Day in and day out you find yourself feeling “stuck” in your corporate job, so much so that the days just seem to blend into one another and professional atrophy has set in. You’re not recognized for your contributions and the corporate culture has begun to wear away at you leaving you feeling jaded.
Felena Hanson, the Founder of Hera Hub, has been her own boss for years now! With her experience in the business world, we would love to share what she has to say about being in business for herself. Learning from other women propels our own understanding and inner knowing of what we need to do for our own growth.
You’ve long had a personal passion that you’ve wanted to turn into a profitable endeavor. You are itching to rebel against what is expected of you in corporate culture, to reinvent yourself, and to thrive in your passion.
You are ready to flee the confines of the corporate world and set to launch your dream business. You want to be an entrepreneur!
Wanting to be in the driver’s seat of your business is the easy step. Entrepreneurship, however, in and of itself is not that easy.
But, when you can commit to enduring the challenges you will revel in the flexibility you’ll have over your time management and in the autonomy you’ll experience when it comes to your life’s work. Heading off on your journey to entrepreneurship will bring so many benefits to your life, all of them well worth any of the challenges you will face.
In order to remain successful on this journey you must begin with addressing your mindset.
It is the key to success, the ability to control your thoughts and master your psychology, and everything else becomes a byproduct of that process. You’ll find a lot of articles, books, and guides on becoming more productive, fitter, happier.
But it is your mindset that will determine whether you’ll truly be successful and live your life to the fullest. Once you have your mindset in place, it’s then much simpler keep these 5 important tips in mind as you become “unstuck” from your corporate cage.
You’ll wear every hat imaginable as an entrepreneur…
Unless you have the funds to outsource what you’re not good at or don’t want to do. Be prepared to wear the hat of a bookkeeper, accountant, customer relations agent, head of operations, and more. It will be tempting to do what you do well and ignore the other areas of your business, but you’ll be out of business before long if you only focus on what you do best and ignore all the other important parts of your business machine.
You’ll need to learn to love numbers quickly…
Because it is YOUR sales, costs, and, hopefully, profits that will determine if you survive or fail. The most challenging can be managing cash flow, because you may be profitable on paper, but your business can sink if you can’t float month to month. It is especially true in a product-based business.
If you find you simply cannot bring yourself to fall in love with numbers, then it is time for you to consider hiring a good bookkeeper to keep your records straight, and maybe even a CFO to review numbers with you on a regular basis.
You will have to be AND remain passionate about your business…
Because there are long hours ahead of you and a lot of effort that will be required. It’s not like when you were an employee when you could go on doing something you disliked simply because you were receiving a salary.
You have to constantly ask yourself: Why are you doing this? What bigger purpose are you serving?
Once you’ve decided to become “unstuck” as an entrepreneur, it’s up to you to remind yourself that you LOVE what you do, because as Thomas Edison once said, “I never did a day’s work in my life, it was all fun!”
Be prepared to be a rebel.
As an employee, your focus was on following the rules. You had little room for imagination. As you trek along on your entrepreneurial journey, you have to think of yourself as a rebel.
You will always seek ways to do things differently and not get caught up in absolute perfection in everything you do. You must take shortcuts, find loopholes, and do more with less. You’ll find that as a rebel you’ll be resourceful and scrappy in order to achieve good enough!
Just do it.
You’ll begin to give yourself anxiety when you think of the time it really takes to launch a business.
Most people underestimate the length of time they think they need. Knowing that you may be tempted to stay “stuck” and not blaze on through your entrepreneurial path. Don’t let this happen to you. Just do it, just start NOW.
If you can just get up one hour earlier each day and spend time planning and building your new business, this could give you the opportunity to develop skills and build experience while still enjoying the safety net of a salary – which, at some point, you will almost certainly end up giving up in order to grow YOUR own business!
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— Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) July 11, 2017