Many people have the unrealistic dream of not working again…ever. Not me though. I love working on projects and developing new ideas and products. As an aerodynamicist for a Formula One team I designed and tested some pretty amazing things in big expensive wind tunnels. As my own boss previously I have designed numerous aerodynamic packages for race teams outside of F1. I’ve built up other businesses since including bike shops, wedding websites, and dabbled with starting a hosting company, an importing business and a classifieds website. Now though, I am working for someone else and I’ve decided it is time to change.
I don’t think I could sit still and not work. My goal is to develop a lifestyle that allows me to work on the things that I want to work on, the things that I am passionate about (which can change very quickly!)
This blog isn’t about quitting your job, nor is it about bailing on your current situation. We are trying to follow a process that will allow us to build towards our goals so that we have an easy transition into our desired lifestyle. You don’t want to just walk into work and quit one day, then try and figure out what to do the next day! Odds are you’d be throwing in a good job and before you can gather your entrepreneurial-self, other factors will dictate that you’ll need to get a normal 9-5 job again!
We should make the most of the current stability we have as an employee and build our desired outcomes during this time. There will be a natural “break-free” time that may be dictated by income or time factors that you are happy with. Our goal is to get to that point. It is the point where risk is limited and you will likely have the most success transitioning into your new role as Chief Entrepreneur of Me Industries.
5 simple things to be sure of before speaking with the boss and taking the plunge!
- Know that it is the right thing for you, not anyone else. You need to be 100% committed to this new adventure! If you are, it will be a very straightforward conversation and if your boss is human they will be happy for you.
- Make sure you have a plan and you’ve tested the waters (I’ve done this before, gained a huge amount of business and after I got all of that done – nothing for a while!)
- If possible, have some kind of backup plan, for me I have many local options that I’d be happy to do, not financially but at least I feel I’d be closer to my ideal working day (see Refocusing)
- Leave on awesome terms with your current employer! This is extremely important! You never know, you just might want to get back there, and not necessarily because things don’t go to plan!
- Be calm and ready to focus. It will be a huge amount of work (after you’ve spent the first week in your pyjamas). Be confident that you have a plan and that if you focus on getting things done efficiently it will help you to grow your new venture.