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Jessica's secret for being your own boss

Some of you think...if I could just work for myself, life would be great. But being your own boss is harder than you would imagine. One day, I was talking to my pal, Jessica Kizorek, founder of BadassBusinesswomen.org. She was having a great day, but she wasn't doing anything she needed to be doing to make money. We chatted about how hard it can be to do what you love AND make money. She said our conversation gave her an idea for a blog post. So, I asked her to be a guest blogger. I think you'll enjoy her post.


I’m a TERRIBLE employee.

Call it a strength or call it a weakness, but I am really bad at taking orders.  My whole life I’ve wanted to make the rules.  Which is exactly why I HAD to be my own boss.    

Most entrepreneurs I know are rule breakers.  They are rebellious and fiercely independent.  

If I had it my way, I would spend my entire day working on MY personal projects - Badass Business Women, Make Them Beg, and my new secret blog I obsess over day and night. Though each one is designed for profit, not all of them generate good money YET. So how do you do what you love AND pay the bills?

In order to bank roll my independent projects, I’ve had to build a business that generates good money.  I’ve spent a bunch of money building my brands.  I’ve had to hustle for clients.  I’ve had to develop the capacity to do valuable work in exchange for money.  I’ve forced myself to learn how to attract clients and sell them on my storytelling skills.

It’s a fine line.   At heart I’m an artist.  I’m a free spirit.  I want to do my “art” of speaking, teaching, inspiring, writing.  I want to create brands.  I want to connect with people.  I want to travel the globe.  I want to tell stories that need to be told.

But the real money comes from the CEOs who hire me to evaluate THEIR brand.  To innovate for THEM.  To design the future of THEIR company.  They pay me for access to my brain, and the dozens of brilliant vendors I bring to the table.

Am I selling out?  Not really.  I’m doing what I love.  For other people.

And I’m created a pretty cool life.  I check email when I feel like it.  My clients don’t call me.  I’ll call them.  They love me.  I love them.

So…do what you love, but make good money doing it.  Keep working yourself closer and closer to the ideal.  I know you want it to happen overnight.  But once you earn it, you’ll revel in it.