I know it’s better said than done, but to help you continue down this path to success (and hopefully quit you day job) I’ve reached out to 8 amazing entrepreneurs who have successfully quit their 9 – 5 and continue to grow. I couldn’t think of a better time to share this advice than the start of my business blog! Below is some much needed inspiration and tips from these awesome entrpreneurs. And let me tell you, these pieces of advice definitely provide some much needed words of wisdom for those looking to build their business even further.
Full time entrepreneurs, what’s the best piece of advice you can offer to someone who is just starting their business and wants to eventually quit their 9-5?
1. Jessica Bledsoe
Everyone makes mistakes, but if you’ve found yourself in a bind and unable to meet a deadline, etc., communicate that with the client. Most people are understanding if you are the one to tell them whats up rather than making them ask you for an update.
Set clear expectations and don’t feel like you have to take every job that comes your way just because you’re “new”. Trust your gut, but also be open to opportunities that might open other doors down the road.”
2. Jayleen Magill
Just because you get to do it from home (or wherever) doesn’t mean you can’t hate your job. If you’re starting a business, make sure it’s something that you love doing. We’re all in love with the lifestyle of screwing the 9 to 5 … there’s so much potential for freedom around time and money.
But, it’s not worth it if the work that you’re doing to afford the lifestyle is something that you don’t like doing.”
3. Scott Wetzel
4. Jordan Beckvonpeccoz
More than anything else in my freelance journey, being persistent has kept me working and trying and innovating. It’s not quite the same as being stubborn, though, because that would imply a kind of pride and not being able to let go of things that aren’t working for you. It’s definitely important to be able to do that. Persistence more means knowing that you have to be doing this, or that you want to be doing this, and that even though you don’t always know what you’re doing, you’re gonna keep learning and trying until you figure it out. (Even if maybe figuring it out will never happen.)“
5. Barry Braunstein
6. Mark Mehling
7. Sophie Newman
8. Tim Miller
Managing and owning your own business obviously takes a lot more effort than a 9 – 5 job. You need to make sure you’re definitely passionate about the route you’re looking to take. Yes, the road does get tough at times, but when you’re doing what you love, it’s easier to push past the bad and strive towards the good. While being persistent is key, certain decisions can make or break your business. It’s important to remember to listen to what your gut instincts are telling you.
If you love what you do and are eager to grow your business further, get excited for a future where you can enjoy the freedom to work where you want, when you want, and on what you want… With some sleepless nights sprinkled in there for good measure, of course.
Did these words of wisdom resonate with you? Or have you successfully quit your 9 – 5 and have some wisdom of your own to share? Let me know below!