"I was already a successful negotiator so my friends would call me for advice!"
The trigger 🔥
I was working in corporate Toronto in a mainly white male dominated field. I saw firsthand that there were not enough women in leadership positions, and that equal pay was still an issue. During my time at as a consultant, I negotiated several successful salary raises and expat contracts.
But I wanted to live a more purposeful life that was on my own terms—so I combined this desire with my professional strengths. The key moment was when I attended a yoga and meditation festival called Wanderlust in Hawaii.
Planning it ✍️
I did a lot of research and coached women for a low rate to test if people were willing to pay for the services Blackbird Negotiations offers. I had my friends and family supporting me, but I also invested in a business coach. I invested my own money 🙂 and managed to get some barter deals for website and design.
I earn money (mainly online) by selling negotiation courses, e-books, and 1:1 coaching.
Starting it 🤞
I was already a successful negotiator so my friends would call me for negotiation advice! While I lived in Bali I started to build my brand online through Instagram and by sharing negotiation advice.
I love technology and it can make my life so much easier. I use Content Office to plan my Instagram content, and I'm also a fan of Google Drive, because I have access to my documents on all my devices.
Overcoming challenges 💪
In the beginning it was challenging to create a stable flow of income, as well as all the distractions I experienced while living in Bali as a digital nomad. So I decided to move back to the Netherlands and join a co-working space to be surrounded by like-minded people.
I don't even know where to start! I've learned so much over the last 2 years starting and working on my own company. Definitely WordPress skills, time management, and email marketing.
I start my day with meditation, followed by exercise. Every day is different, but I usually prefer to work from my co-working space. I love days where I coach or do public speaking. What drives me is the freedom to create a life I love—my career is part of that.
I just hired a new coach and I'm working on different areas in my life. During these 6 months I will go through a lot of change and I might even move to a new place
Most important: start before you're ready and find your community of like-minded people who will cheer you on.