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Sarah Davidson — From corporate job to business owner to exiting

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The realities of business 5 years in and how you can 'Seize The Yay'

A classic entrepreneur story usually looks like this: side hustle -> quit corporate job -> full-time business owner. But what happens when your 'dream' life and business start shifting into something else? This is the story of Sarah Davidson, the Co-Founder of Matcha Maiden, and her journey to realising that her business was no longer on the right path for her.

5 years into an accidental side-hustle turned international, trailblazing matcha company, she realised that she was no longer doing any parts of the business she loved. Feeling like she was holding the business back from reaching its full potential, these are her steps to exiting from Matcha Maiden and finally, and truly 'Seizing The Yay' — her personal philosophy in finding fulfilment and joy in life.

This is a very different episode of The Make It Happen Show, but one that is a must-listen for every business owner no matter what stage you're at, because finding what truly lights you up is the key to your long-term success. Check it out.

 

Questions asked in this episode:

  • 1:11 - Introducing Sarah Davidson
  • 1:26 - You've taken a side hustle turned it into a business, then exited it with Matcha Maiden in just a few short years. How did you make that happen?
  • 4:31 - Was there a point where, when did you think, I think exiting the business is what i might need to do?
  • 6:41 - Were you thinking about taking investment in order to staff up so you wouldn't have to spend so much time there?
  • 10:29 - When did the exit finally complete? How recent was that?
  • 10:40 - What has been taking your time since then? Is it Seize The Yay? Is it other endeavors?
  • 12:10 - Is this now a collection of things that form a career or is it a whole bunch of things that you're trying out and you might double down on one in the future?
  • 13:44 - Do you think having gone through 18 months of uncertainty has helped with that evolution for you?
  • 16:28 - What were some of the things you did to start moving away from structure? Were there proactive steps you did here?
  • 25:55 - How do you allocate your time at the moment?
  • 27:56 - Make It Happen In A Minute
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"People always say, "Oh it was so risky to leave your law job", but actually it was much riskier five years in. The bigger risk started to come when the figures we were dealing with were bigger."

— Sarah Davidson

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What happens when you don't do what lights you up in your business
  • The signs of when you're missing something in your life
  • What do you do when you can no longer 'wing it' in business?
  • How Sarah has grown out of being risk-averse
  • Why you should think back to what you were like as a child
  • And more!

 

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