5 Tips for Leaving Your 9-5 job and Starting Your Own Business
Okay. Let’s be real. The 9-5 work-life has transitioned into the 8-6, and it can be exhausting, draining, and just downright stress-inducing.
Trust me; I’ve been there. I worked in a corporate design job, pouring my heart out into design, but unable to find a balance between work life and personal life. It was when I got pregnant and had my daughter that I decided enough was enough.
So I dove into creating my brand and web design business and never looked back.
You can do it too.
Tip #1: Dive into your interests.
What could you spend all day doing and never get tired of? Maybe it’s as simple as being outside, or perhaps it’s a little more complicated, like coding. Since you are transitioning out of that 9-5 job and on to your own business - it’s crucial that you do something that brings you joy. Whatever you love, make a list, write them down, and head to google.
Research your interests. For instance, if you love cooking, check out some cooking blogs! Head to youtube and watch some cooking channels. Ask yourself these questions:
What are people who make a career out of my interests doing?
Where does the money come in for these people?
What can I do to stand out in this field?
It’s okay if you don’t know what your interests are. That’s the beauty of life - we get to learn and discover new interests as we grow.
Tip #2: Create a written game plan and hang it up somewhere that you’ll see it every day.
Now that you have your interest nailed down, it’s important to have a plan for the rest of your transition process.
Writing things down the traditional way with pen and paper is an extremely valuable way to solidify whatever ideas you have.
For instance, if you want to go into the business of food blogging, your written list might look like such:
Choose a blogging platform
Create a website/domain name
Compile a list of recipes to write about
Brainstorm additional content you can use
Write about recipes
Check out other food bloggers
Promote your blog
Collaborate with other foodies/influencers.
Hang this list up on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, wherever you’ll see it every day.
Tip #3: Make it a side-hustle.
If you don’t have a financial safety net, it might not be the best idea to storm in and quit your day job just yet.
Your sleep schedule might take a small hit - but it’s worth it.
Let’s say you spend roughly 8-9 hours at your day job a day. Block off 1 or 2 hours of your personal time to dive into your business. Trust me, you can afford the time! Schedule it out and stick with your schedule. Soon, you won’t even need that day job.
And yes - even on weekends. Weekends are perfect to have noninterrupted time to work.
Tip #4: Failure is growth and opportunity in disguise.
Often as humans, when we fail at something, we get so frazzled and frustrated that sometimes we even shut down and quit.
Failure is an opportunity to reflect, learn, and regroup.
The important thing is how you react to your perceived failure. If you respond with compassion towards yourself and your career goals, you’ll be able to bounce back quicker than if you become frustrated and shut down.
Tip #5: Ask for help.
You’re not alone in this world, so why should you try to navigate your career alone? Often it comes down to pride. It’s our nature as humans to strive for success and feel embarrassed when we need help, but that shouldn’t be the case. Those who are most successful in life have had lots of help along the way.
Enroll in some courses, read a book, reach out to a mentor. You can try to navigate this path alone, but trust me when I say it’s much easier and more comfortable with guidance.
Success is not linear. There are going to be ups and downs along the way, and that’s okay. Don’t get discouraged if you hit a valley because just around the corner is a peak. Let me be your cheerleader and your guide and let's create a memorable brand you will be confident with to show up and give it your all!