Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Melissa Gorzelanczyk of Peace & Projects.
“Don’t let me down.” -John Lennon
So you want to quit your day job and start a very small business?
Excellent. I’m a big fan of that.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- You’ll have to work really, really hard.
- You might not make much money at first.
- Sometimes you’ll wonder if quitting a corporate day job was the right choice.
- Your family might think you’re crazy giving up “a good job.”
Let me elaborate on that last point. My family is full of epic people. They have shaped my life and made me a better woman.
At the same time, some of them don’t fully “get it.” Here’s what I mean.
When I was an editor at the Green Bay Press-Gazette, my family was my biggest fan. They loved reading my columns. They loved bringing my magazines to show their friends.
The internet has stolen me away.
Recently when I turned down a time commitment, a family member said: “Come on now, Missy, you have the time. You don’t even have a job.“
Stop. What will you do with comments like that?
I’m hoping to prepare you in advance.
The truth is, that family member was *a little bit* right.
I don’t have a job … in the traditional sense. I gave that up in June to work and be at home. Making a liberated choice like that was a big step. I wanted to make sure it was for the right reasons.
Here are three ways I fully embrace the choice to quit my day job:
Remember where you came from.
The panic attacks I experienced? Gone, now that I quit my day job. Could I go back into a traditional job? Sure. I’ve already been there. At the same time, I don’t want to. I made the right choice for my mental health.
When you make a big decision, remember what led you there.
Surround yourself with people who DO understand.
You can’t expect everyone to “get it.” Focus on those who do – other freelancers, small business owners, bloggers, the love of your life. Spend time with people working on similar goals. Their positivity will give you momentum.
Prove yourself to yourself.
Word hard. Whether you are a writer, knitter or creator, you have to put in the time. Forget about proving it to other people. Prove it to yourself. Make things you are proud of.
When you focus on creating the most amazing small business you can, the proof is in the product. When naysayers speak up (they will!), remember where you came from. Then work on your goals, a little bit everyday.
He was right: You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
Melissa is the author of The Hybrid Homemaker: A Guide to Personal & Financial Freedom. She writes about living a simpler life by her own rules at Peace & Projects.