#72: Screw the Cubicle: Lydia Lee on How to Transition From Side Hustle to Self-Employed

About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Lydia Lee, the career transition coaching extraordinaire behind Screw the Cubicle, where she’s helped hundreds of people to build purposeful businesses and strategically leave their day jobs for good.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Lydia has spent most of the last 5 years living the life of a digital nomad and spending the bulk of her time in Bali.

After going straight into the workforce after college and working for years in a corporate job she wasn’t in love with, it was then that Lydia decided to make a change. She took a hard look at what she was good at in her job, the components of it she enjoyed most, and started building a freelance consulting business on the side of her full-time work.

Once she had a little traction with that, Lydia pitched her boss on transitioning out of full-time work for the company, and into a 25hr/wk consulting position doing just the tasks she was best at & enjoyed most.

She helped her boss find people to replace everything else that used to be on her plate, and they struck a win-win deal together. Since then, Lydia’s grown her consulting business, launched her blog Screw the Cubicle and has since transitioned over to working full-time on her blog & with helping her coaching clients to do what she’s done and ditch their day jobs forever.

In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

[03:39] What book she’s reading at the moment.
[07:01] Where she’s originally from.
[12:17] About the approach people take to consulting.
[13:47] How she got started as a consultant.
[15:16] The very first client she landed on her own.
[18:25] How taking a consulting role affected her financially.
[22:27] Her thoughts on the right amount of savings to have before quitting your day job.
[24:51] Her number one piece of advice for people looking to quit their day job.
[30:19] Sacrifices she’s had to make in order to grow her business.
[32:47] Strategies she’s tried in the past that have failed.
[38:44] The best investment she’s made in other to grow his business.

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Resources Mentioned:

The Alchemist

Freelance to Founder: Going from Solo to Scale (my friend Preston’s podcast)

Connect with My Guest:

Screw the Cubicle

Lydia on Instagram and Twitter

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4 responses to “#72: Screw the Cubicle: Lydia Lee on How to Transition From Side Hustle to Self-Employed”

  1. Haresh Chaudhari Avatar
    Haresh Chaudhari

    The way Lydia started consulting people, thats really excellent. Love the way she worked and managed her consulting on the side first. Thanks for sharing this great story.

    1. Ryan Robinson Avatar

      All props go to Lydia! 🙏

  2. Elle Avatar

    Thank you, this was great info. I like hearing about taking calculated risks. Lydia’s description of transitioning using what you already know or are good at that got lost somewhere really struck a chord with me.

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