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Dreaming of launching your own business?

We have all been there, feeling overworked, overstressed and unappreciated as a full-time employee in a company. Many of us spend our days dreaming of striking out on our own, taking a chance on ourselves and launching our own business.

The idea of becoming your own boss is one we’ve all entertained at one point or another. Sadly, very few of us have the courage and determination to become entrepreneurs. The fear of change and failure holds us back more than we’d like to admit, however, if you’re reading this it means that you are one of the few brave and bold enough to try it. In this article, you’ll find a few tips to make the transition from full-time employee to successful entrepreneur smoother.

How to go from employee to being your own boss:

  1. Idea: Every business out there began with an idea. If you don’t have a clue of what you want to do as an entrepreneur, you’d best start thinking of one because it’s what you’ll build your business on.
  2. The main thing to look out for at this stage is that to have a successful business your idea has to meet a need for your customers somehow and make their lives easier or better in some way. It should also stand out from the competition, so you need to think long and hard about what makes your business different from the rest.
  3. Another thing to keep in mind when coming up with your business idea is to look at your strengths. What are you great at? What’s your skill set? What do you love doing? These things are a great starting point for coming up with the best business ideas
  4. Evaluate: Once you have a solid business idea that you 100% believe in, the next step would be to evaluate your situation and the market. For the first, you’re going to have to take a good hard look at your life, consider your family and your finances, and figure out whether you’re in the right place to launch a business from the ground up. For the second, you have to take a look at what the economy’s like at the moment. You wouldn’t want to risk it all and start a business during a recession for instance. And whether the market of the industry you chose to venture in is up for welcoming a new competitor (an oversaturated market is less likely one you’ll be successful in).
  5. Business plan: So, you have your idea, and you’ve concluded that now is the optimal time to become your own boss. The next essential step would be to write a detailed business plan. There are lots of articles where you can learn what needs to be in your business plan; the main thing is that it’s there to map out the details of your business and will help you immensely when it’s time to get investors.
  6. Action plan: Once steps 1 through 3 are handled, you’re going to want to ease into it while you’re still a full-time hire at your current workplace. Even though you’re probably rearing to go and make the leap from employee to entrepreneur, the truth is that successful entrepreneurship does not happen in a day.

Instead, the beginning stages usually happen alongside your regular job, investing your free time in slowly building and developing your business. This will probably mean that you’ll find yourself working 10-12 hour days or more but on the plus side, when it is finally time to go all in on your new business, you’ll feel like you’re ready for it. This will also give you financial security while you get all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted.

Conclusion

The truth is that the transition from employee to entrepreneur is not an easy one. You’ll likely find yourself working harder than ever and face more than a few challenges along the way. However, it’ll all be worth it in the end when you’re the proud owner of your very own business.