Lena Elkins – solopreneur
Lena Elkins - Tel Aviv
While my friends know me as a comedy junkie / makeup hoarder / Thai food connoisseur, I'm also a Business & Marketing Coach for ambitious millennials looking to skyrocket their income, influence and impact.
So, how did this all start?
When I was 15, I remember being told that it was time to get my first job. "You have responsibilities now," my parents told me. "Working will help you become more mature, successful, and skilled."
Even if your parents, teachers or community members didn't explicitly say this to you, I'm sure you can agree that it was implied, right? Having a job = adulthood, having a job = responsible, and having a job = doing the right thing. We've all been taught this since we were basically five years old.
So, I'm sure you can imagine how shocked I was when I landed my first full-time job at age 22 and hated it.
After 10 months, I decided that I had had enough. Nope, I didn't wait to reach "one year so that I could at least put it on my resume". I didn't bother to check my bank account. I didn't care that I didn't have any worthy "professional skills". All I knew is that I was determined to figure out how I could be my own boss and stay office-less forever.
So, I quit and launched my social media consultancy. It turns out I was really good at it - in the first week of launching, I had signed my first $1,500/ month retainer client, and within three months, I had tripled my monthly income. I was finally living life on my terms without anyone setting constraints on my success.
After about a year of running my consultancy, I decided to transition into coaching. So many millennials had been coming to asking how I had succeeded at building my business as a solopreneur, which is what inspired me to share my knowledge with the world.
So many millennials graduate from college, struggle to find jobs they genuinely enjoy and sink into the most depressing reality ever: this is what they're expected to do for the next 60 years of their lives.
This is what their parents and grandparents did and now it's their turn to suffer through painful work schedules, controlling bosses, and less than thrilling salaries all in the name of "hard work".