This post was originally published on July 1, 2015.
I have to admit that I haven’t always been the type of person to act on my ideas. I would dream about running my own business, but I didn’t have the guts to do it. I was happy to work for someone else and put my dream on the backburner. Just the thought of preparing a business plan was enough to overwhelm me. I spent many years working in jobs where I needed to react quickly, but they didn't give me much experience with planning ahead. For example, I worked in a homeless shelter where I frequently had to take a reactive approach to situations, breaking up fights and dealing with conflict on a regular basis. I quickly learned how to think on my feet. It was chaotic and sometimes it felt like every time I turned around, there would be another fire to put out (on occasion, it was an actual fire).
When I lost my job, it gave me a chance to slow down and think about what I wanted to do next with my life. I knew that I couldn’t keep working in jobs where I was reacting to problems over and over again. It was exhausting. There had to be a better way of doing things. I needed a career that would allow me to think ahead and create a plan to get things done. This was when I discovered project management – a system of organizing thoughts and ideas, planning how to do things efficiently, and bringing ideas to life. It was a different mindset for me. It was proactive – the opposite of what I was used to.
I decided to use the project management process to put my idea in motion – I was finally going to start my own business. I wanted to educate small business owners about how to create an action plan with project management. As I developed templates and teaching materials, my business idea started to come together. I began doing short presentations to networking groups and after a while, someone asked me to teach them how to create an action plan for their business. They knew a few other people who would be interested in learning as well. This opportunity turned into a 3-hour workshop for 8 people… and then a second workshop for 5 more people. I was onto something!
My business has now grown into a few different services. If you are ready to make changes in your business, career or personal life, I would love to help you create your action plan. Let’s start turning your ideas into reality!