How to Take the Entrepreneurial Leap, Without Crashing and Burning

How to take the Entrepreneurial leap, without crashing and burning

Photo c/o Karen Roe

I recently heard someone relate entrepreneurship to jumping off of a cliff and building the plane on the way down.

If this were true, not only would you have to build the plane, but you would have to LEARN to build that plane which requires many different skill sets. These skills are best learned through trial and error.

Falling to your death is not the time to start learning all of the skills needed to build your “Entrepreneurial Wings”. Not to mention that you have no idea how to fly the plane, so you would probably crash it anyways.

“I was scared”

I was scared of the unknown the day that I left the company that I co-owned and had worked at for the last 5 years. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do, or where exactly I was going to get the money to pay my bills.

The only thing that I knew for sure was that I no longer wanted to be there and I dreaded coming into work. I was just spinning my wheels handcuffed to a “job”.

Although I was scared of the unknown, I was not exactly taking a leap of faith. The previous 10 years of my life was spent working in the furniture trade building a reputation of honesty and quality.

I knew that I was worth more than I was paying myself at our company, or at least hoped I was. Within days of walking out, I knew that I would be ok.

Once the word got out that I had quit, I was flooded with congratulations and a few great job offers. I was very honored to find out that people were willing to hire me, based on my reputation, even outside of the trade that I knew most.

I will admit that I was working for myself for at least 6 months before I even learned what an entrepreneur was. Looking back, I can honestly say that I have always been an entrepreneur without even knowing it. It didn’t start the day that I quit.

I see entrepreneurship as more of a mindset than just self employment. It takes practice to be confident.

My advice is to practice while on someone else’s dime instead of taking that leap of faith in an all or nothing move.

Where to begin? You may be working a job that you hate. If so, you have 3 options.

Option 1 is to keep showing up to just put in the hours only doing enough to not get fired.

Option 2 is to always go above and beyond. Treat your time like it is the most valuable thing that you have. (Because it is) Do such a good job that other workers may get upset that you are making them look bad. If other employees notice, then so will management.

Option 3– Quit.

I would never recommend option 1 and definitely would not start with option 3. Start with adding value and making yourself worth more at your current employment. Then start thinking about side income.

If you can’t figure out how to either demand more money at work or how to make money on the side, then you would never be able to just quit and expect yourself to make enough money to survive as an entrepreneur.

Are you ready to make that leap of faith?