These aren’t the tips that you’re used to.
Yesterday I officially announced via my Instagram page that I quit my job almost two months ago. I was very encouraged by the messages and comments I received regarding the news, and some people asked me how I did it.
I want you to know that this post will take an unconventional/non-traditional approach to tips on working for yourself full-time; and I’m sure most of you will be shocked by the advice (or lack thereof ) I give. But if you consider me to be a blogger/person with integrity, then you’ll know that nothing I’m saying is of fallacy.
It’s been a goal of mine to be a business woman and work for myself for a long time. I wasn’t sure exactly what kinds of businesses I’d run, or what industry I’d be part of, but I just knew I wanted to work and answer to myself.
Usually when I read posts on how to prepare for full-time entrepreneurship, it usually includes saving 3-6 months rent, creating a business plan, making sure enough revenue is coming in, etc. But today I will share tips on how to spiritually prepare for entrepreneurship.
1. Ask God About Your Desire for Entrepreneurship
I’ve been an entrepreneur for a very long time. It started in high school when I’d sell fruit snacks at my track meets for $1 per pack. So the desire to become a full-time entrepreneur has always been in me. But the truth is, seeing so many women that look like me quit their corporate jobs to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams showed me how that could also be my reality. As a woman of God who is extremely spiritual, I did not want to quit my corporate job because everyone seemed to be doing so. I knew better than that. So I spent a few years praying for the Lord to make it possible if it was His will. I prayed that in the time God would allow, quitting and pursuing my entrepreneurial efforts full-time will not only make sense but but also be necessary.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
Oh boy, look at you… already side-eyeing me. Manifestation is a word that the world has taken and adopted to be their own. But the concept of manifestation (not to be confused for the new age concept of the law of attraction) is very very biblical:
(as it is written: “I have made thee a father of many nations”), in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were. ROMANS 4:17
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
Fix your thoughts on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).
I would often make mention that I am a minister, wife, mother and full-time entrepreneur before any of those titles became my reality. I even created a #futureselfchallenge years ago on social media that spoke of who I wanted to be in the future. And by the grace of God alone, He has made it all come to pass.
<< disclaimer: be careful when you “manifest” the life you want according to scriptures, and it comes to pass by God’s grace, make sure to always give God the credit and the glory. YOU are not God, and YOU did not create the life you’re about to live. God in His sovereignty did it.
3. Faithful in Tithing, Offering and Seed Sowing
I cannot stress enough the importance of tithing and giving in general. I preached on tithing here (start at 39 minutes) if you’d want to know what the scriptures say about it. But tithing has truly protected my finances from the devour and caused me and my my household to never lack financially. Because of the tithing covenant mentioned in the book of Malachi, I knew that blogging full-time would be a blessing for me.
4. Garner Support Through Loved Ones
The path to entrepreneurship can be a lonely one. But if you discern who God has placed in your life to encourage, support and even help you then the process and destination becomes less daunting. I told my husband from the beginning of our relationship that I wanted to be a stay- at- home wife and mother, running multiple businesses and working in ministry. He has supported those desires from day one, and gave me the green light shortly after maternity leave to quit.
You may be thinking because my husband is a pharmacist, it was easier to quit my job and pursue my desires. But what many people don’t know is my husband quit his job as a pharmacist to return back to school and complete a residency for an entire year. Most people with two children, a mortgage and other financial responsibilities would never do this. But we did. And we paid our tithes and sold seeds faithfully. And by the grace of God, after completing his residency, we realized we made and saved more money while he was in school then we did before he went to school and held a full time job.
So you see, friends- all is possible with Christ Jesus. Commit your plans to Him and let Him establish you.
Next year, I’ll let you know how much I made in my first year of full-time entrepreneurship vs. a year’s salary. But I’ll have you know from now, by God’s grace I will make the same, if not more! 🙂