Brittany Darrington

Founder and Corporate Exit Officer - The Corporate Misfit Club

I help Corporate Misfits escape the 9-5 to start a business doing what they love full-time!

What inspired you to start your business?

I watched my mother who was a single parent pursue her entrepreneurial dreams regardless of some of the financial barriers we faced. My mother wanted to provide financial freedom and opportunities for my sister and I. So when I went to bed every night, my mother would stay up until 3 or 4 am in the morning working on her early education consulting business. Without complaining, she would get back up at 6:00 am get my sister and I off to school and head to her 9-5. Watching how relentless, dedicated, and determined she was to win, it taught me the importance of going after your dreams. Watching the life my mother has been able to provide as an entrepreneur-led me to want to help women who are facing similar situations as my mom once was. Women who are hungry for more. Women who are willing to sacrifice to reach their goals. Women who are determined to win and start their business. When my mom became an entrepreneur, she was able to gift my sister and I with freedom of time. She was able to attend our activities, listen to how our day was, and so much more. Entrepreneurship gifted my family with something that is priceless. I want to pay this forward to help other women and families to receive the precious gift of time and financial freedom.

What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?

I would tell this entrepreneur that you are more than enough to reach your business goals. You might hit some detours along the way, but make sure you keep filling up your car with gas, check your GPS, and get back on your path to reaching your destination. When starting my business, I originally tried to mimic similar businesses because I was afraid that my clients would look at me as a fraud. My dose of Imposter Syndrome led to major detours, as I was implementing things that weren't true to myself or business. As I focused on being the best version of myself, gained mentors, and showed up authentically, I began to see a clearer path to my destination. So entrepreneur, keep going and remember you are more than enough to reach your business destinations no matter how many detours you have to take to get there.

What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?

I am absolutely loving running. I am running my first marathon in the next month. For causes, I am extremely passionate about helping domestic abuse centers. My team and I volunteer for two Friday's out of the month to help watch children of women who are seeking help for domestic abuse. While the women are getting free counseling, their children are in a safe place and able to play with others during the time being. Another cause that I am actively involved in is Project88. This is a nonprofit that helps students in underserved communities pursue higher education. Over the last three years, through friends, business, and family, I've been able to raise more than $375,000 for this giving program.

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