Going from Employee to Full Time Business Owner

This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. As someone who went from the apparent “security” of a full time career position to the entrepreneurial lifestyle, I know this is a monumental move for people to make. It requires courage, confidence, faith and a great deal of determination.

It is not a process to be taken lightly but if you have the inner desire to do it and you have a passion for your business idea, I strongly encourage you to go for it. With a little but of planning and a lot of hard work, I believe any person can succeed by their own accord. The hardest part about making the transition from employee to entrepreneur is getting through the terror barrier.

Here are my thoughts on the subject (as always your comments are welcome and encouraged!):

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6 Responses to Going from Employee to Full Time Business Owner

  1. Ian Chiocchio April 27, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Awesome blog post Justin. I agree, it is a very tough transition, and I also agree that the rewards are plenty if it is done right. Props to you for getting back up, no matter how many times you get knocked down. That is exactly what it will take to succeed… getting back up more often than you’ve been knocked down. And thank you for sharing some of your mistakes, as well as your successes. Keep up the great work, looking forward to the next post!

    • Justin Popovic April 27, 2010 at 10:52 am #

      Thanks Ian. I love thinking about the scenario of getting back up after being knocked down…over and over again. I think persistence is probably the number 1 trait of entrepreneurs and if you think of yourself almost like a fighter who continues to get up after being knocked down, you can draw extra internal strength to move forward!

  2. Ted Payne April 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    Great vid man – love the honesty.

    For me it was a simple leap because my job was horrible – but I love the idea of having an exit strategy. Good point on mentors to.

    Want to save yourself a LOT of time? Find someone who is or has been wildly successful in the field you want to be and do whatever you have to, to pick their brain. Even if you have to offer your time or services for free – it is going to be worth it in the long run.
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    • Justin Popovic April 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

      Great advice for sure. I think this is a step that way too many people ignore but can have the highest paying off if you follow through. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Karen April 29, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    Great motivational video, Justin. A message that I needed to hear this morning. While my job isn’t horrible, it’s not what I want to be doing full-time and would love to devote all my energy to my online pursuits. Having an exit strategy is a great reminder to me so that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    I agree that it’s a change in mindset and we have to do the thing that we have to in order to succeed.

    Karen
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    • Justin Popovic April 29, 2010 at 10:45 am #

      Hey Karen. I’m glad this video helped out. I hope you are able to put together an exit strategy that helps you reach your true goals. I look forward to seeing your continued success on your blog as well!

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