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‘I Hate My Job’ Is A Terrible Reason To Start A Business

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So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur —
‘I Hate My Job’ Is A Terrible Reason To Start A Business

‘I Hate My Job’ Is A Terrible Reason To Start A Business -- let's take a look at one of the worst excuses out there for starting your own business, and how to turn that no-no into a more positive motivation (#blogpost #selfemployed #entrepreneur #smallbusiness #workforyourself #quityourjob #businessowner #girlboss #beyourownboss #ownbusiness) -- at http://ramonacreel.com/2018/01/04/big-girl-business-panties/hate-my-job-terrible-reason-to-start-a-business/I know, I know. You work for someone else, hate your job, and are convinced that auto-employment will solve all your problems — magically propelling you into a utopia of boundless self-determination where the guy in the next cube never borrows your stapler. A paradise of unending spare time (and all the web porn you can stand) — a glorious world of of gumdrop trees, rock-candy mountains, razzleberry waterfalls, and clients begging to hire you.

And so you’re thinking of starting your own business.

Oh, grasshopper — so much to learn. I hate to burst this beautiful vocational bubble, but you need to know that free-agency ain’t always the best refuge from a less-than-stellar job situation.

Decamping for a kitchen-corner desk may help you escape corporate red tape, unreasonable deadlines, and manipulative office politics — but independent-contractorhood comes with its own challenges:

  • the don’t-work-don’t-earn-a-living paradox (until your income turns reliable and passive, walking away for even a day means kissing ye olde paycheck goodbye — or did you forget that the subsidized sick/vacation leave also goes bye-bye when the aggravating boss and bothersome co-workers do?)
  • cash-flow crunches and resource limitations (which together translate as “I have this revolutionary new idea I’d love to launch, one that epitomizes the whole reason I went into business for myself — but I lack the-money-or-the-staff-or-the-time-or-the-energy to do a gotdamn thing about it right now”)
  • work-days that turn into work-evenings (and work-weekends and work-vacations, where you swear that you’ll take a damn break this time and you actually do mean it — until you start feeling guilty about neglecting your “baby,” and end up spending those off-hours focused on business affairs)
  • a serious case of the lonelies (solo often equals isolated — after you’ve been sitting in that back-bedroom-cum-office for weeks with no one but your college-age-child’s discarded stuffed animals for company, you WILL begin to miss those endless interruptions and vapid water-cooler conversations)
  • hyper-accountability (I feel your pain when you say that you loathe-and-detest-more-than-a-root-canal answering to other people, but this doesn’t disappear — once you call the shots, you answer to EVERYONE, especially those with the ability to spread bad word-of-mouth about your company)

Running away from a timeclock that’s sucking your soul dry is a completely natural response. I did it, most of my colleagues did it — but does that make it a solid career plan? Not even close.

A better reason for starting your own business is because you’ve got a burning passion in your belly for SOMETHING (accounting, taxidermy, the rule of law, helping people get healthy, creating art, designing software that makes folks’ lives easier, whatever) — and it’s bubbling up like a volcano that you can’t control, ready to spew forth, spraying hot entrepreneurial lava on everyone in the vicinity!

Okay, that’s a horrifying mixed metaphor and a terrifying image. I do apologize.

But I’m serious. It takes more than a desire to get out from under Da Man’s thumb to keep a small business going. And you can only run away from something for so long — eventually, you have to start running toward something else. Sure, it’s easy to act all fired-up now (while you’re still bitching about the raw deal you got at the company you just bailed on). But what happens six months down the road, when everyone’s tired of hearing that same old broken record? What new story will you tell them instead?

Plus, focusing on crap aspects of the job you’re leaving puts you in a negative frame of mind. (Not the best way to start a new professional venture.) Let me offer a teeninsy piece of soon-to-be-self-employed advice — make peace with your past, unload your baggage, let go of the anger, and avoid molotov-cocktailing any bridges on your way out the door. You never know when you’ll be contacting these folks about a freelance consulting gig. (Or, if things go badly in entrepreneurial-land, hiring you back as an employee.)

Besides, you’re gonna feel pretty stupid once you realize that some of why your job sucked was because of you. (And now that you’re the boss, you have no one else to blame for your bad habits!)

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