Making decisions is an important part of business. In fact, the decision to become an entrepreneur is usually one of the most difficult decisions an individual can make, when moving from the “corporate” workforce.
I have had many people ask me how I made the decision to become an entrepreneur, and my answer is always that I simply felt no job out there ‘fit’ what I wanted to do in life. I had worked in various companies and been very successful, however I was not completely fulfilled nor did I feel that I was expressing my passions in life.
How to Make the ‘BIG’ Decision to Become an Entrepreneur
So how does one make the decision to become an entrepreneur? Along with my own suggestions, I have found a number of articles online that I feel can help you on your path to making the ‘big’ decision to become an entrepreneur. The fact that you are reading this article means that you already express an interest in this field, so read on for great tips and resources:
The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur’s article, “163 Ways How to Become an Entrepreneur”
I found this article to be an excellent resource – these tips are quick and to the point, and very on target for what is needed to become an entrepreneur. Some of my favourite tips from this article include number 1, 3, 6, 9, 10, 33, 45, 58, 64, 84, 92, 118, 154, and so many more! Definitely a recommended read.
Small Business Canada: Thinking of Starting a Small Business?
Susan’s article has some great questions you can ask yourself in order to help you make the decision if entrepreneurship is right for you. She also includes links to a self-assessment and quiz you can do. Though there is merit in these types of quizzes, I am a solid believer of the power of intention, and urge you to consider these quizzes and any others as a guide for your decision – not a mandate. You may simply realize that you may not be quite ready to make the move, but don’t let that discourage you – instead consider it an opportunity to do some more soul searching to find your true passions is life.
Small Biz Bee: How to Decide to Quit the Day Job to Start a Business
This article is great because it really goes into detail about what is involved with the decision regarding quitting your day job. Though being an entrepreneur is amazing, challenging, liberating, and can most certainly be FUN (amongst the hard work of course), it is absolutely not an easy decision to make. This article goes through more of the emotional aspects of the decision, weighing the pros and cons, and I found it a very interesting read.
Why Become an Entrepreneur?
So why would you decide to become an entrepreneur? The following articles list a number of great reasons to make the decision to tap into your passion today:
Canada Business – 5 Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur
This article is quick and to the point, and whether you live in Canada or elsewhere, the reasons are just the same, and really the possibilities are endless!
Small Biz Bee – 5 Qualities of a Good Entrepreneur
Another great article from the Small Biz Bee website – this time regarding the qualities of a good entrepreneur. These 5 Qualities are excellent – taking risks is definitely something you do when in business for yourself, and time management and motivation is key. You are now responsible for your own success, your own boss, and you have no one to thank for your success but yourself, so why not make the most of this experience?
Lastly, I recommend you follow @tweetburst, for motivational quotes for entrepreneurs every day to get you going and keep you rocking all throughout the week!
Apart from the articles I have recommended above, my personal suggestion to you is go for it! Make sure you do your research, see if you’ve got what it takes to go solo, and if you feel a drive to be more than what you’re doing right now, pursue that dream and open yourself up to the many opportunities that await you. If you’ve made the decision to become an entrepreneur, know that it won’t be easy, you’ll probably get discouraged and face many challenges along the way, but you will also face success like you’ve never known before because this time it will be YOU running the show. Good Luck and enjoy the ride!