Let’s face it, the last thing you want to do now that you’ve decided to finally leave your 9 to 5 job is to add more stress to your life.
Isn’t that why you decided to build your own business in the first place? You’re looking for freedom from your awful boss, nasty coworkers, and the limitations of a fixed salary.
But if you’re trading all that in for a different kind of stress, what have you really gained? Before you kiss your cubicle goodbye, be sure you first build a solid foundation—and we don’t just mean business-wise.
Build a Financial Safety Net
Nothing stresses us out quite like worrying about money. Whether you’re concerned about those college tuition bills you’ll be facing in a few years, or worse, you’re not just sure how you’re going to make the rent—it’s easy to lose your business mojo.
As a new business owner, you certainly don’t want money trouble casting a shadow over your Solopreneur dream.
Before you turn in your resignation, set aside some cash in case of a rainy day. Aim for at least three months of living expenses, but more is definitely better. Hopefully you won’t need it, but having some cash on hand will definitely relieve the pressure of having a new business that’s not earning its keep—yet.
Make Sure Your Family is on Board
Money troubles are bad, but there may be one thing that’s worse: an unsupportive (or downright hostile) spouse or family members. And as any Solopreneur will tell you, not everyone understands the drive to be a business owner.
In fact, most people find it pretty scary to step away from that regular paycheck to chase after a dream.
If that sounds like your husband (or wife) don’t take it personally. They’re not making a statement about your ability. More than likely, they’re just worried about what the future holds.
Do your best to understand where they’re coming from and be sure to clearly explain your ideas, why you’re confident it will work, and how you plan to cover the startup expenses and manage the risk.
If he or she is still not on board, consider starting slow with a part-time business while still working your day job. That will give you the opportunity to prove your idea is workable and might just help your spouse get as excited about it as you are!
Take Time for YOU
No matter what’s going on with your money, your spouse or your business, you need to be sure to schedule some “you” time.
No one can work all the time, regardless of how driven you are. Moreover, no one can stay healthy while maintaining a nonstop schedule. Go for a walk, hit the gym, get a pedicure or just binge on your favorite brainless television show.
The point is simply to take time away from your desk to rest and rejuvenate. Without it, you’ll soon find yourself overwhelmed and stressed, even if you truly love your new business!
Not Quite Sure If You’re Ready to Start a Business?
Jumping into business is no easy feat. If it was, more people would’ve done it. But if you’re absolutely sure you want to launch one but just can’t get past your fears, I can help you!All you have to do is contact me and I’ll give you tailored advice on how to overcome your worries so you can start building the business of your dreams!
Lisa is a Business Educator. If you are like her other clients YOU want to GROW your business! BUT you are a little stuck on how to get past your current roadblocks. Enjoy the Solopreneur Success site and also check out her coaching website https://www.lisapenson.com