Have you found yourself dreaming more and more about how life would be if you quit your day job? Do you think about what you could do if you only had the time? How do you know if you are really ready to take the plunge? If readiness for you means preparing for a smooth transition, then you will never be ready. Yes, you can definitely prepare and save yourself some headaches. All you need is a plan. The unexpected will happen, both good and bad, because, you don’t know what you don’t know. I never thought about working for myself until I couldn’t find a better opportunity in the small city I lived in, and I couldn’t sit in my desk one. more. day.
I had a good job working as an Art Director for a Fortune 100 company. I felt guilty for wanting something more and complaining about it. I knew it wasn’t the place to do the most creative projects. But, I found there was an opportunity to learn so much through working on a large variety of projects where I could use the planning and strategy part of my brain. Eventually, there just wasn’t any higher up I could go in the company or projects that excited me. I wasn’t using my creativity, and I just felt kind of dead. It happened so slowly, I could ignore it. I mean it was a really good job, and I had bills to pay.
When you are a creative, it’s really a huge part of who you are. When you don’t connect with your creativity, you just don’t feel like yourself. I was miserable. Knowing you are ready is not just about being prepared. It is also about being in the right head space. I stayed too long at my previous job, and it left me feeling burned out and confused about what I wanted. This made starting my own business so much harder, because working for yourself is hard, and you need all of the focus and confidence you can muster. You are never really ready. However, when you have the longing to make a change, it’s time to make preparations for that dream come true.