One of the questions I get asked All. The. Time. is HOW did I become an entrepreneur – what was my journey. I answered that in my last post My Career Jungle & How I Became an Entrepreneur here. The second question I get asked a lot is: How did you know it was time to take the plunge?
So here’s my response…
I became obsessed with the idea of owning my own business and becoming my own boss. It was all I could think about. I had a notebook with me 24/7 because if I would have an awe-inspiring idea, I had to jot it down. I would wake up early. I would go to bed late all to allow time to brainstorm.
- How could I build my client base?
- What types of services could I offer?
- How would I price out my services?
- How would I legally set up the business?
- What would I name the business?
I became consumed with all the ideas. You know when you try on the perfect wedding dress, and although you try on more after, all you can think about is “the one?” Starting my own business was “the one.” I wanted the control and opportunity that comes with owning your own business. Control over what I get to do on a daily basis and being solely responsible for my own decisions and to define my own success. I could think of nothing else.
So I knew it was time when the idea consumed me, and no other option sounded appealing to me.
I love hearing the “I risked it all and just went for it” stories. The Bill Gates who dropped out of college to create Microsoft because of his belief that consumers could benefit from a home computer. The individuals who decided to stop complaining about their current secure-but-not-so satisfying position to follow their dreams on a limb. I love hearing those, but that is not my story.
I’m conservative. And well I carried the health insurance for my family and made a nice and necessary income at the time. Unfortunately I didn’t have the guts to jump and see how I landed. I needed to know I could land on my feet. Insert the side hustle. I would work on my business at night and on the weekends while keeping my 9-5. I did this for seven years. Yes, it took seven years. Sometimes I wish I had more guts, was more of a risk-tasker, but that’s just not me. I knew I had to be more secure and by keeping the side hustle going I became more obsessed.
I’ve learned that sometimes it doesn’t matter how you get, or how long it takes Just Get There, and never look back.