#030 Sarah’s Update: Why I wanted to quit my business in April and what helped me get back up

Now that covid is a bit easier, I get to see so many people live again and I always try to listen to the question they’re asking (or the comments they’re making on my pivot. And most of the time the response is like: I didn’t know it was like this for you, or I didn’t know you officially started coaching since March.
So I thought, you know what, I am going to create an episode about this.

As you might know, I was doing a lot of interim work for different kinds of organisations in the non-profit sector, mostly in arts & culture or human rights. I loved doing it, as an interim manager you help organisations grow and change their business and I often was a team leader for a short period of time. So after my job was done, I left for a new organisation that needed some support. 

Once covid hit I lost 60-80k of income, and the year wasn’t even filled yet, I calculated I would hit my second 6-figure year. But of course we all know what happened, I lost all of the clients and was actually quite depressed. Some people stood up and fixed things, I didn’t, because frankly I worked so hard in 2019 for my first 6-figure year I really wanted to take it easy, but not as easy as covid told us all of course. 

In 2020 I was contemplating, luckily I had a lot of money on the bank, on what I should be doing, an MBA or maybe a business coach, because I knew my freelance work wasn’t a safe income stream (it never is actually, let that sink in). 

At the end of the year I landed 3 clients in the tech and online space and I was working again and I decided to work on business coaching. First at a not so great coach, but my real first coach, Amy, listen to episode 25, helped me a lot. In December 2022 I quit freelancing, I hit my 130k year and I was very very happy about it, but I pivotted and changed everything: my offer, my ideal clients. In November 21 I did a pilot with my goal setting course, including private coaching, but my first coaching clients could work with me from March 22 on. 

In April 22 I wanted to quit, but my other coach, Melissa (#27) helped me to push forward and continue. And May was my best month yet, when I did my launch + sales challenge with myself (and later on shared it with you on instagram)

In June I attracted loads of corporate clients which will probably all bank in August (I am recording this on July 20th), but it is just incredible to see that only in a few months time I am back on my old schedule again and I know it will be better from here. 

But make no mistake, you do need a big sales strategy, some savings and a lot of skills before making your pivot and that’s why I created the Big Business course, to help you do the same. To help you a bit with a free download, I created a professionally personal plan for you: shownotes.

Monday the pre-order for the Big Business Mastermind doors close and it’s a great deal. You can send in your application now and I will review it, once I read it, I will contact you to see if you’re a fit. So there’s no strings attached until you actually bought the program.

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