Read how one blogger was able to take her money coaching side hustle full time and QUIT her job. Clo Bare shares why she decided to quit her cushy $130k a year gig to pursue her dreams.
Well, well, well… Look who’s back to the place where it all began… It’s Clo Bare. Remember me?
It’s been a minute, but let me explain.
The last few months have been INSANE.
Like, insane insane.
Clo Bare, and now Clo Bare Money Coach has grown SO much in such a short period of time.
It’s wild to look back at how this blog started a few years ago.
It was 2017 and I was at a much different place in my life. I created this blog as an outlet to write about mental health, body image, and relationships. With time (and LOTS of therapy), I began to heal, and the purpose of Clo Bare began to change.
Getting My Money Right & Getting My Head Right
A big part of getting my mental health right was connected to getting my money right.
I was sick of living paycheck-to-paycheck, so I taught myself how to level up my finances by stopping the constant stream of impulse spending, learning how to stick to a budget, and finally, how to build wealth through investing.
It was during this time in my life that I came to realize that I wanted to make a change with Clo Bare and write about something new: money!
This idea to blog about my personal finances led to offering financial coaching sessions. From there, the sky was the limit on what I felt Clo Bare could become.
And here we are, fam. Full-time entrepreneur life.
Why I Quit My Job: Full Time Entrepreneur Life
So much has happened over the last few months.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog because things have been a little bit crazy.
Not only did I quit my full-time job, but I also launched a new business, created a whole dang investing course, coached over 100 people in the last 3 months, started studying to be a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and continued to grow on Instagram and TikTok.
I’ve been overwhelmed to say the least– but it’s all because of some amazing stuff going on.
But now that I’ve got the Lazy Investors Course out and things have calmed down a bit, I’m ready to dive back into content creation, cause honestly?
It’s one of my favorite things to do.
Providing y’all with financial education you need to build that wealth.
Why I Quit My Fancy Six-Figure Job: Passions
In October of 2021 I quit my fancy, schmancy, six-figure consulting job to pursue my passion of money coaching and content creating full-friggin-time. I’ll fill you in on why I made this huge decision, how I made it happen, and what my life looks like now as a full-time entrepreneur.
Spoiler alert: It’s amazing. And stressful. And fulfilling. And hard. And so, so worth it.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
Why I Quit My Cushy Job:
1) Clo Bare is my passion.
I friggin’ love teaching people how to money. It’s my life’s purpose and it’s something that brings me so much joy. I wanted to take a chance on myself and pursue this thing full-time.
Now here’s the thing– I used to think that in order to quit my job, I needed to first completely replace my full-time income from my regular 9 to 5.
But I realized– that actually isn’t the case.
The largest reason I wanted to make as much as I did at my old job was because I wanted to invest like a mad woman to be able to retire early someday. I so desperately wanted to make as much money as possible so that I could leave that job and not be tied down by it anymore.
I wanted to be able to travel when I want.
Take time when I want.
Live where I want.
And spend time working on WHAT I WANT.
It was a great gig with a lot of perks, but it wasn’t my passion. And at the end of the day… I started to ask myself: Why would I want to work for a civil engineering firm when I could be helping people improve their finances?
If I’m doing my passion full-time, which is teaching folks how to money, then I really don’t see myself retiring anytime soon. I don’t feel the pressure and urgency to leave my job as soon as possible.
Will I still invest?
But does it feel as urgent as it did when I was working full-time?
Nope. I love what I do now, and I can see myself doing this for the rest of my life, to varying degrees.
2) I made a monthly income goal– and crushed it.
Another thing that made me realize that leaving my job was a viable option was I started making enough money to cover my bills, and then some. After reaching my first $5k month, I decided if I could make $5k a month for 6 months, I’d give myself permission to quit my job.
Enter: Imposter Syndrome
I think a lot of us struggle with Imposter Syndrome, especially entrepreneurs.
We keep wondering: am I actually an expert? Should people really be paying them to help them money? Do I EVEN know what I’m doing!? WHAT IF I’M A FRAUD?! WHAT IF I SHOULD JUST QUIT AND HIDE UNDER A ROCK FOREVER?!
I’m sure my fellow entrepreneurs can relate… and honestly? Likely most everyone else too.
But you know what gets rid of imposter syndrome, or at least helps?
As the months went on I kept making that money. I kept selling out of my coaching months in advance. And I kept getting better and better at teaching people how to money.
Pretty quickly $5k months and more became the norm.
And guess what?
It wasn’t a fluke.
I consistently made over $5k a month for 6 months and in October of 2021 I realized it was time to pull the trigger.
3) Finally, I wanted to take a chance on myself.
I realized, most importantly, that if I died tomorrow, one of my biggest regrets would’ve been not taking a chance on myself. I knew deep in my bones that I wanted to quit and I wanted to try to take this dream of mine full-time.
And I knew that if I didn’t take the chance, I would always regret it.
I wanted to give myself permission to bet on myself.
I wanted to see just what was possible with my business.
I wanted to give it a try and really dive into what I truly wanted to do.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized the absolute worst case scenario would be if it didn’t work out, I would have to go out and get another job.
And if that was the worst case scenario?
I was willing to take that chance. It’s not like I was quitting my job to stop working – I was quitting my job to pursue my passion.
This realization took the pressure off.
And you know what?
My only regret is that I didn’t quit sooner.
Why I Quit My Job: TLDR
ANYWHO. That’s enough for now.
Gotta keep on with this blogging thing again. Do I even know how to blog anymore?! Where do I put the things?! How long should it be?
But essentially, I know in my bones quitting was the right move for me. I’ve been exponentially happier even though I’ve also been exponentially busier.
Stay tuned to hear about HOW I made this transition into being a full-time entrepreneur happen, and what my life looks like now.
I hope you all are having a phenomenal start to your new year and pursuing things that add value to your life. Thanks for being here after all this time, fam.
Have you taken part of the great resignation? If so, let me know in the comments below!