Are you feeling trapped in your current job? You’re in luck! Today I’m talking with Linda Enoh, exit-strategy coach and travel coach! This busy mom and entrepreneur wants to help other women like herself step into the careers they’ve been dreaming of.
Hi, and thanks for your willingness to appear on my blog! I’m looking forward to sharing your knowledge and advice with the rest of the world (at least with the small portion of it that follows my blog). Please, tell us about your business.
In my coaching business I help high-achieving and ambitious corporate women plan their exit strategy from their day jobs. I started in January of 2017 based on my own experience and the fact that so many women who had worked very hard to get where they are in their corporate career feel like there’s no way out for them.
What has been your biggest struggle in launching your business/career?
The biggest struggle was my messaging. I knew in my head what I wanted to do and how I wanted to help, but translating that into coherent words that would make sense to my ideal client was a hurdle that I had to overcome.
How did/are you overcoming it?
I sought help from other coaches who knew exactly how to do that. I’m a strong believer in learning so it has always been very important for me to educate myself to better myself. Whether it’s something I can quickly learn on my own or a paid program where I’d learn from someone who’s been through what I’m going through.
What’s surprised you the most about working for yourself?
That freedom is a double-edge sword: yes you have more time to yourself, but you also have to know how to use that time wisely!
What’s your favorite part of this kind of work?
The breakthrough that my clients get when they realize that they can actually turn their dreams into reality.
Is there any one event/moment that helped you move from starting your own business to making a living with your own business?
Once I stopped looking at what everyone else was doing and focused on what I was good at and enjoyed doing. I don’t have to spend time trying to learn things that I don’t enjoy doing, instead I have to focus on my zone of genius, which in the end benefits both my clients and me.
If you could give a new entrepreneurs one piece of advice, what would it be?
Choose a business model that works for you, and stay in your own lane. You don’t have to do it exactly how others have done it. If you want your business model to focus on 1-on-1 coaching, do that. If you want an evergreen group course model, do that. You get to choose, it’s your business after all!
If you could do one thing differently in your career, what would it be?
In my business, I would start promoting a lot sooner. I felt like I wasn’t ready because I had left the validation that you get in corporate (you get that validation by getting hired), and had to “seek” for a new one in the entrepreneurial world.
What’s your favorite kind of work? Why?
The PhD in me loves to work complex scenarios with short deadlines. This is why I love to work with women with big, bold, scary goals that may sound impossible or even ridiculous to the average person. I love the challenge and, of course, the satisfaction that you get once you accomplished you goal.
What does your work space/office look like?
Both my husband and I work from home. We have a pretty cool T-shape set up for both of our desks, where I get to face the window (I must have natural light for inspiration). I chose white desks for a clean and professional look, while our black bookshelves are full of business, travel and Christian books.
What does your work day look like?
When I have to meet a strong deadline, I make sure to wake up around 6 am before everyone else to work on the most important tasks of my day. Then I help my husband get the toddler boys ready for daycare or I feed the twin baby girls. Yes, that’s 4 kids under 4! The rest of my day is pretty much dictated by the twins’ nap schedule: I can work 1 or 2 hours on social media, outreach, content creation, research and so on. Once the boys come back at 4 pm, I’m pretty much done working for the day. I can listen to a podcast or a FB Live replay while I cook or clean up, but that’s pretty much it. For the rest of the day I spend quality time with my husband watching some TV shows or sports, before I prepare for the next day: from writing my to-do-list to selecting school clothes for the kids.
What’s your go-to snack when you need one?
Uh-uh. This is not something I’m very proud about, but as someone who grew up on a Mediterranean diet, I have to say that bread is my go-to snack. A close second, and much better option, is fruits. 🙂
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I would say that if you’re waiting for the “perfect” time to start your business, listen to this: NOW IS THE TIME. It takes time to grow a successful business, that’s why you have to start as soon as possible. At the end of the day, remember that the sooner you start, the sooner you’ll be able to leave your unfulfilling job!
Thank you so much for appearing on my blog! Have a blessed day!