an action plan to back it up. In Ditch Your Day Job, career coach Michelle Ward will show you what it takes to go from bored-at-work to satisfied and self-employed.

There was a time when Michelle was wasting her days working in finance. She was miserable at work and needed a change. Over the course of two years she cooked up her escape plan and has been perfecting her approach by helping others for the last five years. In this class, she’ll show you how to prepare to leave your day job for a career you love. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a simple plan for getting your business started
  • Establish an emergency fund
  • Identify your existing sources of help and support

Michelle will take the mystery out of starting your own small business and help you zero in on the details that will make it happen. You’ll develop a savings plan that will give you a good buffer before making the leap and get tips on exactly what it takes to make your new endeavor profitable.

If you are done with counting down the minutes at your day job and want to launch your own creative business, Michelle is ready to give you all the inspiration and insights you need to set yourself up with a life and job you love.

As a bonus when you purchase this class, you'll get:

  •  1 Year Membership Free to Bidsketch
  • 2 Free Hours on Breather, to apply towards booking one of their beautifully designed workspaces.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials


Bidsketch Discount.pdf

Bonus Materials

Amazing Discount Codes.pdf

Ditch Your Day Job Workbook.pdf

Ratings and Reviews

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a Creativelive Student

Fantastic course! I highly recommend it. Michelle is a wonderful teacher: energetic, passionate, funny, and encouraging. Kenna is also a great facilitator; the most natural and genuine host I've seen so far on Creative Live! Great job both of you. And a well-deserved shout-out to the in-class participants, who were engaged and candid about their own situations. Best of luck to both of you with ditching your day jobs. This class has given me the structure and several practical tools to facilitate my own transition to creative entrepreneurship and out of a soul-sucking job. Michelle shared many supportive messages that made me look more confidently at my "uniquity" and its value in the creative marketplace; as a result, I am now eager to take the action towards building my art business. I will use my S.N.A.P. to comfortably and confidently get to where I want to be, so that I don't snap at my day job in the process ;-)

Becky Pennington Arce

This course is truly AMAZING! I've been in hyper - forward motion since the first day! Thank you Michelle! This course was honestly different then any other! It gave actionable items, where to find support, and tons of yummy resources (which if very time consuming and somewhat impossible when you have a DAY JOB!) My Day Job is actually "ditching" me but by having a plan (which Michelle gives step by step details how to do), I'm totally comfortable and even EXCITED to be DITCHED! Several items that she shared I've already been able to implement into my creative business plan AND my personal life! Double whammy! I ended up buying the course to make sure I didn't miss anything! Super excited to continue and wish everyone luck on their own creative journey! ~Enjoy!

Heather Young

I was one of the fortunate studio members of this class. Wow! So much great information, step by step instructions, enthusiastic encouragement and fun! Michelle takes you through the baby steps needed to form a solid foundation to get ready to ditch your day job and do it with a plan, a safety net and a support network. A common sense guide to doing something uncommon and (to some) seemingly nonsensical. The videos will teach, inspire and encourage, the workbook will make it real for your own situation and the resources that are provided will be invaluable as you prepare to ditch your day job. You will be so glad you purchased this class!