The age-old adage dictates that “if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life.”
While platitudes like this have some merit, finding a job that you truly love is a seemingly impossible task.
Even if you like your job, it’s likely that you’re not skipping to work anytime soon. Enter the idea of owning and operating your own business.
5 Signs to Start Your Own Business
Unfortunately, starting your own business is quite a daunting undertaking. For many, it’s not a realistic option. For others, however, it is the exact next step that they should take in their career.
Here are five signs that you may fit into the latter category – you may be the next successful small business owner.
1. Your Brain is Constantly Churning Out Ideas
Entrepreneurs have always been said to have overly active brains.
In fact, shutting off your brain may actually be a challenge if you’ve got the entrepreneurial spirit.
If you’re in meetings at work and you keep thinking of better ways to run the company or have ideas about innovative products or processes, this could be a sign that you’re ready for your own venture.
Many businesses grow out of ideas that are formed by people working for another company – they see a problem or idea that can be fixed or improved upon.
If you are constantly coming up with a new way of doing things, make that idea come all the way to fruition. Write down your ideas and try to move forward with the best one that you can come up with.
2. Work is Easy and You Feel Your Ability is Wasted
Most people are challenged by the work that they are expected to do on a daily basis.
Whether it is a physical or mental challenge, most employees head home completely drained after a workday. Some people can constantly cruise through their workload, however.
If you are one of these people, it may be time to find a new job OR you may want to maximize your potential and go out on your own.
Perhaps there is a reason for your day being a cakewalk – you may need to be in charge and driving your own company ahead.
If you can handle your workload and still have the time and energy to be productive, then try coming up with a business plan during your free time.
If you identify a potential product or service, approach a mentor or established businessperson and see if they agree with the viability of your plan.
3. You’ve Hit the Glass Ceiling
So you’ve done it, you’ve hit the proverbial glass ceiling at your company.
Regardless of the reason, it means that you cannot improve upon your current position at the company. If you’ve reached this point because there is no position above your current title within your industry, then you may want to consider stepping out on your own.
If you’ve reached the top of the mountain within your vertical, you likely have all of the experience and knowledge necessary be successful on your own.
Now, this doesn’t mean you will be successful, but you’ll never know unless you try. Put that skill and experience to good use, and try your own venture.
Remember what you’ve learned, and try to hone in on a specific area within your industry that could use improvement – or more competition.
4. You Spend More Time Working Outside of the Office
You head into the office early, leave at the end of the day, and still have work to do.
This doesn’t sound like the job for which you signed up. And the worst part is, you’re not getting paid extra for this work. If this is the case, you are a great candidate for running your own business.
You’ve clearly got the hustler’s spirit that’s necessary in the entrepreneurial world, yet you’re wasting your effort and someone else is reaping the reward.
Starting your own business will allow you to spend all of that time working for yourself .
Start off designing and creating a business plan during this time when you’re working outside of the office, and gradually develop it to the point where you can leave your job and work on this venture full-time.
If you’ve got the drive to make it work, things may definitely pan out for you.
5. Other Workers Recognize Your Abilities
Sure, many people think that they are the greatest thing to grace the Earth.
But, you’re that rare person who is being praised for their accomplishments within the work place, constantly. This means that you’ve succeeded to the point where other employees can’t help but acknowledge your greatness.
Now, it may be time for you to spread your wings and take that exceptional ability elsewhere.
Sometimes, affirmation from others is what makes us realize our true potential.
Until this point, we may be tentative and lack the confidence to try to make our own ideas become reality. If you’re great, try to extend this greatness into the entrepreneurial world.
Look and see what you’re especially good at, if there’s a market opportunity within that space, and try and develop a product or service that will meet that demand.
You’ve got several advantages when looking to acquire funding: you’re confident, reassured in your abilities, and you’ve got a number of professional references to which you can turn if verification is needed.
So… I guess now it’s time to ask the question: Are you ready to start your own business?