You want to start your own business. You have the idea for it and you have a plan, but something is holding you back…
Quitting your job can be extremely scary. Your job gives you security. Stability. Maybe it has even become part of your identity because you’ve been doing it for so long. However, if there’s this voice inside of your head telling you maybe it’s time to quit your job and build that business you’ve always dreamed of, you want to listen to it.
There are so many reasons to become an entrepreneur, but there’s one by far the most important: running your purpose-driven business will make you happy.
We know it’s scary to take that leap of faith and just go for it. However, you don’t have to do it alone. We – and our community of awesome entrepreneurs who love helping each other out – have you back.
Here are our three steps to quit your job with confidence:
- Visualize how you want to feel running your own business
What is going to make you happy? Are you someone who wants freedom and flexibility? Or do you want to make an impact on the world? Maybe it’s important for you to be in charge of how much money you make yourself.
Determine what is going to make you happy as an entrepreneur. Then try to see the life you want to create for yourself. Close your eyes and actually try to see it. Feels pretty great, doesn’t it? Make sure to write everything you just figured out down in your journal and don’t forget to repeat this visualization regularly. It will keep you focused and motivated when you’re feeling down or stressed.
- Create your roadmap
You will want to prepare before you actually take the leap. Not only do you want a business plan in place for starting your business, but you also want to create a plan for quitting your job. If you don’t think you’ll be able to make the same amount of money you make from your job in your business in the first few months, determine how much money you need to save up to create a safety net. Then calculate how long it will take you to save up that money and plan when you are going to quit your job. In the meantime, think about what you need to prepare for your business and use your free time to get things done.
One of the hardest parts of leaving your job is uncertainty. Having a good step-by-step plan will help you feel less overwhelmed by taking such a big step.
You might also want to consider hiring someone to help you during this transition to entrepreneurship. Someone like a coach or someone to help you with certain aspects of entrepreneurship (like bookkeeping or creating business plans) that you don’t know much about or simply don’t like. It can be a good feeling to know there’s always someone you can call when you don’t know what to do. We’d love to help you build your purpose-driven business in a stress-free way.
- Take the leap
After you figured out exactly what you want and how you’re going to do it. There’s only one thing that remains: actually quitting your job. *Que scary ghost hands and sounds*.
It’s always going to be a little scary (or a lot scary) to make big life changes. However, if you aren’t happy in your current job and you truly want to be an entrepreneur, the risk of not doing it and feeling miserable or getting burned out is far greater. Plus, most of the things you fear are going to work themselves out and you’ll look back not knowing why they worried you so much in the first place.
Most importantly… As we said, you don’t have to do it alone. Not if you don’t want to… We’re more than happy to help you out with all your questions about entrepreneurship and about following your purpose.
So, what do you say? Are you ready to take the plunge and create the business and life you have been dreaming of?
Maud & Mark