I want to quit my job, I hear you say, you dream of being in charge of your life – well you can be without doubt.
Here are 5 key areas to think about before quitting your job, which by the way, I highly recommend doing with a plan and forethought, enabling you to create and #ClaimYourDestiny. Resulting in a fabulous retirement when and if you decide to on your terms, without relying on anyone else.
1 – Finances
Very importantly one of the first things I recommend you think about is how much money you need a month to survive and how many months money you need before you start to earn income from your new entrepreneurial self-employed career.
None of us can live on fresh air alone and we will need a roof over our head and food on the table.
I use the word survive deliberately as one of the lessons I have learnt in taking this journey is that my previous life was a materialistic overspending existence! What do I mean by that? I bought what I wanted rather than what I needed, I holidayed four or five times a year, I ate out at least once a week at expensive restaurants, and I drank coffee and bought lunch from retail outlets. That’s just some of the things that I have needed to rationalise.
There is a massive difference between what you need and what you want, working out the difference and how that will affect you is an eye opener and a reality check. I moved recently and with a new set of appreciations for money I have to say I was slightly bemused with my previous money habits.
On my first journey of self-employment (many years ago) an outplacement consultancy, I later went on to work with, advised having at least 6 months money behind you. It’s a good rule of thumb and will enable you to come from a place of security and safety when you are talking to other people about your new business, whatever that may be.
It will allow you to pay for networking events and some personal development may be required for your new adventure, in creating your own future art from the fundamentals of living.
2 – Skill Set
What does the ‘thing’ that you are going to do need from you?
- Do you need to be able to sell?
- Do you need to be able to create an excel spreadsheet?
- Do you need to be able to network?
- Do you need to be able to create or design a website?
- Do you need to be able to market yourself and your business?
- Do you need to do your accounts?
- Will you need to create video content, are you able to speak to the camera?
When you are in business for yourself everything is possible and sometimes we forget that things are necessary. Learning what you need to know before you start can save a lot of grief immediately and even more a year or 18 months down the line and you and your business will fly quicker and higher and brighter than others.
Look at any business and look at the departments that the business has and basically that is what you will need to do or get somebody to do for you.
The trick to being successful in business is to preplan your entry into it and be as prepared as you can be so you hit the floor running.
3 – Personal Development
Work out the personal development areas that you need to develop or want to develop before you take the leap into the entrepreneurial market. Your mind flow, as my partner likes to call it, rather than mind set is all important. You will find that working for somebody is very different to working for yourself. I expect many of the rules that you set yourself and work by within a job will go out of the window when you work for yourself, climbing and creating your own destiny.
You will find that working for somebody is very different to working for yourself. I expect many of the rules that you set yourself and work by within a job will go out of the window when you work for yourself, climbing and creating your own destiny.
Fluidity and flexibility adapting to a change in market adapting to your friends not knowing what you’re doing and possibly not agreeing with it, adapting to your Family possibly expecting you to work 9-to-5 as they have done and as you have been educated to do, adapting to not actually having to get out of bed in the morning and do the trip to work on public transport or in the car. All of these things need a different mind flow.
You are the mistress and master of your destiny, and the plan of your day and how you spend it – it’s fabulous and no boss to answer to just yourself.
4 – WWW Presence
In this century unless you have a Web presence you will very probably not exist in your target markets mind or vision. A huge amount of credibility is created by being found on Google and social media. Your customers will check you out (as do employers)
Buy your domain name and what I mean by that is your personal name.com.global.net.co.uk whichever one applies to you, but a good one. Not.XYZ although you might want to buy that to stop somebody else having it. And get a website built about you and the services that you provide. This website should express your values and your ethos of who you are and how you operate.
Once you have decided on your business name it makes sense to buy that domain as well – I know somebody who had 130 domain names because they couldn’t make up their mind on what their business or service was going to be! I don’t recommend that and things do change and businesses develop over time (I have a few domain names bought for future businesses, not the ones I am running now)
5 – Social Media
As part of a Google search, your social media profiles will appear as well, so make sure you have at least:
- Facebook both your personal and business name page and group
- Google plus
There are many more that you can choose to use, so pick the ones where you think your prospective audience hangs out. Even if you’re not going to use them yet, make sure you can get at least your personal name on all of them and your business name if you have already decided on what it will be.
If you are already on social media make sure that your posts do not offend or insult others. Everything you do when you are in business for yourself, especially if you are selling a service, Will be looked at and examined by others. Everything you post expresses your values and they will either attract people or not, the choice is yours.
If you are not currently on social media, get yourself on it and start acquiring a following. For some of you this will mean a huge shift in thoughts from, Social media is a pain in the rear and is a nosey, I have no need to let the world know my business, too, these are my marketing tools and platforms and the world needs to know about me and my business otherwise I won’t get any referrals. I have had a million £ offered to me via pm on Facebook, due to the fact that I was posting about my property business and no it wasn’t an indecent proposal before you ask.