The Smart Way to Quit Your Corporate Job and Start Your ADHD Business

Hey there! I recently had a conversation with a friend about the challenges and opportunities that come with starting a business while managing ADHD.

It was a fascinating discussion full of valuable insights and strategies.

In this episode, I wanted to share some of the major topics we covered in our conversation and provide you with practical tips to help you navigate yourself out of the corporate world and into the much nicer world (and freedom) of entrepreneurship with ADHD. 

I'm Katie McManus, ADHD entrepreneur business strategist and money mindset coach.

Money Math

Before quitting your corporate job, it's crucial to crunch the numbers and determine your financial runway.

How much savings do you have?

Can you rely on monthly recurring revenue from your business?

We discussed the importance of considering health insurance, retirement accounts, and unexpected expenses.

Researching health insurance options, such as ACA plans or staying on your employer's coverage through Cobra, can save you a significant amount of money.

Additionally, building an emergency fund and planning for unexpected costs is essential. Intrigued?

I got you, boo.

Considerations for Starting a Business:

This episode of "The Weeniecast" is intended to shares valuable insights and strategies for starting a business, whether to quit the corporate job or build it as a side hustle.

Starting a business can be liberating and empowering, but it requires careful planning.

We explored two main approaches: quitting your job to fully focus on your business or starting your business alongside your nine-to-five job.

Each approach has its pros and cons.

By starting your business on the side, you can build a revenue stream and create a financial buffer before taking the leap.

However, if you're comfortable with risk and have sufficient savings, quitting your job might be the right move for you.

It all depends on your risk tolerance and financial preparedness.

Curious about the best approach for you? Read on!

Maintaining Relationships with Employers

When quitting your job, it's essential to maintain positive relationships with your former employer if possible.

If you listen to the episode, you'll hear we explored strategies like offering coaching, consulting, or advisory services to continue working with your previous company.

By providing value and leveraging your expertise, you can generate income while pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams.

However, this advice is conditional on leaving your job on good terms.

Burning bridges won't lead to future opportunities.

Curious about how to approach this delicate situation?

Give the episode a listen now at this point:

05:36 Consider notice period, maintain relationship long-term. Offer coaching or advisory role. Monetize skills after leaving current job.

Managing Fear and Anxiety:

Starting a business can trigger fear and anxiety, especially for individuals with ADHD.

Your brain might crave the stability of regular paychecks and the structured routine of a traditional job.

We delved into various techniques for managing anxiety, including meditation, therapy, and finding a supportive coach.

These tools can offer a sense of calm, clarity, and belief in yourself.

Developing coping mechanisms is essential in maintaining mental and emotional well-being throughout your entrepreneurial journey.

Setting Boundaries with Loved Ones:

As you transition into entrepreneurship, it's crucial to train the people around you, including friends and family, to respect your new work hours.

We explored the challenges of being perceived as 'unemployed' due to flexible schedules and working from home.

This can lead to guilt and judgment from others who don't fully understand the demands of starting a business.

We discussed the importance of setting boundaries, expressing your needs, and educating loved ones about your work commitments.

Curious about maintaining work-life balance and preserving relationships?

Have a listen to the episode!

We get into it!

Hey, look, starting your own business as an individual with ADHD may seem like a daunting endeavor, but with the right strategies and support, it can lead to a fulfilling and successful venture.

By carefully considering various factors, managing anxiety, setting boundaries, and seeking support, you can navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunities on your entrepreneurial journey. Remember, you're not alone, and there are resources available to help you thrive. So, go out there, follow your dreams, and build a business that reflects your passions and strengths. Best of luck on your entrepreneurial adventure!

The episode's timestamps

01:21 "Consider risk, money, and health insurance before quitting."

05:36 Consider notice period, maintain relationship long-term. Offer coaching or advisory role. Monetize skills after leaving current job.

09:09 "ADHD and stress lead to impulsive spending."

10:29 Regretful spending can lead to negative thoughts.

15:23 ADHD: Thrive in structure, struggle with self-discipline.

20:40 Train loved ones to respect work hours.

24:33 Starting a business is a brave endeavor.

25:38 Knowing basics ≠ Knowing entrepreneurship; experience matters.

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