In today’s episode, Anna looks at how scary it is to start a business and examines the common fears that might be holding you back from leaving your corporate job to set up on your own.
How scary is it to start a business?
(1:34) “You’ve been in your corporate role for many years – maybe even your entire career to date – and you know exactly how it works. You have extensive experience of the job and the sector, and because of that you also have the respect of your managers and your peers. You’re operating within your comfort zone, where you understand the environment and you know how to do a good job. Leaving this comfort behind to start something different feels like you’re turning your back on all of that experience and respect and starting from scratch.”
(5:47) “The grass does always seem greener when you’re looking onto the other side without having experienced the day to day of what it really entails, and once you get a closer look you’ll get a more realistic understanding of what it entails. Working for yourself, you will still have to deal with difficult clients, customers or suppliers; you’ll still have to answer emails and probably attend some meetings; and, to make matters worse, you’ll be all alone and without the infrastructure and team that you have now in a large, established company.”
(10:57) “I’m not going to tell you that starting and running your own business will be easy. If that’s your expectation as you consider leaving your corporate job to set up on your own then you probably need to adjust your expectations and it may not be the right path for you! But the magic of designing your own business and working life is that you’re choosing work that is both enjoyable and fulfilling for you, and that, even if you’re working ‘harder’ on paper, you’ll find a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm that will make it feel like you’re not!”
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