From Receptionist To The Boss: How I Did It

Nicole Smartt career change
Nicole Smartt career change

By Nicole Smartt

When I decided to leave my job as a receptionist, I was exhausted and burnt out from making my job a No. 1 priority -- and to top it off, I could barely pay my bills. I loved what I did, but I didn't care for the people in charge who showed no appreciation and no passion. I felt I had enough experience and fresh ideas to start my own company and work for myself.

Although I faced a multitude of long days and nights, time away from friends and family, missed gatherings, and the overall feeling of being an overworked lunatic at times, it was well worth it to go from wages to profits -- and from being told what to do to running my own show.

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