“Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
‘Should I stay in my comfort zone of the corporate world and build my life upon a pay check that I get each month without having to worry about financials? It’s not that bad, it’s stressful though. But what about the dreams that I have in my head and they keep popping back to my mind? Travel the world, volunteer, do something that matters, help others. Well, they are just silly thoughts… Focus! Stay Focused! You are only stressed! Learn to bear it and it will be ok!’
These have been some of my thoughts before getting the guts to leave my corporate job, travel for 6 months and become an entrepreneur. Even after making the move and starting to figure out what I really want, I faced so many obstacles, most of which were only in my head. I wanted to share my thoughts on this as I meet so many clients thinking about staying or leaving. Click here to read “ I wish I knew this before I decided to leave my well-paying corporate job”. Also people who have started their business, but they face doubts, fears and have a hard time launching their financial and business dreams.
More and more people feel that they can’t take it anymore and work in the corporate world and that they want to launch their own products or services. The trends show that the future is of entrepreneurs and of small businesses, as it has become so much easier to sell our products online. You need much smaller investments and the internet allows us to do a lot of free or low cost marketing as well!
I quit corporate to become an entrepreneur. Here’s my learnings of the first months:
1) Be prepared for a lot of work!
You would think running your own business allows you to have more freedom, maybe less work. Well, it does, but probably not in the beginning. First of all you have to get used to just a different way of living, not having time frames of when you do stuff, also you need to understand your market, your product, service, what you can offer, your marketing message and build up your business. Do a lot of networking! There is tons of stuff to do, which you can’t imagine now. Be prepared for this and think about how awesome it will be once your business is running!
2) Be prepared to have tons of doubts!
Am I doing the right thing? What qualifies me to launch this product or offer my service? Am I good enough? Am I crazy for leaving my job and starting something risky? Will I be able to make money out of this? And I could go on with these doubts. And they are only the ones in your head, what about your family, friends or partner. What if they don’t support you? Well, it will happen, you will definitely meet people who don’t believe in you. But you know, this is more about their limits, than yours! Make sure you prepare yourself for this and don’t let yourself be pulled down!
3) Be prepared to make some investments!
We all want to start a business without investing too much, as we have little savings or want to keep that for tough times. But you need to make some investments: ie. website, marketing expert, coach, workshops, equipments etc. Try to keep your spendings low, so don’t rent an office in the beginning if you can work from home for example. But do feel motivated to spend money on things that will move you forward! For example: an online marketing expert can help you reach your audience quicker or a coach can help you stay focused, clear your doubts, plan strategies etc.
4) Be prepared for a lot of work on positive thoughts and attitude!
Working on your thoughts is the MOST important thing on your journey. You have to believe in your product or service and in yourself that you can do it! We are usually full of limiting beliefs, especially regarding money (Click here to read more about this). But once we become mindful and let go of our limits, new doors will open. It is an amazing feeling, when you completely trust your future, you don’t stress about money or your goals. You are confident that you are capable of offering something wonderful and you will be OK financially as well.
5) Be prepared to be consistent even if things go wrong!
Sometimes people will judge you or a deal won’t work, or money won’t start to flow, but stay consistent towards your goals! It’s not black or white, it’s OK to face some barriers and limits, even negative thoughts. In the first 2 months of my business I thought everything that I do is a waste, as nothing really happened. But I stayed consistent in communication and helped a lot of people and soon things started to come alive!
6) Be prepared for the journey of your life!
Launching your own business is not only a journey of entrepreneurship but also of self-discovery. If you stay mindful you will learn from yourself and if you stay open, also from others. Everyone one you meet along the way can teach you something so you get closer to your goals!
It is absolutely amazing to follow your heart and pursue your dreams. It allows you to live your life the way you really want it. You are much more flexible and you can establish a way of living that supports your dreams. So if you are a mom and want to stay home with your kids, you can do that. Or if you want to work from a tropical island, you can do that as well. Really, the sky is the limit! Just make sure your business allows you to do what you really want. Don’t set up another life of the corporate world, just called entrepreneurship!