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How to startup your own business when you’re in a job

Rather than starting your business the hard way like I did back in 2007, resigning from a corporate job with no real clue as to the next steps, check out these do’s that will help pave the way for a brighter, closer future.

Do: Start Networking:

If you don’t network in your current role, this can be a daunting, scary experience. However, it’s a necessity and hugely rewarding in so many ways for you to develop yourself and your startup in the best way possible. You gain access to so many useful connections who can help you in ways you couldn’t even think up right now. Network through LinkedIn, local business events, expo’s – you name it, they’re out there. Use LinkedIn to find out who’s currently running the type of business you want to startup. They can give you useful tips on disasters to avoid, how to overcome challenges, all sorts. Get connecting.

Do: Develop your Social Media:

If you’re lucky enough at this stage to know your business name, bag your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc names. This can be especially easy to do if you want to remain anonymous. Associated images at this point can be anything but your profile. It’s a great time to test out your new business voice, get confident with your message and find out what your target audience want to hear from you. I know a startup who is still in a 9-5 who has several thousand likes on Facebook and already has people recognising her brand name through her actual name. (She’s being made redundant from her current role, so there is no need to hide what she’s doing!)

Do: Start Squirreling away

To quote Austen, ‘it’s a universally known fact that..’ startups use up a lot of cash. Some startups really require little cash: business cards, website etc. However, it’s the living costs you’ll need to cover whilst building up your lovely startup. The 10% rule for saving is a great one, I think we can all really afford to save 10% of our income each month, we just choose not to. Get disciplined and save 10% every month and you will be so pleased with yourself when it comes to leaving your job. You’ll have an extra cushion behind you.

Do: Research and/or Complete the Relevant Training:

Not only will this be completed and paid for whilst you’re in your current job, but it’ll also mean you’re being paid for completing this course – take it out of your holiday. If you’re really serious about your startup this will be something you’ll be prepared to do. Once you’ve left your job it’ll mean you’ll also be that much further forward and closer to being paid for your new business product and services. With the added benefit of 100% confirming that this is really the business you want to startup.


Clare Whalley celebrated 10 years in business in 2017. A great milestone to achieve. She graduated with an International degree in English and Education and went into corporate life to pursue a career outside of teaching. Successfully passing a rigorous graduate scheme into a blue chip company; working in several positions across team management, customer service and sales roles. A working trip to India helped her decide to resign, retrain and set up her own coaching and training business.

Clare now lives in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham with her two young children, Isabelle and James and her husband Rob.

Clare works with fellow business owners to help them create a business they love too. She uses strategies and tools which will help business owners get to the clients they love to work with, with more consistency and ease.

To find out more about my small business coaching programs click to download here or to have a chat with Clare to find out more about how coaching can help you and your business book in for a free one hour business strategy session

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