Should You Quit Your Job To Start A Business

“Do I start a business of my own?”

“ Is starting a business right for everybody?”

“When do I know when to start?”

“Is my hesitation to begin a business okay?”

You’ve caught yourself asking these questions for the past few months or more because you are progressively restless about being the employee you are— the boring one with a lifeless enthusiasm.

Will the dreams that peep through the window of your soul wither away at the expense of your boss’ satisfaction? Your smile is waning, your drive is fading and working just has lost its fun. It was once exciting to make quite some buck from doing that job eight hours a day. It made you afford the luxuries that joblessness would have made alien to you. Now, you are three years on the job and the glitter of cash has dimmed…or so it seems. There is a brewing dissatisfaction with your professional achievements that improving the conditions in your workplace or asking for a higher pay cannot discontinue.

One of the requirements worth your consideration before you make the choice to quit your job or not is to know what it takes to get to the point where you can say “ I’m fulfilled”.

Fulfillment is not necessarily the comfortable path that pats you on your back and slaps your hands with a fat paycheck. It might mean walking out the door of your old job to begin the company of your dreams. However, launching out to start your company prematurely can damage your already dying enthusiasm. In fact, to instinctively think that being your own boss guarantees you mental and financial freedom is erroneous.

“Do I Quit my job to start a business of my own” is a million dollar question with an answer only you can give.

Why should you quit your job to start a business when your current job fetches you the required exposure, experience and expertise to make you a sought-after professional?

Truly, your job as an employee might not be the loveliest ever but the same can be said about starting a company also—it is not always a gorgeous endeavor. When you quit the process of your training and trade it for the thrill of opening up a new business, you risk letting your happiness die with the disappointments that escort charlatans.

On the other hand, why shouldn’t you start a business of your own if  your current employment restricts you from investing tangible energy in your dreams and ambitions? The launch pad is a resignation letter away! Hit it and walk out of there a promising entrepreneur!

“ Is starting a business right for everybody?”

Some authorities assert that being a CEO is up for grabs by anybody and that is the surest path to financial and mental breakthrough. This is definitely debatable. It suffices to say that whether you are an employee or an employer, your cash inflow fundamentally depends on the value you add to those you serve (customers). Whether the reward of increased value is instant or distant, that is always up for contemplation.

Yes! Anyone can start a company. But not everyone needs to and certainly —not everyone needed to at the time they did. They set out too early.

Are you looking for a list of criteria to see if you measure up to having a business of your own? Don’t worry yourself too much. You are probably qualified. The most important ingredient for your start-up is “value”. What are you bringing to the table? Repeating other people’s endeavors or ideas just to have a company in your name or make quick cash is a cheap prospect. The same can be said for other get rich quick schemes you might be considering. They don’t last!

Starting a company demands that you have clear goals and objectives alongside the tools by which you plan to attain them.

It is equally reasonable to measure how well those goals have been met. Blue prints—roadmaps that reflect the journey you expect your company to take in the complex maze of the market you exist in helps you define why you are different from the other entrepreneur. How you get funding, market, satisfy your clients, respond to feedbacks, reduce cost, improve profits, manage liabilities, outsourcing methods, publicity outlets, design of the company managerial structure are all landmarks you include in your road map.

The journey to starting a company can be pretty easy and uneventful and you begin making profit in an instant. In many other scenarios, the opposite is exactly the case—a lousy start with losses stretching into the third year of the company’s inception. The scale of the business can be a deciding factor on what complexities are involved in the beginning.

So the uncertainty that looms with being an entrepreneur does cause a decent level of hesitation to begin. With the number of failing businesses soaring, caution is the solace for would-be business owners.

“Is my hesitation to begin a business okay?”

Nonetheless hiding too long beneath the pile of stories about failed start-ups is also unhelpful. It relegates the bliss of your dream to the unrealistic fear you might fail. However, success is a story told by people who have tried, failed and survived.

Hesitation isn’t all bad. It helps you with the required deliberation to begin. You are more thoughtful and thorough before the start-up date. When hesitation grows into paranoia, it snatches your will to begin and you are left stranded—no longer comfortable with your old job but lacking the confidence to fix the discomfort you feel. What a difficulty!

Now that you can answer the questions, what will you do with the answers you get? What will you do with your old job? Keep it still or thrash it out?