For an entrepreneur with ‘improbable’ and ‘impossible’ dreams, the alleged stability that comes from getting ‘a real job’ is nothing but a sign of slavery. ~Fabrizio Moreira.
Normally people who wish to have their own business talk about their present job as if it is the worst thing in the world – a complete inconvenience where they get underpaid, overworked, their boss is greedy and taking home all the rewards.
Having had the experience of both… there are many positive aspects to having a job versus owning your own business.
For most people they ought to be thankful for their job, and thankful they don’t need to make a living by producing value in their own business (because the world would come tumbling down).
I’ve watched many people over the years talk about how much their job sucked.
Complaints about not being paid enough, made to work way too hard for too many hours, and talk about the day they were going to leave it all behind.
Finally they’d work up the courage to quit, show their resentment for the job in how they resigned (very short notice, with no thanks given), then proudly proclaim to everyone on Facebook that today was day they were free – today was the day they had ‘fired their boss’ and were going start a business and make their millions.
Fast forward 6 months, they’d be asking if their job was still available.
So before you quit your job and tell your boss to go to hell, lets discuss a few things.
First, most people quit their day job because of the time excuse; they feel they don’t have enough time to work on their business.
I don’t really agree with this. There’s always time. It’s a matter of getting your priorities in order. I would get up at 5am to get a blog post written before going to work. I would post it and then when I got back, would followup by sending to directories and other sources.
All of us have 24 hours in the day – whether you’re Warren Buffet or a homeless beggar. It’s about priorities.
In order to start a business, you’ve got to move that business into one of your top three priority slots. The closer it is to THE most important thing in your life, the better you will usually do.
You should always be looking for opportunities during the day to accomplish useful work for your business.
This is what you need to think, “if I HAD to get this done given the time I currently have available, how would I do it?” If there’s no choice but to get it done, amazingly somehow you’ll always find the time.
Using your job as a scapegoat holds no weight. “I don’t have the time” is not valid anymore. Find a way to get a few extra hours out of the day to do money producing activities in your business.
Which brings me to my next point…
Get sales coming in and replace part of your job income, before you go and quit.
It’s plain stupid to go quit a job and start a business when you haven’t even demonstrated to yourself you can get even a few customers.
Prove it to yourself first, by seeing whether people will actually pay you money for your idea or whatever you are selling. All that matters is, has anyone actually handed you cash for it yet?
If not, you have to keep working on it.
It’s a good idea to wait till your business is almost matching the salary from your job, before you quit your job. Once you have a couple of good months where your business earned you at least 75 percent of what your regular job did, that’s a pretty good time to jump in with both feet.
And don’t quit your job because of one great customer. Don’t get overexcited after finding your first hyper-responsive client and give up your existing income, because if something happens to that one person then you’ll have a problem.
I will admit, it has been hard for me. Many times I wanted to quit my job and dedicate 100% of my time to my online business. I did not. I just kept working and making my business a priority till one day the gates of prosperity opened up for me!
And here I am doing what I love to do and making money every day.
Thank you for reading.
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