Knowing it’s Time to Quit Your Day Job

There are many that can relate to the following: For Carla, a producer at Microsoft working with the tour, “I was miserable. I had a sexy, ego-stroking job that made for great bragging material. But I was being eaten alive by all the work, and drained by the politics of working in a large company.”

I am going to skip right to the conclusion of this article.  The more conservative types can read the entire article at startupnation.

“But Carla’s story certainly illustrates a couple of important points about deciding when to quit workin’ for the man. Making sure that there truly is interest in the market for your product before you cut the strings is vital. But perhaps even more importantly, listen to that little voice in your head and make a choice that’s in line with your long-term health and well-being. Starting a business that you’re passionate about can only do great things for your mental and physical health. Maybe you’ll be able to take a leave from your job, like Carla, to have some time to plan your business, or maybe you’ll need to start your business part-time while still working your job full-time. No matter which path you take, there’s no better time than now to start your dream business!

The perfect time to start your business is a fantasy. Be like Nike and Just Do It!

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  • I completely agree but there is a level of fear that a lot of people have to face before they can truly be ready to start out on their own. I’m slowly getting to the point myself but instead of taking the plunge I took a job that would push me both financially (because its a pay cut) and allow me to learn a whole lot more. Once I’m done this I’ll be that much readier to start my own thing, I might even get going on it part time.

    Having the knowledge you want to do something on your own can help lift the burden of a dead end job while you position yourself to be ready (monetarily and knowledge wise)

  • Congratulations on your move. This is the second time that I have quit Corporate America to start my own business. Both times I worked the business part-time before taking the full-time plunge. Working the business part-time buys time to determine if your business is viable and has a market.

    Also gaining experience while working a job in a related field is a wise move. After my first business fizzled, I realized that I was lacking in the Marketing & Sales arena. So, I picked up my MBA and my subsequent jobs were in Marketing and Sales.

    However, to be honest even after developing additional skills and working your biz part-time there will still be a certain level of fear. The uncertainty is scary, but what’s the worst that can happen? If you are lucky you will succeed and get to live your dream. If you fail – so what, go find a job and start over. That’s exactly what I did the first time.