It feels so weird to call myself a business owner – even though it was always my dream to run my own venture. I launched my brand of sustainable products in April 2021. While I am still working on making it profitable, it’s been a helluva journey. A lot of people express their surprise when they learn that I left my cushy corporate job (with a big global bank) to pursue this journey. It’s definitely been a crazy change – the biggest being accepting that I won’t be getting a steady income for a while atleast. Despite it being totally out of my comfort zone, why did I decide to pursue this journey?
- My corporate job didn’t fuel my passion – as much as social media makes out a 9-5 job to be bad – it isn’t necessarily. There are a lot of people who thrive in the corporate world. However, I didn’t feel like I was happy with the work I was doing and didn’t feel like working just for money. I was constantly looking for a purpose, some sort of meaning which I couldn’t find in the corporate world.
- I want to leave a legacy – people think that a legacy means something that might impact millions of people. But in my head even if I’m able to help thousands of people to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, I’d have left a mark on the future of this world.
- I’m a dreamer and don’t necessarily have the skills to fit into the corporate world.
But was the journey and the decision to leave a well paid banking job easy? Hell no. I had so many people dissuade me. Have I had doubts over my decision? Many times (especially with my dwindling accounts). Have I been scared? So many times. Have I wanted to give up and pack it up? Yes. But has it be an awesome journey? Yessss.
If you are planning on starting your small business own business anytime soon, you should know –
- The pay isn’t steady
- The rewards aren’t steady – you might have a great month followed by months of abysmal returns
- You should have some safety net of savings to depend on
- You need to be prepared for failure and have a back-up plan
- You need to be practical about business decisions (instead of emotional)
- You need to network all the time (my biggest problem with the corporate world)
- You need to have faith in yourself and your venture
I’ve been meaning to write more about my journey and guide more people on their journey to starting their own businesses. So let me know if you’d like to read more about this.
Note: This post has been written for Bloganuary on the prompt ‘when was the last time you left your comfort zone’
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