More Time Working Does Not Equal More Productivity

You're walking down the street and run into someone you know and haven't seen for a while, and this is usually how the conversation goes:

"Hey! What's up? How are you?"
"OMG, BUSY! I'm so busy. How are you?"
"Yeah, busy."

Why do we do this?

Why do we try to out-busy each other?

Seriously, who wins that particular contest?

Because I will tell you the secret, ugly truth about business:

More time working does not equal more productivity.

There's tons of research around this if you don't believe me. John Pencavel of Stanford University found that your output tanks after 50 hours a week, so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing with those extra hours. {Ouch.}

Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that working long hours {and weird hours, like shift work} is bad for your health.

In fact, successful people understand that you cannot hustle 24/7 and expect good results. You'll make yourself sick, burn out, start missing things, etc.

A famous {or maybe infamous} example of this was when Moz CEO Rand Fishkin stepped down as CEO and publicly discussed his battles with depression and burnout as a result of the startup culture of busy. He stopped hustling so hard, and is now happier, healthier, and yes, still successful, as a result.

Why we glorify busy

I think the problem is that most of us still believe that time equals money.

Now, when you're working for a paycheck or trading hours for dollars in your business, this is, in some senses, literally true. But most people who work more than 40 hours a week don't get paid for those extra hours.

Either they don't get overtime {working at a salaried job} or, as entrepreneurs, we're doing tasks that don't directly impact our revenue.

Even if you're not trading dollars for hours in your business, the longer you work on a project {say, a blog post for marketing or even designing a new product} the relative value of that project in relation to your revenue goes down. Meaning, the longer you work on something, the less your time is worth.

In our individualistic culture, there's this huge drive right now to make every moment count, and part of it stems from this notion that time is money.

But you have to ask yourself: are you making your moments count for the right things? And what are you actually spending your time doing?

Why too much hustle is actually making you less productive

When we focus on the hustle, the busy, on productivity and seeking more work out of every moment in our day, we actually diminish what we can accomplish.

There's loads of research to back me up, like the study I mentioned above that showed that people who worked 70 hours a week accomplished nothing with the extra time.

There's also research that shows we're mostly actually really bad at multitasking. Every time you switch from one task to another, you lose concentration, and it takes valuable seconds for your brain to "refresh" and get back on task. That means, the more often you switch, the more seconds, minutes, even hours you lose to brain static in your day.

Even though logic seems to dictate that the more we work, the more work we will accomplish, the opposite is actually true. It's a little thing we call the law of diminishing returns.

You've probably experienced this for yourself: If you give yourself three hours to write a blog post, for example, it will take three hours.

But the reverse of that is also true: If you give yourself less time to accomplish a task, you're likely to get it done faster.

Maximize your output, not your time expended

The key, then, to getting off the busy-mobile is to train yourself to focus and do the things that are actually proven to help you be more productive and accomplish more.

Do less, better. This is a principle of Essentialism that I try to live by. It means choosing only the most important tasks and then focusing on them completely. This can be super hard in our multi-tab, apps and alerts culture, but it's vital if you want to quit being so busy.

Focus, rest, repeat. Since you're committed to doing less, better, you need to really focus on each task. But focus takes a lot of energy, so you'll need schedule regular breaks to make sure that you stay focused. This is called the Pomodoro technique, and it can really help you structure your work time to ensure you're making the most of it.

Disconnect. Especially for entrepreneurs and those of us that work from home, it's tempting and easy to be "working" all hours of the day and night. No need to commute! You can answer email from bed, from the yard, from the bathroom! {Ew.} But when you're "always" working, you're not very focused. Disconnecting will improve your focus and productivity when you're actually supposed to be "on."

Recharge. Whatever that means to you, rest is important. It might mean prioritizing sleep at night, or getting your cardio on. It might mean your morning meditation sesh or weekly yoga class. Or it might mean actually taking a vacation sometimes {remember those?}. Without regular rest, you're headed straight for burnout.

Redefine success. As you may have noticed, there's no prize for being the most busy. Stop thinking about busyness as a measure of your success {or importance!}. Instead, really think about what a successful life would mean for you. More time with family? More time for your passions? More time to give back? Focus on those metrics to feel more fulfilled.

When you change the rules of the game, anything becomes possible. I know entrepreneurs who work only three or four hours a day, or only three days a week, and are still wildly successful by anyone's standard.

That's because being "busy" is never a direct correlation to being successful. Instead, focusing on the right tasks, giving them your full attention, and then taking meaningful breaks to recharge in between is the road to not just more success, but more satisfaction.

The Secret To Staying Motivated While Building Your Side Hustle

Do you ever feel like all your hard work you are putting toward your side hustle is getting you exactly… nowhere?

It can feel frustrating when you're following all the steps to success: staying focused, dedicated and persistent. But still, after all your effort — you've got nothing to show for it. No big wins. No lasting results. And no income. You start to wonder, will I ever be able to leave my 9 to 5?

We've all had moments when it seems like our hard work isn't paying off, haven't we?

I most definitely have.

There was a time when I was building my side hustle and putting all of my effort into it (doing all the “right” things) — but nothing seemed to be paying off.

As a result, I lost my drive.

I desperately wanted to feel motivated and fulfilled and closer to giving my two week notice. But the truth is — I was massively disappointed by my lack of results.

So what's the secret to making our efforts count? How do we stay genuinely motivated, especially when it doesn't look like we're making any meaningful progress?

Today I’m sharing with you my secret to staying motivated while building your side hustle and working your 9 to 5.

Check out the FB Live I did on this, HERE.

And don’t forget, I have a free LIVE training coming up on 10/4 that you won’t want to miss! I am sharing my 4 Step Framework on how to build your Freedom Fund so you can give your two week notice with confidence, ease AND money in the bank!

 Are you ready to quit your 9 to 5 for good?

Are you ready to quit your 9 to 5 for good?

How to Go From Employee to Entrepreneur

I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Business Mojo and Margaritas Podcast.

Here are the show notes:

EP037 How to Go From Employee to Entrepreneur with Amy Coats

Together, we talk about:

  • Why she left her corporate gig for the online world

  • Why her first business wasn’t quite it for her

  • The advice she would give her former corporate self

  • What you need to know before you leave your day job for your dream job

  • How her dreams of social impact fuel her day-to-day

  • Leveraging the lessons and mistakes for greater impact

Whether you’re leaving your job or playing big in your business, this conversation is meant for you.

Listen to the Podcast HERE.

About Amy

Amy Coats is an Entrepreneur, Corporate Exit Strategist, CFO, and founder of Virtual COO Solutions & Two Week Notice Society. After 20 years in the corporate 9 to 5 world, she realized she was destined for something far more satisfying.

But it wasn't enough for her to find her happy place in the world. She created Two Week Notice Society to empower women who feel the same way she did when she left the 9 to 5 grind and started her entrepreneurial journey. She is passionate about helping corporate women get their online businesses up and running, so they can leave their 9-5 and be the woman they dream of becoming! Her strategies contain the exact steps she followed to make it to the other side and love life all over again.

7 Crucial Steps To Take Before You Go From Employee to Entrepreneur

Here's How to Make the Leap from Employee to Freelancer:

1.  Do You Have Health Insurance?

Before you give up your existing coverage, you'll need to have a plan for getting coverage, whether it's through your spouse's plan, COBRA, or another provider. This is one area that was difficult for me.  In full disclosure, I went without health insurance for quite some time!

If you need to look for a new provider try looking at Healthcare.gov, HealthSherpa, GetInsured, Medi-Share, or GoHealthInsurance.com on these sites you can add your age, income, and family members to get quotes from various companies. On a couple of the sites, I was able to find coverage for around $200 a month for myself. If your income is low enough, you and your kids may qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

2.  Do You Have a Retirement Plan?

When I switched from employee to entrepreneur, I was totally clueless about what to do with my existing 401K and how to plan for my future.

First, you’ll probably want to roll over your existing 401K into an IRA (Individual Retirement Account), SEP IRA (Simplified Employee Pension) or a Solo 401K, so that you can continue to contribute to your retirement plan. Each type of account has its own pros and cons, so meeting with a financial planner can take a lot of the guesswork out of the process. I was able to meet with one at my local bank. It took a couple of meetings to get the paperwork filled out, filed, and the account setup, but once everything was in place it’s been little to no maintenance to keep up.

3.  Have You Thought About Your Taxes?

When I started my business, I knew I had to keep track of my income and expenses (yay, for my financial background!), so I used Quickbooks Online to record everything.

While it can be tempting to save a few dollars on expenses, don’t scrimp when it comes to managing your finances. Using a spreadsheet to track your income and expenditures is not only time consuming and segmented, it also doesn’t calculate how much you owe in quarterly self-employment taxes. Using a simple online accounting system like Quickbooks to help automate, organize, and track your finances will save you time and headaches when tax time rolls around.

4.  What's Your Business Structure Going to Be?

The second part of your tax equation will depend on your business structure. As a freelancer, you can choose to run your business as a Sole Proprietor, General Partnership, Corporation, or a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Again each one has its pros and cons and meeting with an attorney or an accountant can take the guesswork out of which is best for you. It's easiest to get started as a Sole Proprietor because you don't need to have a separate business bank account or an Employee Identification Number (EIN), but I would recommend setting both of these items up. Another item to consider is when you're working as a Sole Proprietor your personal property and your business are considered one, which could be problematic if your business is sued or has bad debt. Forming an LLC provides a buffer between your personal property and your business.

5.  How Will You Stay Organized?

It’s easy when you first start out to manage your clients “in your head“ or by using a simple calendar. But once business starts to pick up and you have multiple clients, it becomes very difficult to remember what needs to be done, and when. One of the easiest ways to manage and run your online business is by utilizing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. CRM software allows you to organize, automate, collaborate, notify, gather data, and track your projects all in one place — which simplifies and streamlines your business. And there is no reason to worry about price — Trello is not only easy to use, but it’s totally free and can be used on both your desktop and smartphone.

6.  Do You Have Peace of Mind?

One of the biggest stressors for new entrepreneurs is lack of money. Unless you've gone through my Thrive Without The 9 to 5 program and you’ve learned and implemented my strategies to replace your income BEFORE you give your two week notice, you'll probably be starting out from scratch — no clients and no income. To help alleviate some of this financial stress, it's wise to have an emergency fund. Again, I work with my clients to alleviate this stress.  Experts usually suggest having 6 months worth of essential living expenses (rent, food, utilities, etc) in your savings account. During this time you'll also want to modify your budget to cut out non-essential spending while you're ramping up your business. You may also consider doing some side tasks to bring in a little extra money.

7.  Have You Found a Tribe?

Making the switch from employee to freelancer requires a huge change in your mindset. But not only that, you'll need people who understand your new world; which often your spouse, family, and friends don't quite understand because they work in a traditional work setting. Be sure to find groups, organizations, and like-minded freelancers to connect and network with. Your tribe will be invaluable when you have questions, need advice, or just someone to vent to. Be sure to join the Two Week Notice Society Facebook Group by clicking here.

Conclusion

Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur can be a scary endeavor, but once you start planning and executing your dream, you’ll become more at ease with the process and lifestyle. Just keep placing one foot in front of the other, and whatever you do, don't give up. You got this!


How To Make Time For Your Side Hustle (While Working Your 9 to 5)

I get it. It’s difficult to balance a side hustle with your 9 to 5 job. Believe me, I know. I’ve been in this situation a couple of times. First when I was working full time as a Financial Controller and running my online business on the side. And now I have 3 online businesses that I juggle.

Throw in a social life, maintaining your home, looking after your kids, or general life commitments, and it can seem like too much to take on. The rewards a side hustle can bring like more freedom, extra money, etc. make it all worth it though.

The key is to make sure that the negatives don’t outweigh the positives.

Here are my tips to help you make more time for your side hustle and stop you from burning out.

Keep your why at the front of your mind

Having a clear understanding of why you’re taking on this extra work will help you to figure out if the extra time and hassle are worth it.

Every time you’re tempted to slack off, remind yourself why you setup your side hustle in the first place. Do you need the extra money? Are you trying to start your own business so that you can be your own boss?

Is your why a strong enough reason to keep going? Having a strong reason for adding a side hustle on top of your 9 to 5 will make waking up early, working through your lunch, and working on evenings and weekends more bearable.

I completely understand how tiring it is to have a full-time job, and how you don’t always feel like working when you get home. When I was working full time as a Financial Controller, I also had my Virtual COO Solutions business on the side. Too often I let a bad day at work stop me from working on my online business when I got home. All I wanted to do was wallow in self-pity. I regret not pushing through and putting more work into my business as it made me very happy and boosted my income every month.

Choose top 3 priorities and focus on getting them done

You don’t have superpowers! If you try to do absolutely everything on your to-do list, you’ll most likely fail.

Consider which 3 tasks will bring the most benefits to your business and focus on them. Make a note on your computer or invest in a paper planner and write down what your top 3 priorities for the week are. I find that writing them down on paper makes me feel a lot more accountable and makes me more likely to complete them. If I make a note on my computer, I can just move it to the next week like nothing happened. It doesn’t have the same guilt factor.

Too often people (myself included) waste time on the wrong things. Choosing the tasks that will benefit your business the most will ensure that you’re still making good progress even if it’s a little bit slower than you’d like.

Set goals and track them

You gotta have goals! Otherwise, it can be difficult to figure out what to focus on. Having goals will help you to stay motivated to keep working on something even when you don’t feel like it. It will help you to stay focused on what you want to achieve and stop you from getting distracted by shiny, new things. You’ll also stay accountable because you took the time to think about and write down your goals.

It’s important to track your progress regularly so that you know if you’re on schedule to achieve your goals. It’s easy to forget about tasks you should be doing when you don’t check in every now and again.

Make the most of any spare time

You have more free time than you think you do! Every spare second can be put to better use.

First, evaluate your time. Identify what your other commitments are so that you can see where it might be possible to carve out some time for your side hustle. What hours do you need to be at your day job? Do you attend any exercise classes? (I wouldn’t recommend cutting these out to make more time because exercise is an important part of self-care and will help prevent overwhelm.) Are you part of any clubs or committees whose meetings you need to attend?

Once you’ve identified where you have some free time, block out specific times to work on your side hustle. Don’t just say I will work on it on Saturday. Say I will work on it on Saturday from 10–4 and don’t make any other plans for this time. Commit to it! Treat your side hustle like it’s a job that you have to attend. This is especially important if you hope that your side hustle will eventually become a full-time job for you.

Don’t cut out all social activities. It’s important for your mental health that you interact with people and also take a break from working all the time. However, you may need to cut down on your leisure time if you want to see quicker progress with your side hustle.

Other ways to make the most of any spare time include doing some work while you commute (if you take public transport) and working during your lunch break. However, for your own health, I wouldn’t advise working through your lunch break every single day as you’ll become exhausted and overwhelmed.

Batch your tasks

Trying to do too many different things at once will overwhelm you and make you want to quit. Every time we become distracted, we waste time trying to get back into the zone after the distraction has passed.

Try batching your tasks, e.g., spend one evening cold emailing new clients, spend another evening setting up your social media strategy, etc. This involves concentrating on similar tasks that require similar resources, meaning you’re not jumping from one task to another and back again.

Batching your tasks allows you to focus on one thing at a time so that you’re less distracted and become more productive.

While multitasking can be distracting and can lead to a decrease in productivity, sometimes it’s ok if it’s not a task that requires intense concentration. You could promote your business on social media on your laptop while watching your favorite show on TV or listen to an educational podcast while tracking your income and expenses for the month.

Automate your processes

To save time, automate any tasks that you can. You can schedule your blog content, email newsletters, and social media posts. Your website platform should allow you to schedule your blog posts days or weeks in advance. You can also schedule emails or set up an autoresponder that automatically sends out a series of emails once someone signs up. I use ConvertKit to automatically send out a welcome series of emails to new subscribers before they go on to receive my weekly email.

If you post on social media regularly, you can use scheduling apps like Buffer, Hootsuite, Tailwind, or MeetEdgar. It might take you an hour or two one evening to schedule everything, but then all of your social media is done for the week. Of course, it’s important to also actively engage with people on social media but having all your posts go out automatically will save you a ton of time, and it means that you won’t skip a day when you don’t feel like it.

Starting a side hustle while working full time is one of the most challenging things you can do, but it’s so rewarding. It will allow you to earn extra money, pay down debt, be creative, be your own boss, and learn new skills. The rewards are endless! It takes a lot of hard work to balance the two, but if you really want it to work, you can make it happen.

Ready to quit your 9 to 5 and start working on your side hustle full time?
 

How I Quit My 9 to 5 And Replaced My Income In 6 Months!

I had the honor to be a guest on Lorna Poole’s Financial Freedom Podcast. We had a great discussion about how to leave your 9 to 5 job.

Here are the show notes:

Find out how to quit your 9-5 and create the life you want with the income to support you. Amy has walked this journey and shares with you exactly how to do it.

About Amy Coats

Amy Coats is an Entrepreneur, Corporate Exit Strategist, CEO and Founder of Virtual COO Solutions & Two Week Notice Society. After 20 years in the corporate world, she realized she was destined for something far more satisfying.

She created Two Week Notice Society to help women get out of there 9 to 5 job and start there entrepreneurial journey. Her strategies contain the exact steps she followed to make it to the other side and love life all over again.

Show Highlights

  • Amy shares her story of quitting her corporate job. Find out how Amy got enough income to do this.

  • The fear of change when we decide to make our move.

  • What to do before you quit your job so your business will succeed.

  • How to scale your online business?

  • Effective ways and mindset to get income in six months.

Amy’s Gift For You

Join my FREE 5-Day “5 Steps To Leave Your 9 to 5 Job In 1 Year or Less” Course where I’ll walk you through the process of planning your exit, creating and launching your online business to an eager audience (even if you don’t have one yet) and how to replace your income. Go here to grab yours…bit.ly/twns-course

5 Steps To Achieve Your Goals Faster

"Power is not given to you. You have to take it." 

-Beyonce

(This Beyonce quote is on repeat right now for a reason.)

I am one of the 8% who has accomplished a BIG goal (ie. Leaving my 9-5 job and replacing my income).

I am one of the 8% people who CAN do this.

If you're serious about setting a goal to leave your 9 to 5, this is what I suggest: 

1. Think BIG.

Point blank, BIG is scary. Big requires REAL action. INTENTIONAL action. Are you going to finally do what it takes to create that dream online business, so you can have the freedom and flexibility to live a life you desire? 

How about having regular and recurring income? That would be nice to have too, right? How about consistent 5-figure income and a system in place to generate more with each month passing? 

Ask yourself how much and by when? 

2. Think about the pain in your life.

Say what?? Yes, think about the pain. Pain drives change. Comfortable living keeps you at status quo. Pain drives change. When you touch a burning stove what do you do? Instinctively move away! When you remember and live with the pain, you work to make things that much better! Your drive is increased!  My biggest pain was going to a job that I no longer loved and working for someone else's dream.  Working ALL OF THE TIME so someone else buy a nice car, have a nice house and take nice vacations.  

3. Create space in your life for the change. 

You have to do the work to change. That means new learning and new habits. That means you have to create space in your life for something new. That means you have to dedicate hours of your life, hours of your work for this new change. It takes work and anyone who says otherwise is a fool. Talk to your family, your business partner, your kiddos if you need to. Have the conversation with yourself and anyone else you need to, to create the space required.

4. Get help.

New change requires new learning. You don't know what you don't know, so here's the deal. Dive in! Dive right in! Don't hesitate. Read something. Talk to someone. Interview another. Shadow. Mentor. Whatever you need to do. Do it. That also means get a partner-in-crime. Yes, an accountability partner. Not a friend, not a foe but a real deal partner to keep you moving forward.

5. Decide.

Don't roll your eyes! You have to decide that this is the moment where your goals and resolutions will become true. Fact is this is probably the single most important step. Either you are in or you are out. Either you will or you won't. There's no other way about it. Decide and move forward.

What's your big goal for 2019?  Are you going to be the one that says goodbye to their 9 to 5 FOR GOOD?

Last but not least.

--> I am currently inviting 10 highly motivated and ambitious women to be part of my Thrive Without The 9 to 5 Intensive, starting September 24th.  This Signature Program will help you bust out of your cubicle and into the online business scene with personalized, step-by-step support from someone who has been there, done that and learned to Thrive!  

It takes you from confused and overwhelmed to having a successful online business so you can give your Two Week Notice and have the freedom, flexibility and fulfillment you desire!

Learn more here.  

3 Reasons Why Your Online Business Will Fail (And You'll Stay Stuck In Your 9 to 5)!

As many of you know, before I became a Corporate Exit Strategist, I was a Virtual COO.

I took all of the knowledge I had gained from my 20 years in the Corporate world and offered my services to local and virtual businesses.

In the very beginning, I tried to get my Virtual COO business off the ground for several months without 1 paying client!

It was a struggle.

I was putting myself out there daily.

I was telling everyone I knew what I did and how I could help them.

I was following experts trying to absorb everything I possibly could about building a business.

After all of my time, sweat and lots of tears... I still couldn’t get a paying client for several months. And after I got my first one, the second and third were NO easier.

My business was failing and it was hard to admit.

Now that I can look back and see what was really going on, I realized 3 things I was doing exceptionally wrong and what I should have done instead.

Here are the 3 reasons your business will fail:

Reason #1: You’re trying to do everything perfect

Perfection is the enemy of greatness. When my clients come to me and are struggling… perfectionism is usually hidden somewhere.

Either you are afraid to “put yourself out there” and be seen… and fear the judgment and criticism that often comes from it.

Or you are trying to “look professional” and want top-notch images, branding, landing pages and are putting in way too many hours trying to achieve the Brand that you want.

:: What to do instead: Remind yourself that it is a process… we all have to start somewhere and it’s not going to be perfect. Every time you so something it will get better and better. 80% complete is done enough.

Reason #2: You’re trying to do too much

There is so much to do. When we get scared about money and bringing in sales… we tend to do more. Get on another social media platform, try a new marketing strategy and do everything we possibly can.

The problem is that you are sabotaging yourself by spreading yourself way too thin.

:: What to do instead: Your time is the most precious thing you have. I would rather see you concentrate your efforts. Go DEEP instead of wide. Focus on 1 social media channel and give it your all. Perfect 1 webinar every month instead of coming up with brand new content all the time.

Reason #3: You’re trying to do it all on your own

You are a smart cookie, you know it and I know it. And because of this you think you can figure it out all on your own… but how long is it going to take you?

If you had 20 hours a week to work on your business, I want you spending that 20 hours implementing not “trying to figure things out”.

As an entrepreneur your main focus should always be ROI. If you put in 20 hours of work, what is your return on investment? If you’re trying to figure it out on your own you ROI will be low to $0 and that’s probably one of the big reasons you biz is failing (your ROI is shot).

:: What to do instead: Get a mentor, learn from other people who has been there and done it! Why spend 6 months figuring out something you can learn in a matter of weeks working with a mentor. Get the support you need to build this dream business, whether you decide to work with me or someone else!
 

How To Manage A Side Hustle With A 9 to 5 Job

How to be good at your 9 to 5 AND your side business!

I often get asked about how to stay motivated in a 9 to 5 while building your business – especially when you’d much rather be working on YOUR dreams (rather than building someone else's dream!), and my answer is…

It’s not easy.

I used to catch myself all the time reaching for my phone to check my email and see if I’d gotten a new subscriber or a new strategy session booking.

Or, I’d realize halfway through a meeting that my mind had wandered to the new webinar I was planning.

But as I slowly started zoning out at work (you know, the job that was paying for everything in my life), I realized that something had to change...

Here are the top 4 tips that helped me stay engaged at my day job while building my business in every spare minute outside of it:

Realize that you owe it to yourself

As high-achievers with big dreams, it’s in our blood to always be the best that we can be. If you can remember the last time you didn’t give something your all, I bet you can also remember how horrible it felt.

Knowing that I wasn’t doing the best quality work that I could, that I was endangering the reputation of excellence I’d worked so hard to build over the years, that I’d lose the respect of my coworkers (and my own) if I continued this way – that scared the heck out of me.

And it’s funny...as soon as I brought my performance back up to par, I felt rejuvenated and even more motivated to excel in my business as well.
 

View your job not as a chore but as an opportunity to learn

No matter where you are in your corporate career, it’s easy to get stuck in your day-to-day and lose sight of the fact that your company is a successful business, with all the systems and processes that you need to know for your OWN business in order to make it a success.

I’m not proud of how long it took me to realize this, but as soon as I did, I can tell you – it was like being let loose in an ice cream parlor filled with delicious, magically zero-calorie ice cream.

It wasn’t easy, and sometimes it was even awkward, like when I’d invite myself to meetings or ask our salespeople questions about selling when it had nothing to do with my job. But I didn’t let that stop me.

I knew these were things that I needed to know to succeed, so I made the most of my “free” education...

And I bet if I were to ask you right now to name 3 ways you could learn from your 9-5 business, you could snap them out just like that. Right?

Schedule the heck out of everything

Enough said.

Be grateful

In our drive to build our dream lives, it can be really easy to forget that we still have a lot of things to be thankful for, even if we haven’t realized the whole dream yet.

And near the top of that list is a job that provides a steady income and allows you to invest in your business when you’re starting out and all you have is a dream of changing lives, starting with your own.

This week, I hope you approach your 9 to 5 with a sense of gratitude and possibility instead of with dread, because before you know it, you’ll be a full-time entrepreneur, making more than you ever dreamed of (or maybe exactly what you dreamed of ;)), with your 9 to 5 a fading memory in your rearview mirror.
 

How To Stand Out In A Saturated Market

If you have an online business – or are in any way marketing your services online (which is all of us, right?) – then today’s episode will give you practical answers to the question I receive the most:

How do I stand out online in a saturated market?

Amy Coats is the fabulous woman entrepreneur joining me today to share her answers to this question.  Ooooh and her answers are GOOD!

Amy is the founder of Two Week Notice Society.  She helps women build an online business strategically so they can smoothly leave their 9-5 corporate job.  She does this through her signature program and through 1on1 work.

During this conversation, Amy shares 4 ways she ensures that she stays visible and relevant.  And 1 powerful way she’s exposing herself to others who don’t yet know about her! She also shares her favorite tool for staying CONSISTENT online (such a challenge for most of us!).

This is a very practical interview and you’ll definitely walk away with some easy to implement strategies on how you can stand out amongst everyone else in your market!

Listen to the Biz Women Rock Podcast episode here.