Selling my business changed my life!
But probably not in the way you’re thinking.
I was managing my second small business and it wasn’t super profitable. But it paid the bills and gave me time to finish my degree.
It was fine.
But I was done with fine and I was done with just paying the bills so I sold it.
I longed for more. But I didn’t know what that looked like.
Ever been in a spot like that?
I wanted a challenge. And I wanted to earn more for myself and my son.
But I had no idea where to start.
Where does a former Realtor and small business entrepreneur fit in Corporate America?
I began applying for jobs and interviewing.
For four long months I got nowhere. My reserves were drying up and I was beginning to freak out!
So I got a job waiting tables to bring in some extra cash.
I was starting to lose hope.
On a whim, I asked my friend’s husband if he would review my resumé and advise me on what sort of corporate job I would be good at.
He was a leader at Dell. I knew for sure I didn’t want to work at Dell, but I wanted his expertise.
I sat with them on a Sunday night at their kitchen table with a bottle of wine.
I shared my experience and he asked me lots of questions.
He told me what my minimum salary should be. (More than I thought!)
That I should get a bonus. (A freaking bonus? Yes!)
He said that because I’ve self-managed over my entire career, I would be an asset to any manager in any organization.
I left that conversation with renewed hope and a determination to find a role that I’d love.
3 days later, he called me with a job opportunity.
Uhhh, what? A role at Dell? Working in tech?
“It may not be your dream role, but once you’re here, you can find it.”
I interviewed. I felt unsure.
But I stepped out of my comfort zone.
In March of 2014, I accepted an offer as a Marketing and Communication Manager at Dell.
It changed my life.
My financial situation improved immediately – I was able to provide more for my son than ever before.
Professionally, I was challenged in ways I didn’t know were possible.
I grew. I evolved. I matured.
Saying good-bye to my small business opened up a whole new world for me and my son.
You never know what is on the other side of saying yes to a dream! Just do it.