Episode 58: Community and Business Building After Dropping Out of Corporate Life with Lauren Allen

Breaking away from corporate life can be an intimidating and confusing process. Building your business from the ground up to finding the right support are a couple of the steps you must take in entrepreneurship.

With four years of experience in coaching and running her own successful business, today’s guest, Lauren Allen, explains how you can build your community and business after dropping out of corporate life.

After spending 15 years climbing the corporate ladder, Lauren finally realized that it was not her true calling. Without having a solid plan or an idea of what was happening, she packed her bags and moved to San Diego, believing that she was going to figure it all out on the way.

By surrounding herself with people living life on their terms, she decided to start her coaching business and podcast, Corporate School Dropout. For the past four years, she has been helping women step-by-step launch their businesses as well as creating that strong support system every person needs.

Learn to Let Go

The main issue that Lauren comes across in her clients (and even herself) is decision-making fatigue. This causes you to use all your mental and creative energy on your business and life. Instead of trying to figure it all out, let things go. Understand that you cannot do everything and that people overrate perfection. Lean on your support system and truly see if the task aligns with your mission.

You can learn how to let some things go by having a routine that relaxes you. Lauren has a morning routine of journaling, watching podcasts and reading to help put her in the right mindset.

Do Not Forget to Take Care of Yourself

As humans, we sometimes feel like machines. However, just like machines, if you skip your maintenance check, you will break down. Lauren explains that “rest and recharg(ing) is part of the creative process.” You need to give yourself the space you need.

The people you work and surround yourself with also affect how you take care of yourself. While a “support system will make you happier,” it matters who you work with. There is an energy exchange between people. Only work with people who will challenge or help you in the right ways. When finding clients, customers or support, define your boundaries and know red flags. Starting a business is an emotional journey that has its ups and downs, but having the right connections and community will take you down a successful path.

Are you ready to start building your business and community? Lauren has an endless supply of connections, advice, support and more. Click here to join her support group to meet other women going through the same transition as you. Plus, do not forget to check out her podcast for more inspiration and information.