September 10, 2023 by Stephanie Ritz

From Corporate Pro to Consulting Pro: A Journey to Freedom

Imagine this: You’ve spent years climbing the corporate ladder, getting really good at your job, but there’s this nagging feeling inside that’s telling you there’s more to life than the 9-to-5 grind. You want something where your skills and experience can shine even brighter. You crave the freedom to be your own boss and work from wherever you please. Sound familiar?

I know that sound! Entrepreneurship is calling, and I’m here to show you how to answer that call. In this blog post, we’re going to take a journey together to explore how you can transition from your corporate gig to running your own successful consulting business.



Discovering Your True Calling


Uncovering Your Hidden Passion

Let me introduce you to Sarah, a seasoned marketing pro who spent over a decade in the corporate world. She was good at her job, but something was missing. After some soul-searching, Sarah realized that her true passion wasn’t about working for big corporations; it was about helping small businesses find their voice in a noisy market.


Embracing Uniqueness

Sarah’s corporate journey gave her a unique perspective. She’d seen how big companies operate and understood their marketing strategies inside out. Sarah knew she could use this experience to her advantage and help small businesses grow with killer marketing tactics. She was ready to use her unique viewpoint to help small businesses thrive.



Crafting a Fresh Start



Visualizing Your Dream

Sarah had a vision of a world where she was in control of her own destiny. No more rigid corporate rules or following someone else’s plan. She was ready to blaze her own trail, guided by her skills and passion. As her youngest daughter was in her would be off to college in a couple years, she was also ready to embrace more freedom in her life to travel with her husband, something an online business would allow her to do.


Birth of a Business

to turn her vision into reality, Sarah knew she needed more than just an idea; she needed a solid business plan. Recognizing the importance of having a clear roadmap, she decided to get help from a business coach. With her coach’s guidance, Sarah created a detailed business plan that outlined her goals, target audience, marketing strategy, and financial projections.


Setting the Stage

Before diving into her consulting adventure, Sarah set up her business structure and made sure she had a strong legal foundation. With those essentials in place, she could focus on what she loved most: helping businesses succeed. Thanks to her coach’s support, she made confident decisions about the investments needed to launch her business and start working with clients.



Finding Your Consulting Niche


Finding The Perfect Fit

Sarah had to decide where she’d make the most impact. Her marketing skills were a perfect match for startups trying to find their voice and connect with their audience. She found her niche, and it felt like a match made in heaven.


Connecting with the Right People

Sarah did some market research to get a better understanding of her potential clients. She learned about the challenges they faced and what solutions they were desperate for. By connecting with her target audience, she knew she was offering services they really needed.



Transitioning to a New Lifestyle


Balancing Act

Sarah understood that transitioning from her corporate job to full-time entrepreneurship wasn’t an overnight journey. To ensure a smooth transition, she decided to balance growing her consulting business alongside her corporate career. It was challenging, juggling two roles, but it allowed her to test the waters without risking financial instability.


The Road to Profitability

As Sarah worked on her consulting business in her free hours, it began to gain traction. With the support of her coach to measure her progress and make small tweaks along the way, her client base grew, and her reputation as a trusted advisor solidified. Over time, her consulting income started to match, and then surpass her corporate salary. It was a significant milestone.


The Leap of Faith

When Sarah’s consulting business became profitable enough to provide a stable income, she knew it was time to take the leap. With her financial foundation secure and a thriving business, she handed in her corporate resignation. The transition had its challenges, but the freedom and satisfaction of being her own boss were well worth it.





Sarah’s journey is proof that you can combine your corporate know-how with your entrepreneurial spirit to create something amazing. It wasn’t a sudden jump from her corporate job; it was a gradual shift that allowed her to build a thriving consulting business alongside her career. Your expertise can pave the way for a similar journey, where your corporate experience becomes a stepping stone to full-time entrepreneurship. Embrace the possibilities, take smart steps, and write your own success story.

I know this is possible for you too because I’ve been where you are—a corporate pro with 15 years of experience craving more freedom and fulfillment. I turned my knowledge into a business, and now I travel the world while doing work that I love—helping corporate professionals like you start and grow consulting or coaching businesses.


Get Curious

I invite you to get curious and learn more about what the journey to entrepreneurship really looks like. Download this free case study: The Ultimate Case Study To Go From Corporate to Entrepreneur In Less Than 24 Months. This practical and helpful guide will help you gain clarity on how to use your expertise to start a business with a transparent look at building a business alongside your 9-5.


About The Author

Stephanie Ritz is a business strategist and mindset coach who empowers her clients to tap into their strengths, skills and desires to build a coaching or consulting business alongside their full-time job. Her unique approach combines mindset coaching with business strategy to help corporate professionals create a profitable and sustainable business that they love so that they can make the transition into full-time entrepreneurship with confidence.

Stephanie developed her coaching and mentoring skills through training as a Certified Coach and an NLP Master Practitioner and drawing on her own professional experience. Starting as a single, teen mom, she put herself through school and went on to corporate leadership roles in multiple industries while starting two successful businesses.

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