Remember when you were a kid, and you’d play grown up? You’d pretend to go off to work, one day a pilot, the next day a business person, the third day a baker. There was no limit to our imagination back then. The future was bright, and we could be whatever we wanted to be. Somewhere along the line, real life took hold; and now it’s 30 years later, and you’re feeling stuck and bored in your 9-5 job. This is no way to live. It’s time to get back to your childhood and start exploring new career opportunities. Now is when you need as many tips for entrepreneurship as you can get!
Tips for Entrepreneurs
When you’ve dedicated most of your professional career to one industry, sometimes even one company, it can be hard to imagine starting over in a whole new industry. Don’t accept your fate in a less than desirable career! Give yourself time to explore other options without doing something drastic like standing up in the middle of the office and yelling “I quit. Who’s with me?” These types of antics only work for Jerry Maguire; rarely do they work out in real life.
In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Life coach, career expert, and CEO of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises, Stacia Pierce, give some great tips to dipping your toes in other career ponds without leaving your current pond or taking out a second mortgage on your home to finance an independent business opportunity. When you head home from your mundane and unsatisfying job, go to the arts and craft store and pick up some supplies. It’s time to get a little creative and see if you are better suited for new ventures.
Don’t be scared; the worst that could happen is that you find out you’re perfectly happy and comfortable where you are, but at least you’ll know you took the time to explore other options.
Exploring a new career
According to Pierce, you need to give yourself two weeks to explore a few new careers. All you need is a bunch of colorful file folders to start. Let your imagination go, just like when you were a child.
On each folder, write down an area in which you are interested. It can be something opposite from your current career, or it can be niches within your industry that you are interested in exploring or being able to focus on more. Don’t be shy. If you get a little tickle in your stomach every time you hear that we’ve landed a probe on Mars or Jupiter, go ahead and write “space exploration” on one of your folders.
For the next 14 days, gather as much research and information as you can on each area and fill your folders with everything you find. Pretty quickly, you’ll see that you are more drawn to one area than another. If you get bored researching an “interest,” let it go. If it’s your true calling, you shouldn’t be bored within two weeks.
When you can feel your interest grow as you research one of your folders, start by exploring means of turning that interest into a profitable business. How can your interests become a business venture?
All of this is something you can do while still working your day job. If at the end of the two weeks you still can’t let one folder go, take it one step further and start talking to your friends or family about your ideas for a new entrepreneurial adventure.
By the time you are done exploring, you may already be well on your way to writing up a business plan and turning your newfound interest into your dream career, but you have to do your homework first. Starting a business isn’t easy. Make sure you head into your new independent business venture with insight and purpose.
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