“But I don’t have any experience!”
When the idea of becoming a business coach first popped into my head, I quickly dismissed it.
So what if I had been building my own businesses and giving business advice to my friends to help them build theirs for years?
Turning my passion for entrepreneurship into a career was completely different. Who would hire me without proper experience – you know, years of working with paid clients and maybe a qualification too?
I thought about getting a job as a coach for a coaching company to gain the experience I needed, but don’t you need years of experience for that, too?
It’s a vicious circle. You can’t get a job without experience. But no one will give you a job to gain the experience you need.
I lost count of how many opportunities I lost, jobs I didn’t even apply for because I just didn’t have that damn experience. So frustrating!
This time was different. This dream was too important for me to just give it up. I had to find a way to make it happen – even without experience.
When I did it, it hit me: “But I don’t have enough experience!” is just another excuse you tell yourself not to do the things that scare you.
You Probably Already Have More Experience Than You Think
“You’ve been building businesses all your life, Giorgia,” a friend told me when I mentioned my dream of becoming a business coach. “You may not have worked with paid clients yet, but you know more than everyone I know about building a business – and your business is making you a lot of money. You’re more than qualified for the job.”
She had a point. So, why couldn’t I see it?
I blame this on society. We’re brainwashed into thinking experience means a degree at a prestigious school or a 9-5 job you hate.
But experience is simply “(the process of getting) knowledge or skill from doing, seeing, or feeling things.” You can get it in all kinds of ways.
You can get experience as a makeup artist by recreating Youtube tutorials at home.
You can get experience as an event organiser by volunteering your services for a charity.
You can get experience as a digital marketer by getting a free internship at a small business in your town.
If you’re really passionate about something, chances are you’ve already found a way to experience it in your life (see what I did there?). You know where I’m going with this…
You don’t always need more experience. Sometimes, you just need to recognise you already have enough experience – and find a way to use it to build your multi-passionate business.
When I started my coaching business, I used what I had: I asked a couple of friends I had been coaching for free for years to give me testimonials.
So what if they weren’t paying clients? They had put my advice into action and gotten results. That’s what potential clients want to see.
But what if you’re thinking of a career in an industry in which you genuinely have no experience?
Go get it, gorgeous. Here’s how to get the experience you need:
Put Yourself Out There – Now
Don’t wait until you’ve saved enough money to take that course. Or to lose the last 10 pounds. Or for your parents to buy you a fancier camera for your birthday.
Start with what you have – right here, right now. It’s enough.
Let’s say you’re dreaming of becoming a photographer. You can buy the fanciest camera in the world, but if you have no idea how to use it, your photos won’t turn out great.
The only way to take great photos is to practice, practice, practice. Put yourself out there and tell everyone you know you’re practicing photography and would they like to pose for you?
Find a Facebook group for bloggers in your areas and offer free photoshoots in exchange for the experience and the right to put the shots in your portfolio.
Learn as much as you can about photography. Read books and blogs, listen to podcasts, take a class on Skillshare or just watch tutorials on Youtube.
The possibilities are endless.
Not Getting Enough Experience Is A Choice, Too
It’s never been easier to get experience. So what’s stopping you?
The only way to get more experience is to get out of your comfort zone and do something new.
You’ll make mistakes. You’ll fall. You’ll fail. It’s terrifying. And totally normal. No one is born knowing how to do everything.
If you don’t want to go through all this, “I don’t have any experience” becomes an excuse to stay in your comfort zone.
You’ll be safe. But will you be happy?
You can be scared or you can follow your dreams. The choice is yours.