Maybe you’ve been thinking about the American dream of starting your own business and breaking away from the 9-5 corporate environment. This is exactly what I did in less than 6 months.
When I made the decision to start my own business I was working as an International Corporate Controller. I was spending more than 50 hours a week working for someone else company. Although I had a paycheck, I had nothing to show for the time or quality work I was producing. If I wanted to work from home to take care of personal things or have a more flexible schedule, it always seemed to be questioned. This might not be the case at every employer but it made me question why I wasn’t working for myself.
So, I started Zeigler & Barnes. Yes, I had doubts and fears that I would be able to replace my income or that I would have the time to do my own business while maintaining my current job. Almost overnight, after following the previous blog “Tips for Starting a Business” I had opened my business. Then came the tasks of designing a logo, getting a website together, renting a space, and advertising for clients. All of this was energizing because my dream was becoming a reality.
The more energy I focused on my business, the more it blossomed. Yes, I was working round the clock but it was for my gain, for a better work life balance, pursuing my interests and strengths. Working at my business no longer felt like work because I was doing what I loved.
Although it did not replace my income immediately, eventually I could see growth headed in the right direction and I made the leap of faith to resign from my corporate job. I couldn’t be happier with the choice and am left with the words from Tina Turner’s song Proud Mary…”I left a good job in the city, working for the man every night and day and I never lost one minute of sleeping worrying ’bout the way the things might’ve been…and were ROLLING!”