5 Tips on Transitioning from FT Employee to FT Entrepeneur

Below are 5 quick tips on transitioning from a full time employee to a full time entrepreneur.

1. Set a goal:

Make a detailed plan and be specific. Set deadline dates to have things done and other specifics such as estimated amount of readers you want to reach, how much money you want to make, etc. Revisit your goals periodically to asses your progress.

2. Pay down debt:

Live modestly (within means) to help your dreams come true. It’s much easier to be an entrepreneur when you don’t have huge bills and debt hanging over your head.

3. Create multiple streams of income for yourself:

Contracts and ads can come and go so focus on creating products and services that you can deliver directly to your readers. Create multiple streams of income to protect yourself and your blogging business.

4. Take the leap and just do it:

There will never be a right or perfect time. Plan and strategize what it will take, what you can bring in and then work like crazy to make that happen.

5. Invest In Yourself:

Invest in your business with the income you generate before leaving your FT job. Use this opportunity to grow your business and to focus on personal development that will help when you do make the leap.

BONUS TIPS:

Take the time to meet people, network, and build genuine relationships. Conferences, Tweetups and other events are key to building relationships with bloggers and brands that can pay off in the long run.

Lamar Tyler
 

Using his motto "The Gatekeepers Are Gone," Lamar, along with his wife Ronnie, has successfully leveraged social media to move the couple's website BlackandMarriedWithKids.com from a small personal blog to an international brand with over 500,000 Facebook fans. As a filmmaker Lamar directed and produced five full-length documentaries which deal with the challenges and triumphs of marriage in the black community and have been screened to sell-out crowds nationwide. Among the recognition received for his work, in 2012 Lamar, along with wife Ronnie was named one of Ebony Magazine's Power 100, a list of the top 100 movers and shakers in the black community for the second consecutive year. The list also includes President Barack Obama, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Tyler Perry among its ranks. In 2014 the couple was selected as finalists for Black Enterprise's Family Business of the Year and in 2015 were selected as finalists for the Infusionsoft Small Business ICON award.

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