and Everything in Between.
Until June of 2017, I had been working at a large company in the US since 2010. It was my first job out of college. I worked my way up from their travel call center, to getting recruited into the E-Business department, to finally managing and creating marketing strategies for many, many dollars worth of Google ad campaigns.
I started applying what I learned along the way to help small business owners reach their goals. For about 3 years I had known I wanted to leave my job and go out on my own. I felt like I could have more of an impact – plus, who doesn’t want to work their own hours and take a vacation day without asking permission?
I worked my a** off – putting in long nights, early mornings, saving money, and eventually this year I was able to leave my day job to take my own agency full-time and try and make a living from it.
I’m here to share my journey of going out on my own, and how I navigated and took advantage of all the resources I had access to in order to get me where I am today.
This is still very new: I’m going to fall flat on my face…many times.
But I’m also hoping to help you avoid some of the mistakes I make along the way. Because I have already made a ton of them, and many of them are quite hilarious.
How This Site Started
I started Bright Cents as a place for me to showcase how I was paying down my student loans (I had around $72k of them). I wanted to help other people realize it was okay to talk about being in debt, and help them find ways to pay it down faster.
I was putting all of my money towards my student loans…every extra penny. But after a while, I realized there was a goal I was desperate to fulfill.…leaving my job to start my own business.
To make that a reality, I knew I had to change some things. I started saving all of my extra money instead of putting it towards my student loans. I also ended up not publishing much on this site for a while because…well I felt like I had let my readers down.
I was so into the idea of paying down debt faster, it was a lot of what I talked about. So for me to just up and change everything on this site was different. Not to mention, my former boss was a regular reader of the blog, so sharing that I was saving to quit my job was kind of….off the table.
Since I’m now able to share all of the gritty details, this new version of Bright Cents is more about entrepreneurship, leaving a day job, and starting something you’re really passionate about.
I’m going to share the boring stuff (making sure you complete all the right paperwork), to the fun stuff like landing new clients and bringing in more revenue – at least I think it’s fun!
If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email me. I will write you back as soon as I can.