You’ve been staring at the clock for the last fifteen minutes, will it to go faster, and it already feels like it’s moving as slowing as molasses in January. You’ve been slugging away at your job for years now, but you’re starting to realize that your job may be in jeopardy, as you watch co-workers, even friends around your neighborhood, lose their jobs. You’re frightened about your ability to keep making a living, but deep down inside of you, you see this as an opportunity to break free and put all those good ideas that you’ve been sitting on to good use.
Starting your own business is probably one of the most terrifying yet courageous thing you could ever do for yourself and your family. There is no such thing as a ‘sure thing’ anymore, and with consumers being so fickle, it can be difficult to determine what product or service is going to to work, but look at this as an exciting new challenge, and not like climbing Mt. Everest. It is definitely not a decision that you can make lightly, but if you are miserable in your current position, and making a lateral move is not something that you are interested in entertaining, then it’s time to walk a new road, the entrepreneurial road.
Anyone can start a business. It’s not like owning your own business is like part of joining some over-priced country club, it’s a choice that is available to everyone. The question is, are you ready to leap out of your comfort zone, say c’est la vie to your current career and join the ranks of the likes of Bill Gates and Richard Branson? Did you know that Bill Gates started working out of his garage? He didn’t even have a completed college eduction. It just goes to show you that education only gets you so far, and the rest is instinct. I have friends that were graduates of the Harvard School of Business, and some of them have failed miserably at their own businesses. It had less to do with their skills as students of business, and more to do with their lack of good common sense. They were horrendous at conflict resolution and their customer service statistics were poor. They also hadn’t probably done their market research before they went to market with their businesses, and therefore completely missed the mark on who their target audience was.
However, I don’t want that to discourage you. But it is essential to be prepared for failure, because every single businesses has had a moment or two of failure. And just because you think you have a fabulous idea, does not necessarily mean that the rest of the world is going to drink your cool-aid, if you know what I mean. It’s also important to know what it is that you’ll be sacrificing if you make the decision to leave your current job to go out on your own. You might hate your job passionately, but love that you get unbelievable benefits. Maybe there’s a big fat pension waiting for you at the end of your career, and if you decide to go out on your own, this is obviously no longer an option for you. Don’t fret, there are a myriad of ways to secure your future, but you have to weigh your options.
And what of your support system? We all like to think that we can do anything on our own, but embarking on something so transitional, it helps to have people in your corner when things start to get tough. So have a good long chat with those who love you most, because they’re going to want to be a part of your journey.