If you wait until you feel ready to chase your dreams, you’ll be waiting forever.
Deep down, you probably already know that you want to take your consulting or advisory services to the next level but you’re lacking the self-belief necessary to do so.
The thing is, the signs you’ve been looking for are already inside of yourself. With that in mind, let’s take a look at seven clear signs you’re ready to up level and start building or growing your consulting or advisory practice and find professional and personal freedom.
#1 You Want to Make a Bigger Impact on the World
One of the best things about being a consultant or advisor is making an impact on the world. You provide valuable information and guidance to people in need and transform your clients’ lives. This in turn gives them the momentum they need to create change for their clients, and their clients’ clients, and so the ripple effect goes on.
If you feel like your work is no longer meaningful or fulfilling, it may be time to uplevel and start working for yourself, or remodel your monster business to allow you to make a greater impact on the world.
#2 You Don’t Feel in Control
When you work for someone else, your life is in their hands. You have to do what they say and follow the company rules…even when it goes against everything you believe in.
The same goes for when you’re running a monster business filled with clients who don’t truly value your work and simply want to get as much out of you as they can, for as little money as possible.
When you create a true freedom practice, you get to pick and choose your clients, and only work with those who truly value your services. So, if you’re ready to feel truly in control of your life and work again, then it’s time that you uplevel.
#3 You’re Not Learning Anything New
If you feel like your work is no longer interesting, or if it doesn’t challenge you to grow and learn new things on a regular basis, then it’s time to make a change.
When you’re performing the same old compliance tasks again and again, you’ll no doubt get stuck in a rut.
The best way to ensure that your work remains interesting and fulfilling is to create a practice where you’re working with interesting clients and offering the services that you’re genuinely passionate about.
As an independent consultant or advisor, you’re always learning and gaining even more experience. You teach your clients, yes, but your clients also teach you!
#4 You’re Working More Hours Than You Should Be
Running a client-based monster business can quickly turn into an all-consuming beast. You work long hours, you answer emails at all times of the day and night, and your phone is attached to your hand 24/7.
When you level up and create a freedom practice, however, things suddenly become much easier. You can earn more revenue from fewer clients and keep your costs low so that you keep the lion’s share of the profits.
Having more free time isn’t just great news for your mental health and personal life. It also gives you more time to spend on the aspects of your practice that you care about the most. You can spend the majority of your time focusing on strategy and learning new skills to continually improve yourself and, by extension, your practice.
The decision to up level and start a consulting or advisory practice can seem daunting, but it’s a decision you won’t regret. Creating a freedom consulting or advisory practice gives you more control over your professional and personal life, the ability to make a greater impact on the world around you and far more job satisfaction. If any of the above signs resonate with you, then it’s time to level up.