I’m Stephen Warley and I’d love to help you get started.
I’ve been self-employed for the last 18 years. There was a time in my life when I never considered it as an option. In fact, I was afraid of it. That’s why I want to make the path to self-employment a smoother one for you than it was for me.
I’m so glad I fell onto this path! It has enabled me to become financially independent, have complete control over my time and work in alignment with my values and needs. Now I want to help you do the same.
The Life Skills That Matter
Working for yourself is also the best way to prepare yourself for the future of work. Check out these stats about how quickly work as you know it is changing!
The biggest mistake first-time entrepreneurs make is not taking the time to fully assess their first and most important business resource: themselves.
After all, YOU are the first resource for your business. Here’s everything you can learn about yourself. You need to assess yourself like any other resource. You need to understand what you’re working with as you design a business model that supports your abilities, needs and values. To get you started, I’ve designed a series of self-assessment challenges.
To help you learn about yourself as you start your business, I’m going to teach you about an often overlooked set of “soft skills” I call the Life Skills That Matter. They are the skills that will help you understand your purpose, optimize your personal productivity, boost your self-confidence and increase the value of your work.
To inspire you to finally commit to making the transition to self-employment, I’m sharing new stories and lessons each week on my podcast about people who were just like you not long ago, but have found a way to work for themselves and on their terms!
The First 5 Actions of Self-Employment
Lots of people think about working for themselves, but too few ever do anything about it. They either think they don’t have enough time, enough money, a good idea or how to get started. Below are the first 5 steps I recommend to begin your self-employment process.
ACTION #1 : Leave Work On Time
Honestly, this is the very first piece of advice I give someone who is currently employed and thinking about working for themselves.
On average people can find an extra hour a day by leaving work on time!I’m not advising you to blow off your current job, but don’t feel like you have to go the extra mile anymore either.
Do exactly what you’ve been hired to do and clearly establish boundaries about when you will arrive and leave work. Leaving work on time puts your job in a new context. It’s now funding your transition toward self-employment and will force you to make more productive use of your time while you are at work.
ACTION #2 : Schedule a Meeting With Yourself
Once you’ve taken back 1 hour a day from your current job, use that time to schedule a daily meeting with yourself to focus on becoming self-employed.
You are just as important as anyone else in your life. Set up an appointment in your calendar with yourself, just like you would do for anyone else. If you want to work and live on your terms, you need to make time for self-reflection.
How you spend your time says more than what you “say” you want to do. If you are serious about working for yourself, you have to make time for it.
ACTION #3: Write Daily
I have interviewed 500+ self-employed people and they have said the number one habit for getting unstuck is writing daily.
If you are considering working for yourself but haven’t taken any action, you’re stuck. You know the path behind you is no longer an option, but the path forward is unclear.
Writing daily enables you to get your thoughts out of your head, so you can gain a new perspective as you read them in written form. I like to think it also primes my pump for idea generation and my creativity.
I believe writing daily is the most important self-awareness habit you can develop. You can track your fears, your unproductive habits and anything else holding you back from becoming self-employed. Once they are in written form you can confront them.
Remember, your writing doesn’t have to be anything formal. It can be lists, random thoughts, drawings and anything else that gives you the freedom to express your thoughts and ideas.
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ACTION #4: Calculate Cost of Your Lifestyle
Do you have any idea how much money you need to live your ideal lifestyle? Do you even know how much money you spent last year?
I created a Lifestyle Calculator to help you calculate how much money you really need to make each year once you become self-employed.
A lack of savings holds lots of people back from becoming self-employed. Once you run your numbers through the Lifestyle Calculator I created, you will be able to identify and cut unproductive spending to increase your funding for your transition toward self-employment.
ACTION #5: Hang With Like-Minded People
Making the transition from “employee” to “self-employed” is really about changing your habits. Your life is the sum of your habits. And your habits are heavily influenced by the habits of the people you spend the most time hanging around.
Nothing will support your transformation more quickly than hanging out with people who want the same change as you or are doing what you want to do. If you don’t have a lot of self-employed people in your life, you need to make some self-employed friends.
When you see possibilities in others, you start believing in them for yourself too.
Make friends, not connections. Build a community, not a network. Seek out people that genuinely interest you or you think you might be able to help.
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I appreciate the time you’ve already spent on this website. One of the primary motivations for starting this community is that I was tired of being alone on this journey. I know how hard it can be, so I don’t want you to feel as alone as I once did.
I know how important hanging out with a community of like-minded people is to make the big change you want to make in your life. I would be honored to be invited on your journey.
I don’t know the answer to everything, but I’ll do my best to research an answer to your question.
I’ve managed online communities before and I want to do my best to answer every single one of your emails. I want you to share your stories, your struggles and your successes. Teach me how to better help and serve you.
I look forward to working with you.
Remember, it’s possible!
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