Eliminating the Fear of Going from Employee to Owner

Eliminating the Fear of Going from Employee to Owner

If you are considering leaving your job in the corporate world to start your own business, you will likely experience some, if not a lot, of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty in making the leap. And it’s no wonder when more than 50 percent of businesses fail within the first five years.

Here are 10 tips to help you prepare for making the transition from employee to owner:

  1. Decide the best route of ownership for you. You have options. Will you start your own business from the ground up, buy an existing company, purchase a franchise opportunity, or join a direct sales (also known as network marketing) company? There are pros and cons that come with each option. Be sure to take the time to learn about each and choose what’s right for you.
  1. Choose something you are passionate about. The reason for having your own business isn’t to be miserable, so be sure you’ll love what you do. It’s been said that if you love what you do, you won’t feel like you’re working. If you don’t love what you do, you will lack the motivation necessary to weather the storms that come with running a successful business.
  1. Start building your business while you continue working at your current job. While this isn’t always an option, it’s a good idea to take some time to put your feet in and test the waters to make sure business ownership is right for you and also have an income stream while you build.
  1. Create your own security. When you leave your job, you will be leaving behind a consistent paycheck and benefits. You can prepare yourself for the change by making sure you have an alternative cash flow. Do you have a source of income from another job or business? Do you have investments you can rely on for income? Do you have a partner, friends or family members who will financially support you while you build your business? Will you take out a loan? Be careful with the option you choose and choose wisely.
  1. Conduct research and write a plan. Find out what it’s going to take in cost and time to run the business. Determine if you have a viable product or service that others will buy. Define your target market, mission and vision. Take some time to map out your goals and the strategies you will use to accomplish them. Your written plan will be your guide as you run your business and will help you avoid the many of pitfalls other owners face.
  1. Build a network of other professionals. You are influenced by the people you spend your time with. Find and surround yourself with other business owners in various industries who are like-minded. They will help you maintain the appropriate mindset and focus to build your business successfully.
  1. Connect with mentors. You don’t have to take the journey alone. Find others who have successfully run a business similar to the one you want or have and glean from their experience and expertise. Most people will be willing to help and support you and people love to give advice.
  1. Share, share, share. A large part of growing a successful business is making sure others know you are in business and they know what you do. Even before you begin your business, it’s a good idea to start talking about it and letting others know what you’re going to be doing and what your vision is. This will generate interest and potential customers.
  1. Don’t listen to the nay-sayers. There likely will be several well-meaning friends and family members who will try to stop you from leaving your job to own a business. They will give you all the reasons why you shouldn’t do so. Once you’ve decided that owning a business is right for you and you’ve properly prepared for ownership, stick to your plan and don’t let them hold you back. This is your dream and your life. It’s up to you to build it and prove you can!
  1. Make the jump! There comes a time when you’ve done all you can do to prepare and you may find you still have some trepidation in the idea of leaving your job – that’s when it’s time to make the jump. Fear is a great paralyzer; if you wait for there to be no fear, you will probably never get started. When you make the jump, you’ll find it’s not as scary as it seems and you’ll be glad you did.

Owning a business can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. When you are properly prepared, it’s very rewarding and enjoyable.

Catherine M. White
Business Coach & Consultant | Accelerated Results 365 Founder
(206) 422-4450


Catherine M. White

Catherine M. White, founder of Accelerated Results 365, is an author, speaker and innovator. She works with high performance clients to strategically develop effective business processes for continued high level success using her signature system, P.O.W.E.R.R., designed specifically for visionaries, and entrepreneurs. This program leads to authoritative breakthroughs by creating innovative tools that enable businesses to catapult past the competition.

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Energy WooWoo

Energy WooWoo

When someone talks to you about their energy or that they are energetically sensitive do you (in your mind) roll your eyes and say “yea, right”? The truth is that we can truly light a light bulb with our energy system which is just another name for our nervous system.

One of my favorite movies is The Matrix. I love the scene where there is a power plant that is many stories high filled with what appears to be light bulbs. As the camera moves closer, we see that the bulbs are pods for humans. As the movie progresses, we learn that machines have taken over the earth and enslaved humans to use them for the energy they generate in their bodies. Without getting too detailed the fact is that humans do indeed generate energy and that it is transmitted through their energy system which is simply another name for their nervous system. Yea, I am an anatomy and physiology geek, that’s why I find this so fascinating.

Historically, energy work was associated with eastern medicine and eastern health practices. While the Western medical establishment was resistant for many years to these modalities they have embraced (to greater or lesser degrees) the health benefits of acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and other less scientifically proven types of health practices that work thru and on our nervous and myofascial systems.

What is perhaps less well known and less well accepted is the potential for energy system work to support us in our journeys of emotional and traumatic healing. In order to understand this concept, we need to understand a few facts. First emotion is energy. If this sounds strange to you think about when you are really angry or about to start crying. The amount of energy it takes to stop either one of these emotional reactions is huge. It takes a lot of energy to suppress a lot of energy…because emotion is energy. If we do not express energy it is stored in the body, and the nervous system can access this emotional energy when it is triggered. Starting to sound familiar? When you are “triggered” you immediately react in a way that has nothing to do with the current situation because you are reacting to the memory, the energy, that is stored in the body and accessed via the energy system. It can feel like you are taken over by another being.

This explains why a person can spend years in talk therapy with a talented counselor or psychotherapist and understand the emotional underpinnings of a situation very clearly and still find themselves triggered into the response that is held in their bodies. This is where energy psychology can really change the story.

Energy psychology is a practice that works with the emotional history of an event, trauma, story, wounding to remove the energetic or nervous system link to that physical memory of the emotion.

Pause and read that sentence again…and consider what that means.

In my experience, it means that I can stop the mind-looping story that can go on for days (and nights) when I am triggered into a remembered hurt or painful occurrence that feels similar to what I am now experiencing. It means that I can choose to unwind the story and to stop telling it over and over and over again when I am triggered. It means I can be free of those hurts that I have worked so hard to understand through counseling but still, frustratingly, can become very reactive to.

This tool is incredibly useful, powerful and helpful. If you are interested in knowing more or experimenting with how energy psychology can support you, contact me!

Transition Life Coach | Energy Psychologist | Creative Arts Facilitator



Karen Herold



After 30 plus in the business world Karen Herold considers herself a recovering CPA, finance and executive management business leader. She left her business career to pursue a master’s in transpersonal psychology followed soon thereafter by certification as a psychosynthesis life coach. She brings her wisdom and knowledge as a yoga teacher, creative expression arts facilitator, energy psychologist and a life transition coach to each coaching session. Karen is also a member of the faculty at Sofia University. Karen empowers and encourages her clients to embrace Transition as an Invitation to envision, create and manifest their next stage in life as one that is filled with Purpose, Meaning and Value. Karen is a contributing author to The Call of Self: Psychosynthesis Life Coaching, which is a journey to understanding transpersonally oriented life coaching where she shares her experience of the intersection of life coaching and volleyball coaching.

Karen is the mother of three adult daughters…all of whom she coached in club volleyball at one time or another. She is also grandmother to four young grandchildren and is recently married to her loving husband Chris.

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An “Aha!” Moment

One of my favorite things to say is “I used to think…, but now I think…” Some people love the thrill of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I love the thrill of changing my mind. “Aha!” moments create a dopamine surge of electrical activity in the brain.

Have you ever had a word or concept change your entire world view? Perhaps my Story will inspire you. Consider the greeting ‘Namaste.’ I trust someday we will all see each other as Divine.

Our New Indian Family

Our daughter Alyssa was engaged to Sagar Aggarwal from New Delhi, India. I asked my son-in-law-to-be how to greet my new family in India best. He said to say, ‘Namaste.’ I asked, “What does it mean?” Sagar replied, “The Divine in me greets the Divine in you.”

After being a staff pastor at a church for 14 years, I thought, “That is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me!” I was so touched by this beautiful greeting, which instantly changed how I viewed myself and others.

The week of the Wedding arrived, and 12 of us were on our way to India! We were greeted by hugs, flowers, and chai tea. I hugged all the women and children in my new family and said, ‘Namaste.’ I greeted the men with ‘Namaste’ and waited to see if a hug was offered. We had a wonderful week of being tourists and accompanying our daughter for Wedding preparations! Our Indian family did everything they could to show us love and care.

Zumba Workouts Paid Off

Some of the Wedding traditions were simplified. A Dancy Party was held at the family home (rather than a venue). The DJ was a relative, and the music was loud! Sagar’s brother-in-law Saurabh loved to dance and led us in a circle around the main room! I was next in line and used many Zumba moves as I followed him. At the end of the evening, Sagar said, “Thank you, Mom! I feel your love as I feel my own Mom’s.”

“God has met us here!”

Sagar’s Mom, Seema, is a very loving and devout Hindu. They have a temple room in their home, which is used daily. Before meals Seema would bow her head and pray silently. Seema would be praying long after I said my silent prayers. As our two families from the other side of the world showed love for each other, one evening Seema exclaimed. “God has met us here,”! Her beautiful words exploded in my heart, and I experienced a new conversion of faith.

“Girl, you have no box!”

After we came home, I told a girlfriend about being in India and said, “I think the lid is being nudged off my box. She wisely said. “Girl, you have no box!” Now, everything I believe and practice as a Christian has to also be true for my family in India.

Celebrating You

Alyssa and Sagar have been married for 4 years now. And have blessed us with a beautiful grandson named Samar. My favorite greeting is still ‘Namaste.’ When I am asked, “What does ‘Namaste’ mean”? I explain, “The Divine in me CELEBRATES the Divine in you.”

To you, I say, “Namaste.” I celebrate your Divine Soul.

I have created The Soul Power Experience to enable clients to recognize and remove that which blocks them from tapping into the Light, Love, Power, and Wisdom of their Soul.

Dani Green
The Soul Power Experience Creator
www.danigreen.today | hello@danigreen.today


Dani Green

Dani Green is the Creator of The Soul Power Experience using motivational speaking, education and hypnotherapy. Dani also helps clients reduce stress, smoking cessation and weight release. As an Ordained Minister, Dani writes and officiates Weddings and Funerals. Dani and her husband, Kevin have three adult children and have hosted 15 international students.

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5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

Summer is in full swing and nothing is more summer-y than an outdoor dinner party. Balmy temperatures and late twilight make your backyard the perfect place to enjoy your summer evenings. When throwing an outdoor dinner party there are key components to take into account for maximum guest comfort and enjoyment. 

Shade & Lighting

An outdoor dinner party means that you might start with the sun in the sky and end in the dark. Make sure that you think of guest’s comfort in the direct sun and the lighting needed once the sun goes down. Patio umbrellas and pergolas are perfect for shade when the sun is high. For lighting think of café lights and candle light on the table to keep it cozy and keep people around the table long after dark.

Comfort Items

 When dining outdoors you may start in the full sun of the afternoon and end in the cool darkness of night. Think of the change in temperature throughout the party and have comfort items available. Fans, light blankets and shawls are a great way to keep people comfortable and keep the party going. 


Set the tone of the party with music! Even though you are outside music makes people feel like they are at a proper party. A simple blue tooth speaker connected to a phone is all you need. Create a playlist in advance filled with songs that will keep your party lively.  

Table Décor

When decorating your table simple is key. Since you are dining outdoors you want to keep things low and wind proof. Low centerpieces, napkins weighed down with a napkin ring and candles in votives will ensure that even if you have wind blowing through your table décor will stay in place. 


Finally, nothing ruins a dinner party more quickly than bugs. Think of adding citronella torches around the perimeter to keep mosquitos away. You can also have some repellent handy for guests to use as needed. 

An outdoor dinner party is a great way to celebrate any summer holiday, or simply entertain your friends in your home. Follow these tips to create an exceptional experience that your guests will remember well into the winter months. 


Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

Let's Do Life Together at Fave Lifestyles

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3 Steps to Calm the Chaos in your Garage

3 Steps to Calm the Chaos in your Garage

Can you park a car or maybe two in your garage? Can we walk up to the workbench?

Now is the best time of the year to put some order in the garage chaos that you have been living with for too long. Take advantage of the remaining days of good weather left this summer to finally tackle the mass accumulation of stuff in your garage. First: Set a goal for your garage, like park a car in the garage, Second could be walk up to the work bench, not over stuff to get to it. Third, have a cleared off workbench to step up to and work on a project.

One contractor I worked with had those three goals in mind but his garage was so crammed full of stuff there was literally no more room. So he set a goal to only keep what he needed to complete three remaining projects. He wanted to park a car in the garage and be able to walk up to his workbench. This is how we helped him reach his goals:

1st We spread a tarp on the driveway and brought out all the extra electrical wire, and there was lots of it, then all the plumbing supplies. We consolidated all the somewhat white latex paint into one 5-gallon bucket. All the scraps of metal were sold. We continued to bring things out to the tarp for the gentleman to go through and select what he would keep. Remember, his goal was to keep only what he would need for the final three projects.

2nd Each category of supplies was groups and placed on racks stacked floor to ceiling along all the walls of the garage. So we had all the electrical supplies grouped, all the plumbing, all the paints and painting supplies, all the medium sized tools then all the large tools. In front of the workbench on the wall we placed a pegboard to hold the tools he most often needed for his projects, so he had at his fingertips what he used and needed. We also had a row of racks in the area between the where the cars would be parked. Every inch of wall space was used so nothing rested on the floors which made for easy cleaning. A blower could make quick work of cleanup.

Elisa Hawkinson
Professional Organizer | Author Calming Your Chaos | Leader of the Smooth Organizer Community


Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson



Since 2000 Elisa (Lisa) Hawkinson, author of Calming Your Chaos, has been teaching and training businesses and individuals to support anyone who is not naturally organized on a consistent basis to be just that. Her HOW2GetOrganized seminars, workshops, and speaking along with hands-on coaching and coaching by phone has evolved from her natural genetic bent for order. Efficiency, calm, productivity and profitability are increased with the help of HOW2 and Elisa.


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