I was never one of those kids who always wanted to be an entrepreneur, I didn't have aspirations for a homegrown enterprises on the side of the road at age 7, nor did I even know it was possible. In fact up until aged 22 I was convinced that working a 9-5 with a capped annual salary and four ‘approved’ weeks of holidays a year was ‘living the dream.’
At the time all of my friends were studying their butts of to get the job security that I had at age 19, permanent full time, earning $54,000 a year, 10 days paid sick leave, 4 weeks paid holidays and just 15 minutes drive from my home.
When my career path took me on the chase for more money, more responsibility and lots of shitty travel, I begun to notice the impact the 9-5 grind was having on my health, wellness and relationships. I found myself asking if working for someone else's dream and being told how much I could earn and when I could take holidays was really for me. I begun to notice how stifled my creativity was and how my Sunday night dread of Monday mornings was an ongoing battle. I hated my job and my life was suffering because of it.
It was around this time that read the quote...
‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’
- Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich.
I knew that if the life that I was living wasn’t making me happy, than I had to be the one to change it. I begun my journey into the world of entrepreneurship and was immediately attracted to the fast paced style of work, the incentives to break the rules and the drive for innovative ways to do things differently. I was drawn to the idea of setting my own limits as to how long and hard I worked and for the first time in my life I was excited to take control of my earning and achieving potential.
Once I got wind of all that was waiting for me in the entrepreneur world, I couldn’t go back. I had my eyes on my new dream and I was determined to make it a reality.
Chances are if you’re reading this you possibly work in a 9-5, perhaps you’re a mum on maternity leave or a freelancer who’s working in retail to fund your side project. Either way you’re asking yourself the question, when is a good time to finally start this business I’ve always wanted to start?
Here are some reflection questions you might want to consider to help you to find your answer...(be sure to check out the free business startup tool at the bottom)
Your current workplace
What emotions, feelings and reactions do I have the day before you go back to work after a weekend or time off?
Would you rather spend your days working on your passion than going to work?
Are you living your fullest potential in your current workplace?
Does your current work make you feel like to you are ‘on purpose’ with your life?
Are your energised and excited by going to work?
When you throw yourself into your current work, how does it make you feel?
Would you rather be hustling for your side project than your boss?
Do you feel loyal and excited about your current task in your workplace?
Do you feel appreciated and respected in your workplace?
Are you happy with the income you are earning?
Your new reality
If you could make all the money in the world without limitations and barriers what would you do in exchange for that money?
Do you have an idea for a business that you can’t stop thinking about?
Do you notice a need for your business idea wherever you go?
Are you prepared to do whatever it takes to design the life of your dreams?
Do you have it in you to stand up for your dreams to your family, colleagues, children, friends and/or partner?
Are you constantly asked by the people around you to provide your product/service for them?
Have you been paid for you for your product/service before?
Are you struggling to balance your passion with your day job?
If you only had more time would you be able to throw yourself into your side hustle?
Are you prepared to work harder than you’ve ever worked before?
Do you have a strong sense of self confidence and belief?
How do you handle stress, problem solving and risk management?
Are you a confident communicator?
How do you go about asking for help?
Are you prepared to back yourself when nobody else will?
Will you take calculated risks?
Are you prepared to keep moving forward towards your goal no matter what comes in your way?