When cubicle life is no longer satisfying or providing you with the challenges that you need then it’s high time that you moved on. You’ve got enough business acumen to make a real go of something that is entirely yours, that takes everything you know and everything you’re good at and turns into a real business opportunity. Whether that’s selling goods or selling your expertise as a consultant, it’s time to make it happen.
In this article, we’re taking a look at just what it takes to branch out and some of the less talked about sides of forming a start-up. Be prepared for some challenging times ahead but be prepared, too, for success and for being glad of the day when you finally decided to go it alone.
Sure you may well have experienced times of stress in your life but having that fall-back of paid sickness leave or an annual holiday entitlement can really take some of the pressure off of taking some time off.
When you’re out there on your own, there’s no such thing as paid holiday and that knowledge that it’s all down to you can be a stress trigger. While stress generally concerns feeling worried about one or two quite specific things, it’s often a good way of pinpointing areas of your business that you’re going to need a little help with.
If the idea of keeping your own accounts sends you into a tailspin then you must address this issue. Hire in someone to take control once a month and keep you on track with your taxes and invoicing. No one can tell you how to start a business but there are plenty of professionals out there who can help you keep it on track once you are up and running. Take some of the stress out of your life with help when you need it and consider that an investment.
Don’t be afraid to call on friends and loved ones to tell them how tough you’re finding aspects of your new job. They want to know you’re ok and while they may not be able to ease the burden in a practical way, they’ll be able to support you emotionally.