3 Ways to Start Before You're Ready
You are studying to get your degree, certification, or license but you want to get your feet wet before you're done. Here are three ways you can gain some experience, and possibly start making some money, now.
1. Offer free or discounted services. Offering your services with a nice discount or in exchange for a testimonial is a great way to get started and also make a name for yourself. Always be honest and let your clients know that you are not finished with your studies. Most will kindly oblige and in exchange you will have a great opportunity to practice your skills without much pressure. The plus to this is that when you are finished with your studies and promote your full priced services, you will have plenty of testimonials to share with your future clientele.
2. Teach a class at your local community center or online. Is there something that you've mastered through personal experience? Is there something that you can do that everyone asks you how to do? If so, then making tutorials online (e.g. YouTube) or teaching a class at a local community center is another excellent way to get started. Again, you are gaining experience, making a name for yourself, and you can also collect testimonials from those that have learned something from you.
3. Be an intern. Working under someone that is highly experienced in your field is invaluable. Internships are usually unpaid, but they are worth the investment of time. If you can't find an internship, create one. Don't be afraid to reach out and ask if you can volunteer your time in exchange for mentoring and experience. Many would love free support if you show yourself a hard worker with loyalty, integrity, and a willingness to put in the hard work. These are three tips, but they are certainly not the only ways to get started. Be creative and confident in yourself! Put yourself out there, step out on faith, and let your light shine. Don't let time, money, or any other excuse keep you from living your dreams NOW!
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Coach Tikoshia M. Davis, CLC
Certified Life Coach