How a nurse quit her job to start a business and work remotely

  • Kathleen Cameron was a nurse for 12 years before starting her coaching business.
  • She teaches clients how to become more confident and manifest their wealth.
  • Cameron’s business generated more than $11.5 million in revenue last year.

Kathleen Cameron was a nurse for 12 years, worked her way up to leadership positions and had a master’s and two bachelor’s degrees, but she still felt like something was missing in her career.

“I was always looking outside of myself for more,” she told Insider.

Then she started meeting other mothers at the bus stop who were dropping off their kids – except they were building their own online businesses and taking advantage of flexible hours.

“I see them posting that they’re in the gym in the middle of the day,” she said. “Here I work from 7am to 6pm with no lunch break and sit in meetings all day.”

She realized she could apply her leadership skills to a service business that could earn her more than her nursing jobs, while giving her the ability to work fewer hours, travel and spend more time with his children.

Cameron left healthcare in 2019, worked in network marketing for six months, then launched her career coaching business, Diamond Academy, in January 2020. She landed her first 100 clients in six months and coaches around 1,000 people in its programs, which include how to manifest wealth, gain self-confidence, become a millionaire and coach others.

“I’m really focused on showing people that if you want to create more success in your life, you have to start loving who you are,” she said.

And it’s a good time to be a coach: The “Great Resignation” has ushered in a new generation of professionals who seek better jobs and start their own businesses to strike a better balance between work and fulfillment.

Although Cameron doesn’t claim to be a business coach (she prefers “transformative coach”), many women entrepreneurs have signed up for her classes.

“They will use the program as a way to build mindset as they embark on entrepreneurship,” she said. “We help people change and realize that they feel more secure owning their business than working for someone else.”

Last year, Cameron published his book, “Becoming the One,” and his business generated more than $11.5 million in revenue, which Insider verified with documentation.

As a nurse, Cameron had to book her vacation six months to a year in advance. Now that she’s her own boss, she’s enjoying the freedom to travel more frequently and work from anywhere. When Insider spoke with Cameron, she was in Miami for an event she was hosting and planned to finish her work day at 3 p.m. and head down to the beach to spend the rest of her afternoon.

“I really want to create a life where I can go and do anything, anywhere,” she said. “The old way I lived was very structured and rigid.”

Here’s how she spends her day, as told by Insider.

The following has been edited and condensed for clarity.


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