If you’re considering walking away from Corporate America, ask yourself what you want your life to look like in 5 years. If Corporate America isn’t in the picture, you should begin focusing more of your attention on building your own brand, instead of the company you’re working for.
Here’s a little bit about how I ended up in Corporate America…
I went to college hoping that I’d leave have an amazing, unforgettable experience. I’d pick a major I knew could land me a job. I’d walk away from college feeling like I had a pretty good understanding of what I was going to do for the rest of my life. I looked up to the idea of the American Dream, you know? Going to college, landing an amazing job, and rising through the ranks of Corporate America.
Well this is what actually happened…
By the time I was 23 years old, I found myself with a Mechanical Engineering degree I knew I would never put to use, and with an MBA that I was too young and inexperienced to land an MBA-paying job with.
I landed a job straight out of college in the Consulting workforce for the world’s largest Digital Consulting firm. I spent three years traveling across the country while rising through the ranks of Corporate America.
I worked with some of the most well-known brands and still felt completely burnt out and unfulfilled at the end of every day.
Two years in, I decided to begin building my own blog and brand, Epic Fab Girl. I had no idea what it would become, but it started out as a passion project. I wanted to impact lives in a meaningful way, but soon my work schedule became so gruesome that I wasn’t able to focus on my passions like I wanted.
So, I decided to walk away from Corporate America to pursue full-time entrepreneurship. It has been the best career decision I could have ever made. Here are 5 reasons why:
Freedom of time
While still working in Corporate America, there was no true freedom of time. I was always on someone else’s watch. I had to travel to client sites, show up to meetings, make conference calls, and put together presentations, all dictated by others.
Being a full-time entrepreneur means that my time belongs to me, and I spend it how I want it. I’ve always been pretty discipline with my time, but the freedom of time has given me the ability to do what works best for me. My work-life balance is amazing, and I feel quite fulfilled and more productive than I’ve ever been.
Flexibility to organically build and grow my brand
While working my brand as a side-hustle, there was only so much I could do. There was so much pressure to focus my attention on doing all the right things at the right time because my time was so limited. Now that I have more time, I’m able to test out my ideas, build out my community, and invest in organically building my community and brand.
I’m now able to be a lot more intentional with my time and efforts. I’ve even been able to grow my team from just a team of one, to over 30 writers along with a core team that helps push content out on a monthly basis.
Building my team for Epic Fab Girl has given me the flexibility to launch another venture; a small business consulting firm. All of this happened as I transitioned out of Corporate America and made room for building my own brands.
I’m my own boss
As you build your own brand, you can, ultimately, be your own boss. This just might be the best part. I don’t have to answer to anybody (except my clients). I’ve had a ton of fun working with my small business consulting clients, so that’s a relief. Being able to dictate the trajectory of my life and my schedule has been extremely invigorating.
I can give my all to building something I’m passionate about and believe in
I’m an extremely hard worker, so it’s nice to know that I can see first-hand how my hard work is paying off in people’s lives. When I was putting in 8-18 hours a day while still working in Corporate America, I became drained, burnt out, and unfulfilled. This was mainly because I wasn’t passionate about the type of work I was doing.
My life has become so much more fulfilling now that I am working towards building something I’m passionate about and believe in.
I’m way less stressed than I was before.
I mentioned before that my work-life balance has become amazing, and I cannot stress that enough. I can now go to the dentist in the middle of the day, go for a run on the lakefront in the middle of the day, or even choose a day I don’t want to spend working at all. This is the type of work-life balance that I need. I’m not as stressed as I once was, but it’s mainly because the work I’m doing is much more fulfilling.
You have to choose you or nobody else will…
You have to choose to build your own brand or else you’ll always choose to be building others’ brands.
If you’re considering walking away from Corporate America, you’ve got to plan for it. The choice is yours, and no matter how scary it might be, it’s so worth it.
Though I didn’t mention the financial freedom that full-time entrepreneurship brings, that’s a huge part of it. However, working a fulfilling job with flexible hours and no real boss is enough for being able to walk away from Corporate America. It’s the best career decision I could have ever made.