What's your "break the glass" strategy?

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If you needed to make (not find) work for yourself, how would you do it?

When I first started consulting, I was just out of college and wanted to chart a path of my own choosing. I was so committed to my vision of using my writing and media skills to support nonprofits that I was thrilled to waitress at Olive Garden at night while building my book of consulting business by day.

The dream didn’t always look pretty, but it was mine.

Since landing my first client 15 years ago, I've consulted for a national health advocacy organization, a social justice magazine, music artists, a large-scale $2.8 billion community development initiative and many more. Consulting has provided an opportunity to serve a diverse roster of clients (turned friends), and it has been a valuable tool and safety net throughout my career.

Consulting was a tool to generate more income while earning my master’s degree and my law degree.

Consulting has been a tool that I've leaned on most recently when I quickly realized that I needed more control over when and I how I worked now that I'm raising two tiny humans.

Consulting has even made me a better employee as I've gotten more comfortable taking ownership of projects and leading them as if they're mini-businesses.

Here's what so powerful:

When you have the business skills to create work for yourself, you can walk with a certain confidence and freedom knowing that you’ve got YOU. Having the skills to pitch clients, generate business, and market, sell and deliver your professional brilliance gives you options.

We work through this process in detail in our signature program, and tomorrow I'm going to be sharing the exact framework we use to get you in motion towards landing your first or fiftieth client. When you have a simple, repeatable process to generate work for yourself, you're more empowered to craft a career on your own terms.

Join me in this Saturday’s free class: How to Start Consulting on the Side (even if you don’t have a website, aren’t good at marketing and don’t yet know what people would pay you to do). Yes, there will be a recording if you can’t join live, but you have to be signed up to get the replay link.

Sign up for the free class here.

If you've been to any of my classes, you know that I cut to the chase and give you actionable steps to get you moving toward your goal. I'm all about transformation and not just more information.

By the end of this free training you will:

  • Understand the many options for consulting and how to ethically and practically take on consulting work while continuing to thrive in your 9-to-5

  • Know what to focus on (and what to ignore) when you’re just getting started and feeling overwhelmed

  • Learn the Own Your Expertise Launch System that professionals across the legal, accounting, project management, education and coaching sectors have used to generate leads and land proposals

  • Learn how I landed my first consulting clients without a website and the secret to focusing your marketing efforts and managing your time

  • Understand why entrepreneurship skills are the new survival skills whether you’re climbing the ladder or preparing to step out on your own

  • Have an easy to follow roadmap to propel you forward on your entrepreneurial journey

There won't be any slides--just me talking straight to you on video. Plus we're going to be an intimate group, so there will be time for live Q&A at the end. Bring your brunch, and let's get you started with tools to break the glass whenever you need to or want to.

Sign up if you haven't already, and I'll see you in class (or on the replay) tomorrow!


Hi, I’m Titilayo Tinubu Ali, Founder of Own Your Expertise. I believe that every woman should have the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills that equip her to rise into greater leadership at work, make empowered career choices and create wealth through entrepreneurship when she’s ready. Learn more about our work, and sign up for our next free training here.