So you wake up for work every morning and proceed to cry in the shower because you’re going to a job you absolutely hate. Of course you need your regular 9-5 job because it pays your bills but, you have a burning passion to do something more. Perhaps you want to start your own business, however, by the time you finish dealing with your shitty co-workers and you leave work you’re exhausted. All you want to do is take care of the essentials and go straight to bed, which leaves no time to cultivate a successful game plan for your business. You’re 9-5 job and personal life takes up the majority of your time, making you feel as if your life lacks productivity and a sense of purpose. Instead of going off the grid and consider never showing up for work again here are 5 Tips On How to Start Your Own Business:
Stop Making Excuses
One of the reasons why many people are so unsuccessful is simply because they make an excuse for everything and don’t follow through. How many people do you know from high school or college that talked about making shit happen and ended up talking themselves out of their success and dreams. Don’t ever convince yourself that you are too old to start your own business or that you aren’t as knowledgeable as others who are already successful. This might sound cliche but, EVERYONE started from somewhere and for most it was all the way at the bottom. When you get home from work, 9 times out of 10 you’re going to be dead tired, but the reality of it all is that you can’t. Starting your own business takes a lot of hard work, sweat and tears and unlike a 9-5 job, you’re expected to put in work 24 hrs a day and 7 days a week. Remember that if starting your own business was easy, everyone would be doing it.
We live in a time where information is easily and readily accessible, so there’s no excuse. There are millions of networks and platforms to get your product and message out to the public for little or no cost. I seriously think people forget the value of social media and miss the fact that it is free marketing. Social media is not just there to post selfies and pictures of your kids on the first day school. It’s free marketing to engage your demographic and gain insight. Use it CONSISTENTLY to build your product and brand.
Stop Telling Everyone Your Plans
A lot of people are terrified to step out on faith and take the risk of quitting their job. They turn to close friends and family members for validation and answers, when most of the time they are unable to provide this. Yes, your family and friends love and care about you (I hope) but, that doesn’t mean they are going to support your dreams and see your vision. Instead of receiving words of encouragement and advice, you may receive discouragement and doubt. Take their point of view for what it is and do not stress yourself out trying to get them to see any different. The average person is afraid to break the cookie cutter mold of going to college or holding down a steady job until retirement hits decades later. Stop telling everyone all your moves and be comfortable and secure enough that you are making the right decision for your own life.If you do feel inclined to seek advice, go to an expert or someone that has experience in the field you are trying to infiltrate. The main focus should be to start creating value for your brand, earning money and then share your achievements.
Plan a Valuable Escape Route
It is very important that you don’t waste valuable time if you are planning on leaving your job. Don’t quit your job without a significant plan for your entrepreneurial endeavors. Don’t go to work just yet and cuss out your boss if you have a shred of doubt that you may have to return back to work…or not.
The following advice will not necessarily get you kudos at the next staff meeting, however, it will help condition your mind to quit. Use every free minute of your work day and/ or lunch break to conduct research regarding your business, promote on social media and connect with others. When you’re starting a business, it’s important to do a lot of ground work and meet as many people as possible pertaining to your target market. If you have the opportunity of a flexible schedule or to work from home, finish your daily tasks and get back to building your brand. Once you have hustled into completing your tasks at your 9-5 job you will have the luxury to fly under the radar and get more shit completed.
While your co-workers are making small talk in the hallway or burning that extra time at the company picnic, you should be focused on what actually matters which is Operation Get the Hell Out of my Shitty Job.
Know When It’s Time to Quit
Though I am a huge risk taker, some people are not. In addition, some people have been dealt the responsibilities of maintaining a marriage or raising children, which can make things a little more tricky, not impossible. So the question is, when is the right time to quit?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question and everyone’s circumstances are uniquely different. Some people are trying to start a successful business in their home town, while others are trying to move their entire life to a bigger city for example. Here are your options:
OPTION 1 ( The Ultimate Risk Taker): Say f*ck it and quick your job immediately and rely on your heart and judgement that you will figure your life out. Maybe you have a support system and some cool friends that will let you couch surf.
OPTION 2 ( Show me the Money First): You’ve decided to quit after you’ve made your first $1 or another significant amount of money. You want to quit, however, you would feel more comfortable with waiting until you have met some type of financial milestone.
OPTION 3 (Save Some Money): Like I said previously, maybe your plan is to move all the way across the country and you have calculated the expenses. Maybe your 9-5 job does not pay enough for you to even have the opportunity to begin a small savings towards this goal. Instead you have to rely on hustling or getting a part-time job in order to pay your bills and start saving for your move. Note that this option could create a situation where you have even less time to focus on building your business.
OPTION 4 ( Quit When You Don’t Need Your 9-5): Though this option is the safest there is no telling the time frame of when you will be making enough money from your business to support your lifestyle and/or family. If your business would be more successful in a bigger city, then waiting could make you miss out on many opportunities and chances.
Know which option to choose that will make you the most comfortable and not begging for change in the street at Christmas.
Remember to Take Care of Yourself
The most important tip is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are going days without eating , you will not have the fuel you need to conquer your day. It is critical to keep as much positive energy around you as possible. There is no time to deal with unnecessary drama and foolishness when you are working towards your goals. Cut it. The day that you are ready to quit your 9-5 job will come soon and you need to prepared for all aspects of it. You have to be ready for some failures and keep going even though you may not be seeing immediate results. So many people start off strong and then lack consistency with their product or engaging on social media. Just because you aren’t getting hundreds of likes on every picture you post on Instagram it doesn’t mean you need to slack off. Keep Pushing.