Are you happy doing what you do? Do you jump out of bed each morning ready to head to work, or do you find yourself dreading the day ahead. Do your days at the office zoom by quickly, or do you spend them counting the hours, minutes, and seconds until 5pm? If you find yourself sleepwalking through your job, it’s probably time to change something.
Like most people, you probably spend a lot of time at our job. Ideally, you should be doing something you believe in – something that challenges you and inspires you. Anything less is simply a means to a paycheck. If you are working at a job right now, and somewhere in the back of your mind, you’ve got a brilliant idea, the talent to execute it, and the passion to pursue it, then go!
Before you start drafting your resignation, wait a minute and read on. I’m not saying you should go in and quit your job tomorrow. The first step is to do some research, in the same vein that many mothers pick up the book What to Expect When Expecting before having their first baby. Do a bit of preparation before you fully commit, then go for it.
Having said that, we don’t want you to get stuck in the preparation phase. Starting a business is much like starting a family – there really is no better time to do it. Sure, you can come up with reasons to wait, but you’ll never be 100% ready. When you take the plunge instead, as you may have in motherhood, you come up with ways to make it work, and you find ways to forge ahead. Stop making excuses, and take the plunge.
There are several reasons to jump in, and we’ve highlighted a few of them here:
You become your own boss
Starting your own business means freedom. You’re free to follow your vision and abide by your own principles. You can steer your company any direction you want, and are guided by your own moral and ethical compass.
On a more practical level, you can choose where you work, when, and what you wear. You can set up shop at the coffee shop after dropping the kids off at school, or work in your nightgown when the kids have gone to bed. Being your own boss means you can set your own work schedule – and juggling work, the kids’ activities, your social life, housework, and everything else becomes a bit simpler.
It can sometimes prove more difficult than an office job, but the fact is that when you start your own business, you take control. It’s your life, it’s your business, and you’re the one in charge.
You never stop learning
Starting your own business isn’t easy, and one of the challenges that you will have to deal with is the lack of a formal support structure. You’ll be your own boss, but you’ll also be your own salesperson, marketing manager, copywriter, art director, purchasing agent, messenger, and even janitor. This can be difficult, but the flip side is that you’ll never be bored. You will constantly be learning new things, acquiring new skills, and meeting new people. It will be a challenge, it will also be an education you won’t forget.
You do what you love
“Choose a job you love,” said the philosopher Confucius, “and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Starting your own business will entail a lot of work, but you’ll be working on something you’re passionate about – something you believe in. The challenges will keep piling on, but the rewards will also be greater.
You become immortal (sort of)
Whether it turns out to be the most successful startup of in history, or an epic failure, starting your own business is a way of making your mark on the world. You make an impact on the customers you serve, the people you employ, and numerous others.
If you do things right and build something lasting, you leave a lasting legacy, and also set up your family with some financial security. You will make a difference in this world, and it will all be because you were brave enough to pursue your dream.
Are you happy doing what you do, or do you dream of having your own business? What is holding you back from going after that dream?