If you are reading this, chances are that you have been pondering for a long time whether or not you should go out on your own or keep your 9-to-5 leadership job…
Making the decision to be self-employed is a difficult one since everyone is not cut out to go out on their own and the risks are extreme.
However, staying in your current 9-to-5 contains risks of its own:
- You are not sure if you will get laid off or not.
- You are financially dependent.
- You are responsible for things that you don’t really care about.
- You are in a cubicle and around people you don’t care about.
- You suffer from a unhealthy work-life balance.
- You are being underutilized, under-challenged and are underperforming.
Wondering if you are meant to work for yourself?
1. You are all about growth
You are focused on yourself, on your growth and on the expansion of your business.
2. You think as a brand
You need to start thinking about yourself as a brand and as a business.
Everything you say or do is connected to your brand and purpose.
3. You enjoy taking risks
The people closest to you will try to talk you out of being self-employed because they are afraid of the unknown.
If you have to take risks, it is better and safer to bet on yourself.
4. You love to learn
Whether you are reading books or taking classes, you are always open to learn.
You believe that there is always room for improvement.
5. You are good at many things
You don’t want to be stuck in one position or with the same role.
Your skillset is transverse, you want to apply yourself in different fields and you often outdo your job description.
6. You understand sacrifice
Sacrifice is necessary to get where you cant to go.
You won’t be able to go out or stay in bed as much as you want to because you are willing to get down in the trenches and put in the hard work.
7. You require flexible hours
You want to be able to handle your own hours and not punch in.
You want a healthy work-life balance.
The tricky part about this is that you are your own boss, wont take much time off, have to be self-disciplined enough to follow your schedule and achieve your goals.
8. You make your own rules
If you have been in the workplace, you will encounter rules that don’t make sense, that consistently protect one group or people and that create or encourage bias.
You want to walk to the beat of your own drums without having to be like other people or having to comply to crazy and counterproductive rules.
You want to create a culture with clear guidelines that makes more sense and that will help people succeed.
9. You want more control and visibility
You don’t want to constantly look for validation or permission.
You need all the information you can get to make the best decisions.
You need control and visibility to perform at your best.
10. You want ownership of your work
You are sick and tired of giving away your ideas, intellectual property, time and energy for a small paycheck.
Thanks to ownership over your work, you take pride in what you produce daily.
11. You cannot hold down a regular job to save your life
Because you follow your own rules, are good at many things and are frustrated with the status quo, it is hard for you to keep a job.
You don’t like taking orders, are uncomfortable with the status quo, you get fired a lot or quit often.
12. You value financial independence
You respect money and enjoy making money.
You don’t like depending on someone else than yourself for income.
13. You don’t fit in
You are not a team player, have a hard time getting along with others or stand out like a sore thumb.
You generally speak your mind and end up leading a project.
You have and value your own mind.
14. You genuinely love what you do
You want to do your best in your field of expertise.
However, in the workplace, you have no room to explore your passions or to demonstrate full enthusiasm for your field.
15. You take responsibility for your actions
You enjoy making your own decisions and understand that there are consequences for their actions.
When you make wrong decisions, you don’t shift blame, you learn from your failures and you are able to move on.
16. You are self-disciplined
You don’t want for people to tell you what to do or when to do it.
Even when you don’t feel like it, you manage your tile effectively, don’t procrastinate and go through your task list.
17. You enjoy working alone
Working alone is scary for some people but you embrace freedom and solitude.
You know that you can achieve more in less time when you are on your own.
18. You are resilient and resourceful
You expect the unexpected and believe that there is room for everybody to succeed in this world.
You see obstacles as challenges and are able to face different situations on a daily basis.
You don’t dwell on your failures, you celebrate your success and push through.
19. You are burning out
Your work environment has become toxic and is burning you out.
Your stress levels are very high and you feel like you are leaving your best self at work.
Something or someone at work is draining all your energy.
Last Words Of Advice!
If you are considering going out on your own, you have to be honest with yourself and assess your character and skills.
Before leaving your 9-to-5, make sure that you can survive without a job income or that your side hustle is making enough money.
Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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