Angela Proffitt had her whole life planned out after college—she was going to work as a therapist, get married, buy a big house, have two kids and drive a Range Rover. Everything in her traditional upbringing suggested that she was on the right track with her life. But for Angela, she realized that this kind of dream wasn’t going to cut it for her.
When Angela left her job as a therapist in a mental unit and moved back to Nashville, TN in 2003, she got a job working at a local hospital. Soon afterward, she took on her first wedding planning client “just for fun”. This lead to the next client and the next wedding, and pretty soon, she had a full-time job AND a full-time wedding planning business. By 2009, she was working 21 hour days, seven days a week.
Then in 2011, she got a phone call that ended up changing her entire life and making her choose between her wedding planning business or her hospital job. With only 24 hours to think about it, she decided to take the plunge and hand in her resignation. She quit her job, jumped on the self-employment bandwagon and left her “traditional” life behind her.
Today, Angela is a successful (and extremely busy) wedding and event planner. She also teaches classes for other businesses owners on how to integrate technology into their businesses to become more proficient and profitable and she is working to come out with her own products later this year.
Listen to Angela’s story about making the switch into self-employment and what she’s learned along the way. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show…
In this episode of The Day I Quit, you’ll discover…
- What made Angela feel like she was in a helpless rat race at her job
- How she got started in the wedding planning business and how she knew that this type of business was the right fit for her personality
- How she uses technology to save time, manage her employees and streamline her business
- What she does to increase her word-of-mouth referrals
- Angela’s #1 piece of advice for other people who want to quit their job
- What happened in her wedding planning business that left her with 24 hours to quit her job
- The encouragement her boss gave her the day she quit (while she was in tears)
- Why Angela didn’t charge for her services the first two years of being “in business”
- The knowledge and skills that Angela learned in her 9-to-5 job that set her apart from other wedding planners in the industry
- What she’s learned through trial and error about managing her employees and interns
- How mastering the “follow thru” in her business has made her the go-to person for events
- Why she makes all her employees take a personality test before she’ll consider hiring them
- The mindset that keeps her on track when fears and doubts crop up
- How she uses Pinterest to make her a better wedding planner
- The importance of knowing your value and charging what you’re worth as a small business owner
- How the Catalyst program at the EO has helped her grow as an entrepreneur
Items mentioned in this podcast include:
- Score mentoring
- Google drive
- EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization)
- Catalyst Program