If you are looking for a new career adventure, it could be due to a number of reasons. Many people are discontented with their current jobs, the 9-5 routine, and the lack of stimulation their career is giving them. Not to mention the fact that many people face job uncertainty and layoffs that they could be forced into changing career or taking the BIG leap into a business of their own.
Does that sound like you? Well, let me tell you a secret. You’re not the only one. The modern world is giving us so many opportunities to follow our dreams and have the potential of making it big. But be aware, this is not an easy path and you can fail. A top class internet expert may not know how to be the boss of a small business.
There is no magic solution that I can give you to make you successful in the beginning parts of your journey. If you have the passion, motivation and backbone for rejection, you could be one of the lucky ones that makes it.
All rookies need some guidance, so begin with these:
3 Steps To Start A New Career
1. Don’t Burn Bridges
Just because you are leaving your old career for your own business it doesn’t mean you should burn any bridges that you currently have. Any connections that you could be extremely useful acquaintances when it comes to making your new career fly. Even if you think that a person is completely unrelated to the field you are embarking on, you just never know who they might know and put you in touch with.
Needless to say, if you wish to return to your old career you might really need these contacts to get you back in.
2. Think Ahead
Many people make the mistake of thinking in short term, rather than looking forward and thinking what they want in 5 or even 10 years time. When you embark on your new business idea you should sit down and make a plan for what you want to achieve in the long term. Even if you are going at this venture alone, it is good to bounce ideas off people and see what opinions they have. Though try to ask people outside of the family so that there are no emotional biases that could get in the way.
You don’t need an MBA to create a good business strategy. If you are an expert in the food industry, you will be more capable of understanding your market than when paying an external agency to help you with it. Just invest some time and thought and come up with actionable targets.
3. Be The Boss You Wanted To Have
If you are lucky enough to have a team on board with you for your new business, make sure that you are the boss you wanted to have in your previous employment. If your business is going to succeed, you are going to need a strong, committed team behind you. Just because you are suddenly in a position of authority, don’t make the mistake of ruling over them.
Small businesses generally start in smaller working spaces, and limited finances and can cause stress between people. Staying human and relatable is crucial to making your business grow.
If you follow these three steps you are well on your way to running a successful business in your new career. Most beginner entrepreneurs stumble, but don’t let that put you off. Every day you will have challenges and make mistakes (trust me I make mistakes all the time). But for every mistake there is a lesson learnt. Keep your head held up, and sometimes you might need to fake it till you make it.