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Amanda's musings on entrepreneurship, money mindset, and being a woman in management consulting.

What's holding you back from taking the leap?

I totally get it - making the decision to quit a job with a professional services firm to go out on your own can feel risky and overwhelming. This is especially true if you don't have anyone to guide you through the journey and offer support at each step.

When I quit my job six years ago to start my own consulting company, I had probably five main fears:

  1. I'm not old enough to be a successful independent consultant
  2. No one will hire me because I'm not an expert in anything
  3. I'm no good at sales, so I can't possibly sell high-value engagements
  4. I have no idea how to replace the benefits and pension I earned from my previous employer
  5. I'm going to have to work alone and I'll have to do everything myself

I think this generally boiled down to a fear of failure. As a classic overachieving perfectionist, I was really scared to make this big ambitious career move only to bomb spectacularly.

Luckily, it became obvious pretty quickly that these fears were unfounded.

  • Clients didn't care how old...
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