Quit your day job and start your own business

If you’ve ever dreamed of telling your boss to shove it and walking away from a job you hate, saying to yourself you will now start your own business, chances are good that you won’t succeed. This is because a spur of the moment reaction shows little evidence of planning, you’ve alienated at least one of the people who could have helped you, you’ve shown you are undependable and can’t be trusted to carry things through and you’ve done no planning.

On the other hand, if you have a plan for your future that includes investing in yourself, if you know the value of using all available resources when you are just starting a business, if you are prepared to invest freely in your self with financial resources as well as passion, if you are ready to spend your time and your interest in making things work well and most of all, you won’t let the word ‘failure’ be a part of your vocabulary you WILL succeed. In fact, you already have.

There are a lot of excellent reasons for starting your own business. You may already be convinced of the benefits, but just need that extra nudge to get started. Why not make an appointment with a business mentor and bounce your idea off someone else. Every business needs a concept or a premise to begin with. Talking your plans over with a mentor may help you to see things you would only have determined through trial and error before.

While a creative concept is a good foundation for a business plan, it’s important to realize that you will need more than an idea in order to interest others in your product. You will need to perform that mental balancing act that will keep your creative concept alive and fresh while surrounding it with all the solid underpinnings, and framework that will allow it to become a viable business. If you approach your plan by writing down your picture of what your business will look like one year in the future and then flesh out the plan to incorporate each needed step, you will end up with a business plan.

Take time every day to continue the process of dreaming and implementing what you’ve dreamed. This will give you time for yourself, especially if you are able to do your dreaming while walking or jogging.

Especially if you are planning on quitting your day job, you will want to make sure you have balance in your life. You should balance working and not working, Balance things you do for fun with things you do only because you must. Take some time every single day to think about something bigger than you are and take some time every day in order to help someone smaller than you are.

Stay focused. Maintain a comprehensive plan for 1 year, 2 years and 5 years. This doesn’t mean that you never have and fun. It means that are keeping your short term and long term goals in front of you self. Have a goal just for today if you wish. Know what you want to accomplish today and do it.

Spend some time doing, not just planning. The ability to live in and enjoy life as you pass through is a precious gift and one which should be enjoyed to the fullest.

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