Do you feel like you’re living an unfulfilled life? Are you struggling with any of these questions?
“Is it the right time for me to pack up and leave my day job to start my passion project?”
“Should I dive into unknown waters to build up my dreams? Because working on it as a side hustle is causing more stress than joy”.
If working on your passion is more rewarding than working at your day job every day, it’s fair to say it’s time to leave. To make sure you’ll be able to move full-time into this new phase of your life, you’ll need to have a solid plan in place.
It’s about two years now since I left my corporate day job and I still wouldn’t trade it for the world. Some days are harder than most, but that’s expected when you venture into unknown lands. Over the last two years, I’ve learned so much about myself, about people and about business – it’s unreal. None of which I would have been able to learn from reading a book or listening to someone else’s story.
I would be telling you a bunch of lies if I told you it was easy. Let me say it again, It’s not an easy road but it’s a rewarding one.
“What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose.” -Margaret Thatcher
I had no idea it would take this long to turn my passion into a booming enterprise, I laugh now when I think about it. There is no rule book that will map out in detail the exact plan for you, all you have is good old fashion trial and error.
By no means am I telling you to reinvent the wheel here, but I am telling you to create your own version of the wheel. Create a version that speaks to who you are on a financial, creative, spiritual and moral level. This way, the ride will be way more enjoyable to take part in. Remember, nothing worthwhile happens overnight, it takes some time to grow into a success.
Some people do manage to build a booming and thriving businesses in under a year, but I’m not that person. If you’re not that person either… no biggy! Your time will come when it’s the right time for you. Maybe you have some more lessons to gain for yourself and for your business. Either way, the hard work you’re putting in right now is 100% not in vain, you’ll see the pay off sooner than you think.
If you have any naysayers around you bashing your hustle and your choices, cut them off – with love, of course.
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This phase of your growth is vital to your wellbeing. You need to have positive and supportive people around you at all times. Keep in mind that I’m not talking about the people who are always singing your praise. I’m talking about your ride-or-die supports who always have your back and will always tell you the truth.
I’ve found that as solo-entrepreneurs we need to put more structures in place to manage our lives well. When we add structure we get a clear understanding of what our goals are and when to execute them. This could be our immediate or short-term goals. Immediate goals are those that are happening right now. Short-term goals are those that take place in about 3 to 5 months. Long term goals are goals that take place in a year, two years, or five years or more.
To figure out which goals to put in place for your business, take a step back and look at the big picture. Look at what you need and want for yourself, for your company and for the global community. Once you’ve figured this part out, you’ll be better equipped to move forward with a sound plan. This is vital to our success and growth to be successful enterprises.
Two of the many questions I am asked on a regular basis is, “how did you do it?” Or “what did you do to ensure that you could afford to step away from the corporate world to start your own venture?”.
My answer is this, It was a decision made for me by divine intervention. I believe I had to go through all that ickiness to learn one of my biggest life lessons till date. This was and still is, to stop being afraid. Even though fear is a figment of our imaginations, we often allow it to control our life, I’m sure you can relate.
What I learned was, once I got over the fear part, everything else was easy to manage. It was so much easier for me to start doing what I once thought was scary and uncomfortable.
There will be days that you will feel like all you want to do is stay under your cover and cry yourself back to sleep. When you feel like that, it’s wise to remember these 4 powerful little words; “this too will pass.” And when it does, dry your eyes, get up and get back to your grind because your mission is greater than you. Trust me, I have my days where I unleash what could be mistaken as war cries, but after I do, I feel much better. I also remember that when we’re in service to others, we’re in the right flow with our true calling.
Here are some tips
If you’re thinking about leaving your day job to start your dream job, consider these 6 points first.
Figure out how much money you’ll need to save to live a comfortable life.
Next, write down all your basic expenses – mortgage/rent, utilities, food, travel, and incidentals expenses.
If your finances don’t balance, you might need a part-time job for a little while.
Give yourself a timeline to start working for yourself full-time so you have a clear idea of your goals. Go as far as picking a day and time to give your employer your resignation. Goals set in stone are easier to follow through this way.
Once you’ve left your day job and are now devoted to growing your biz from your home or your local coffee shop. Keep in mind there is a thin line between productivity and burnout. It’s easy to burn yourself out and end up in an emotional downward spiral or even the hospital.
To avoid burning yourself out, try these:
ॐ Figure out which one of your most pressing tasks take the top position on your priority list. This means you’ll have to figure out which one is the most pressing TODAY.
ॐ Then decide which one out of the remaining two can wait until tomorrow or a later date.
ॐ Now that you have an idea, start working on that task until it’s all done. Once it’s completed, move on to the next task on your list and so on.
It’s a big step to take, the bold and brave leap to be an entrepreneur, but it’s also a super rewarding one in the long run. Stay strong! Try to surround yourself with other entrepreneurs who get you and your journey.
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