The brutal truth about transitioning from job to self-employment

Society screws with aspiring entrepreneurs.    

Most people don’t start out with the skillset and mindset required to build a successful business.

We’re conditioned to go to school, university and then into a 9-5 job. If you choose to learn about business during this time, it’s generally from a senior management perspective or starting a small business, not a start-up in the 21st century.

When we come up with an idea or problem we want to solve, we expect it of ourselves to be able to quit our jobs and jump straight into building a successful company. That's trying to do something with the highest failure rate when it comes to career paths, without learning the ropes first. This is like throwing a child into the water and expecting it to swim. 

I speak from experience in saying that it’s unlikely that the career skills you have now will prepare you for building your own start-up if you’ve never had any experience in this field before. Working for yourself is a very different way of existing from working for someone else. And the skills required to start a business are different from working in an existing one.

So like with any new thing, the first step for getting good at starting a business is learning the necessary skills and then putting them into practice. Using the child in water analogy, instead of thrashing around aimlessly, learn the strokes that will help you to get to the side of the pool faster.

You can do this!

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