If you have been thinking about escaping your corporate job, you may also have been fearful of what you could actually do if you set up on your own.
In this article I am going to share with you the top escape routes that will give you more time, money and freedom.
If you are like me, you want a structure and a plan, so that you can escape your cubicle without the fear of ‘will it work’, ‘will I make any money’ and ‘what are the steps’.
But before you think about how you build your business, you need to know what your business is going to be.
So how do you jump ship and start a life of freedom, what are the easiest and best business options? What kind of business could you build on the side, whilst still working in your corporate career, and keeping that security that you are so used to?
Escaping Your Corporate Job
Route One: Coaching
Have you ever been told that you are great at listening and helped people by being the ear they really needed?
Instead of listening and helping people for free, why not turn this into a business? As a great listener you probably care about people and are looking to make a difference in the world. This is what being a coach is all about.
Whether you want to be a life coach, business coach or leadership coach, if you have the natural skills and talents, then coaching can be a great freedom based business idea.
Here are some of the skills a good coach needs, and remember if you don’t have all of these skills you can learn them at a coaching school.
- Listen with curiosity. If you genuinely listen with curiosity, rather than impatience and a lack of attentiveness, you have the basic foundations of a great coach.
- Take in what you hear. Can you take in what you have been attentively listening to? Did you hear the words, read the gestures, feel what they are feeling, understand their emotions and see the hidden meaning behind what they are saying.
- Reflect back with accuracy. Can you reflect back to them with accuracy what they have been saying, to show you have digested the information, allowing the person to check in with themselves too?
- Question for exploration. Can you ask questions that delve deeper into the meaning behind what is being shared.
- Provide feedback. Feedback is often thought of as being inherently critical, but that need not be the case. Successful coaches are careful and discriminating about how they employ feedback. The successful coach avoids the common mistake of using feedback as a vehicle for asserting expertise.
If you listen, reflect, question, and provide the right feedback, you can easily build trust in the coaching relationship. If this is something that comes naturally to you, then a coaching career could be your ticket to freedom. If your life has been calling you to make a difference to people and help others achieve big dreams then this is a path for you.
Escaping Your Corporate Job
Route Two: Consultant
You have gained skills and talents in your corporate role that may best be utilised under your own brand, rather than the corporate giant you have been working for. If you have been working in the marketing department, operations department, accounts department or building websites your next logical step is to escape to consultancy.
The benefit of doing this off your own back is that you can work from anywhere, and at a time that suits you… you can even leverage your earnings and earn more than when you were in your corporate role, but spend a fraction of the time doing so.
There are consultants for sports teams, investment banking, publishing companies, and accounting firms. Literally everyone and anyone with a marketable skill can become a consultant BUT to be a GREAT and SUCCESSFUL consultant in any domain you must have developed very specific qualities and skills:
- Ability to work well with others. Consultancy can be a group project so one of the most important skills is the ability to work well with others. You have to be able to listen as well as speak and handle other people with grace. If you do not like working with others then consultancy is not for you.
- You need a service-orientated personality. You need to be motivated to get the job done, and to the standard your client requires. If you can’t fulfill what your client wants, you have wasted their time and yours and will not get a great reputation.
- As well as working with others you will need to be a great leader, and be able to come up with ideas on your own. Your job as a consultant is to fix or improve an aspect of a company or business. The owners and managers are looking for you to come up with the solutions and tell them how to make it better. If you like to sit back and let someone else pick up the slack then consulting is not for you.
- Problem solving and logical reasoning. It is your responsibility to come up with the solutions, so your ability to think outside the box and from alternative views will enable you to be a great consultant.
- A skill. You may be thinking this is a given, but for you to be a great consultant you must have an exceptional skill. Your business growth and reputation will be built largely on how well you deliver. You will be in demand if you are the best. So you need a skill that you get known for.
Escaping Your Corporate Job
Route Two: Trainer/Teacher
Training is a huge responsibility and needs motivated and skillful individuals to implement. Unlike coaching, you will not get deeply embroiled in the stories that your clients are telling themselves, as a trainer you are there to deliver a solution to a problem that your ideal client has.
For example, a problem may be that your client doesn’t understand how to use social media. As a social media trainer you would give them the step-by-step process on how to use the platforms to their advantage. You would not get into a discussion as to why they are feeling blocked about using the platforms.
Key skills you will need as a trainer are:
- Strong communication skills. If you are going to conduct your own training programmes you need to be highly efficient in communication of all kinds. Understanding problems, conveying ideas, conducting training – all of this is carried out through words. If you have trouble communicating, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get your clients properly motivated, or effectively describe the reasons behind the need for the training you’re recommending to them.
- Passion for learning. The best learners make the best teachers. A passion for learning reflects in the quality of your teaching. How can you teach and motivate others if you yourself are lackadaisical about the process of learning?
- Innovative thinking. The prospect of attending yet another training session can make anyone, from seasoned corporate executives to entrepreneurs, want to shoot themselves in the head. We’ve all been in plenty of repetitive and monotonous training sessions. We’ve all sat through presentations that were boring or were clearly being taught with a minimum of effort by the instructor. Even if students are excited to explore a topic, a bad training session can kill any enthusiasm they may have had and trainees will soon start zoning out. But training (even corporate training) doesn’t have to be boring. To keep things fresh and to maximise your chances of gaining and holding your audience’s attention, you need to improvise on your teaching style. You need to have a natural flair for creativity, and not just regurgitating what you have been taught/learnt previously.
- Ability to embrace technology. If you really are looking for a freedom based training business then the ability to embrace technology is needed. If you have a natural flair for “online” and a skill/talent that is needed by the world, then you can create information products that teach people how to do something they need.
- Personality… Remember that teacher from Ferris Buellers day off? The one who stood at the front of the class, spoke in a monotonous tone and had the students falling asleep? This guy had no personality. You need to be engaging and interesting for your clients to learn… so a personality is a must for your success.
If you don’t remember Ferris Bueller’s teacher here is a reminder.
What Is Going To Be Your Escape Route?
Choosing your own unique escape route requires you to be aware of the skills and talents you have and your personality traits. Your escape plan can combine all three of these routes, or you can grow your freedom-based business around just one.
The joys of the modern world is that you really can create a business with ease… if you have the skills and talents all you need to do is learn how to turn them into more time, money and freedom for you and your family.
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