Starting a new career path can be exhilarating yet daunting. Some take a career switch a step further by launching a small business, but it’s important to have a balanced view as to whether entrepreneurship is the right solution for you. Here are things to consider when considering a major career shift:
The initial legwork
Starting a business can be the ideal solution if you are passionate about something and your career change aligns with it. Remember: Starting a business is easy; it’s actually keeping everything afloat that’s the tough part. Preparation is critical because it allows you to gain an understanding of the things you do and don’t know. Starting a business is not just about getting a loan from the bank or setting up a website. You’ll encounter many things that can loom large down the line, like your business name and trademarks. While you can use a naming platform like Squadhelp to help you out, those tasks could potentially cause issues later on.
The initial stages of running a business can be financially challenging. Some people think it’s about getting a business loan, but you need to consider your financial stability and business plan. You need to have an understanding of what your business is going to be and how you will achieve it before you go knocking on the bank’s door for money.
Take a look at the skills you bring to the table and how they align with your business venture. Starting a business requires a diverse skill set, and while we can always develop these skills as we go, you need to have a look at if you are able to lead from the outset. If not, you might want to go back to the drawing board and acquire more skills or, at the least, find a career that allows you to learn and develop those skills as you go. When we have a better understanding of what we can achieve, not just in terms of the business itself but also our business personality and skills, we will be able to align far better with the company and get better results.
When it comes to navigating a career change, there is a lot to bear in mind. Entrepreneurship demands a lot of our time, and we need to consider how this lines up with our work-life balance. Starting a business can be flexible but it also can be challenging and Incredibly transformative.
Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
She is passionate about creating helpful and meaningful things.