Attorney leaving law to pursue a career in online retail. Ask me anything about leaving the corporate world gracefully to create your dream job.
My name is Christina Arenas and I've been an attorney for 10 years now in Washington, DC. The legal industry is experiencing an existential crisis as the market is saturated with lawyers, AI is taking over, and corporate clients are calling more of the shots. Consequently, the golden years of being a lawyer have left us for the most part. Now, many attorneys like myself are looking at other career options to get out of the law. I'm entering into Month 5 of building my fashion empire, Duchess of Dupont, and these are my tips for creating your dream job.
#1 If you're bored with your current corporate job, don't try to create your dream job off the bat. Try taking up a hobby or joining a club. If the desire to start your own business still persists (after a reasonable amount of time has passed) then you know you're mentally ready. Ideally, during this time, also try to gather some sort of social media following. That will help tremendously when launching.
#2 Don't quit your day job. It takes a lot of time to get a business up and running so don't quit your day job just yet. Rather, be prepared to put in an extra 20 or so hours a week until your business gets off the ground.
#3 Make sure you have ample savings and a business plan before you start. It takes money to make money. Even if you're not buying inventory, you'll need to spend money on advertising, equipment, creating a website, etc. Creating a business plan will guide you and indicate whether you're financially ready.
#4 Don't give up (at least within the first 2-3 years). One of my favorite quotes is: "Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" (Winston Churchill). Launching a business is so hard. It will test your mind and spirit. Because there is no one path to success, you are undergoing a lot of trial and error. You will get frustrated but don't lose hope. Be persist and practice the power of positive thinking.
#5 Always be in marketing mode. In social situations, never give up the opportunity to tell friends, family, people you just met, Uber drivers, etc. to tell them what you are doing. However, make your pitch in a natural way and tell your friends and family to do the same with people they meet. You'll need to change your identity starting by how you think of yourself. You are no longer a (current occupation). You're a (current occupation) who just launched (your company). Ask me anything =)
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