How to Know You’re Ready to become an Entreprenuer
There’s something nice about the 9-to-5. It feels secure. You don’t take it how with you. You feel secure. You pretty much know what every day brings. Did I mention you feel secure? It’s hard to fly free from the security of your employment nest. But, if you have the heart and soul of the entrepreneur, you don’t want to be stuck behind that desk all day. So, how do you know when it’s time to pack up that box and leave the office for good? Consider this your encouraging kick from the nest.
1. You can’t stop thinking about your startup.
At work, at home, in your sleep, your potential startup is always lingering on the edges of your thoughts. If you can’t take your mind off it, you might be ready to get started. Before you jump ship, though, focus those thoughts and try to write some things down. Take that focus and form an actionable plan. This will be a great thing to have in the future, a guide to get started.
2. You can fall back.
Are you in an industry that needs workers? If you’re a waiter or barista, chances are you can always come back to your industry if things get too tight. Also, have your support system in place. Your friends and family can be the ones that you need help from the most, whether it’s emotional, financial, or babysitting support, you might need their help and they should know beforehand.
3. You have the life.
If you live a cheap, single lifestyle, it might (might!) be easier to get your business rolling now before you have bigger financial burdens, like a house payment or multiple car insurance payments. If it’s too late for you to be single, accept the fact that the money won’t be rolling in at the same rate (or even at all) as when you had that 9-to-5. If you can say, “I don’t care!” and mean it, you might be ready.
4. Your current job is misery.
Is every day at work killing you? Does it eat at your soul? To you get tired just thinking of work? You may have a medical condition. Or, you might be ready to get the heck out of Dodge. And, hey, if your job is misery and you still don’t think you’re ready to start your own business, maybe you need to find a new job…
5. When you know, you know, you know?
You can read all the articles, you can dream, you can plan, but the one thing that will always win out is the entrepreneurial spirit. That’s the little voice inside that bucks authority and wants to get things down. It’s the intuition. It’s the Little Engine that Could. If your gut is telling you it’s time, then go with the gut.
How did you know you were ready to start your entrepreneur journey? Share your story in the comments!
Posted on July 10, 2013, in Biz Tips, Entrepreneur, Inspiration, Small Business and tagged entrepreneur, getting started, how to start a startup, job, startup, work. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.