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What nobody tell you about being your own boss


By Jane Copeland

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I remember the moment I decided to throw caution to the wind and go for it.

I had been dreaming of escaping the cubicle for a life of freedom of the open road, and being accountable to the best boss in the world….me.

After recently having my first baby, I wanted work life balance and thought starting my own business was the answer.

So I started my blog, and intended to somehow turn it into a thriving business.

It had to, I couldn’t afford for it not to work. After all, I had given up a lucrative management position in order to do this. Plus I had a family now.

And then the reality hit, a month in I realised that there were certain things nobody had told me about working for yourself.

For example after spending way too much time browsing YouTube University, I quickly learned that not having an IT department sucks!

Secondly, it can be lonely when you are operating an “in the clouds” business and it’s just you.

But the big thing that nobody tells you about being footloose and fancy free, and only being accountable to yourself – there’s no way you can do it alone.

I worked this out a lot later than I should have, as it was obvious that I needed help.

I had been agonising for weeks over making the right decision, and drove myself crazy with all the thoughts that were going around my head like, should I do this, should I do that?

I longed to have someone to bounce ideas off, to guide me and to make building my business easier.

This bothered me. I didn’t want to spend the money on a coach. It wasn’t part of the plan. So I waited and tried to make my dream business work on my own.

And I continued to stay in the same place.

But I wanted to move forward so I bit the bullet and made the most expensive investment in my business to date.

I started working with a coach. Within a week I had my business model in place and was earning money and I so regretted not getting a coach earlier.

At the time I figured it was the only guidance I’d be needing.

Ever heard the saying new level, new devil?

In order to play an ever bigger game, recently I’ve been feeling like I’d love to have guidance from someone who’s been where I am and is achieving the results I want.

I’ve found myself back in the familar place of thinking about whether I should invest more money and work with a coach again.

Only this time I’ve decided not to waste precious time. So this weekend I’ll be doing a two-day intensive coaching program that’s costing me $2,500. I’m expecting a x 10 return on my investment (swiftly I hope).

It still surprises me how I had no idea that working with a coach would be an integral part of building my business.

If you have your own business, can you relate?

Perhaps working with a coach might be just the thing you need to take you where you want to go. That’s why I wanted you to be the first to know that I’m opening up my group-coaching program soon. Make 2014 your year to upgrade to a first class business through blogging and leveraging your online presence. Hop on my early bird list here.  


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Jane Copeland is an Australian entrepreneur and head of The Business Made Beautiful Academy – an online business school for women utilising her unique Next Top Coach ™ System. She is also a digital marketing authority, publisher of the award winning blog and author of the book Boardroom to Baby. Jane's obsession with internet marketing and her teachings, have helped many people across the globe to stand out from the crowd and redefine their version of success. Learn more about Jane’s programs here.