How to Escape the 9 to 5 if you are Cautious
To move on from a full-time and secure job to a more flexible working arrangement may never be an option for some people and in any case, it may seem frightening. However, for others, circumstances are certainly pushing us to start thinking more seriously about that decision. It could be that you need additional income, are tired of the routine of a nine to five, are sick of commuting to work every day, want to spend more time with family and friends or just want a better lifestyle that can allow you enjoy or event love what you do every day. Also, the opportunities to join the 'laptop lifestyle' that we see more and more are easier.
If you are cautious as I am, let me share what I have learned moving from a corporate nine to five lifestyle to a more balanced option.
1. Understand what you want to do and why. There are so many options nowadays including starting a business on the side or freelancing. Both of these options are great but not so much for someone that has a family and doesn't necessarily have the time or a lot of money to chase new business to then actually start working. If you also consider your reason, that may tell you how you want to work in the future. In my case avoiding the daily three hours and expensive commute gave me a good case that I didn't want to continue doing this forever, but my real reason was that I just wanted to be there for my children and stop missing all their important moments.
2. Understand what have been your objections so far. I can list so many 'buts' that I have given to myself. Yes, I always 'wished' a better lifestyle but always consider I didn't know what to do, don't have the knowledge, how do you actually do it, don't have the time, don't have the money, and so on. Once I recognised my primary objection, it became more apparent how to have a plan to overcome this and must admit that at some point my reason to do it became stronger than my objection.
The first two considerations will help you change your mindset from a corporate employee to an entrepreneur. However, you need to act on your desires of who you want to be and what you want to do in your life, so:
3. Start a clear plan. For someone cautious, going from a full-time to a small business owner for the first time is not only daunting but risky. I couldn't afford to be part of the statistics that say that it takes 30 months for a start-up to even break-even. I used to consult businesses on how to develop their strategies and implement them, so it was about time I do this with myself. Therefore, I created a three-step plan that would allow me to transition easily into my ideal lifestyle. First, learning and leveraging already proven businesses. Second, leveraging my knowledge from my first step developing my own proposition for my business. Third, stay committed to consistently grow, grow and just keep growing both for yourself and your own business.
During my own transition to a more flexible lifestyle, I have discovered that what I enjoy the most is helping others to make the transition from a nine to five role to a real flexible business.
If you are thinking about escaping the 9 to 5 but have any doubts, ADD your comments.
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