I will NEVER forget the feeling I had when I drove away from the band hall for the last time. It was basically the last step I had taken to become an entrepreneur. Obviously, it was really freaking scary, but at the same time…I felt like I was free.
Don't get me wrong, I had a pretty sweet gig as a band director. The school I worked at was SUPER supportive of the band program. The funding for the band was great, and I was allowed to purchase a ridiculous amount of high quality equipment for the kids to use.
Even with all of that, I never felt right at my job. I saw how passionate the other directors were, and I felt out of place.
Before I dive in to this list, it's important that you know I'm not telling you to quit your job tomorrow, even though I talk about working for yourself a lot on this site. One of the most terrifying thoughts for me is that M$M will create a bunch of “leap of faiths”. There's not anything wrong with that, but it takes a lot of planning and hard work to pull off what I've done.
That decision should not be taken lightly.
Here's three signs you're ready to become an entrepreneur:
You feel like you're suffocating at your job
This was the biggest thing for me, and suffocating is the only way I can describe the feeling (sorry if it seems too dramatic haha). Waking up every day with that feeling of “Ugh I don't want to do this” got old pretty fast for me. Even if you're good at your job, a lack of passion will keep you from being [email protected]$$ at it.
For me – not having passion was a disservice to the kids I was teaching. Me leaving my teaching job was just as much about making sure they had a teacher who would do ANYTHING for them as much as it was about starting my own business.
You're daydreaming about business like crazy
Beer brewery. House flipper. Even a pool company. Those were just three of the MANY business ideas that I thought about constantly. For whatever reason, I had wanted to own some kind of company since I was in college. The problem for me was that I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do!
**Fun fact – I actually came very close to starting a pool company instead of M$M. I spent several weeks during one of my summers helping a pool company owner I know installing heaters and cutting PVC pipe to see if I would like it.**
If you find yourself constantly thinking about the types of businesses you could own…it may be time to start your own. 🙂
The vision of yourself 20 years from now isn't right
Seriously – take a second and picture yourself in 20 years with the same job or line of work that you have right now. If it seems kinda jacked up and disappointing, that's a pretty big sign that you need to start hustling more for whatever it is you want to do.
Here's the thing I LOVE about entrepreneurship: It doesn't have to be full-time. Some people give me crap for this – but I honestly believe that every person that wants to should try starting their own business on the side. The worst thing that could happen is that it fails miserably. So what if it does? (Pay your taxes or it can ACTUALLY be bad and have real consequences!)
Business ideas don't have to be complicated. I'm obviously a gigantic fan of online businesses (especially for millennials), but there are so many cool ways to make extra money – and you NEVER know what they can turn into. M$M was something I started and worked on after I got home from work.
It's still just a blog…but who the hell knows how big this thing could get someday?
If you have a job and love it – cool. Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, and there are a ton of things that are a total pain in the @$$ that are never an issue for people with traditional jobs. If you're miserable and know that you need to be out on your own, stop talking about it and do something.
Questions for you:
What is your dream job?
Have you ever tried a side hustle?