Do you work in a corporate environment? If so, you are keenly aware of the frustrations that can present themselves. Tolerance levels vary, but for some, a corporate work environment is stifling. In theory, such an atmosphere offers opportunities for learning, team interaction, growth, development, and increased salaries. Expectations of corporate positions are high, and should be, but that is where it gets complicated.
Once you’re situated in a department, the people, operations, and culture all show themselves clearly and you start to develop a sense of how and whether you fit. In an effort to make it work, employees often try to mold themselves to fit. Instead of personally growing and developing, you end up playing a game so that you can move through a corporate structure effectively and accomplish the goals expected of you.
So, what happens if you realize this isn’t for you in the long term? When do you pull the plug? I can relate to such questions. I remember when various corporate layoffs were announced and I secretly hoped that I would get the boot. It would have been painful, but it would have finally forced the change I needed in my professional life. Thinking back on it, this game plan wasn’t much of a career strategy.
If getting laid off has become a fantasy for you too, it is time to reevaluate your work life. There are obvious reasons to stay in a corporate position, including predictable pay and benefits, but if you want to start your own business, why should you venture out now? Here are six reasons to leave your corporate job as soon as possible and pursue other opportunities:
- Starting your own business now instead of later will yield significant benefits. Tony Robbins’ book Money: Master the Game makes a compelling case for putting the incredible power of compounding to work for you as an investor. Similarly, investing in yourself early and consistently potentially will create a more successful business over time.
- The time in your life is right to start your own business. If the timing is right, (e.g., you have good health, minimal demands on your time, less financial stress, good energy, etc.), jump ship. You’ll be set up and rolling when life takes a turn. When I left the corporate work environment, I set up a home office, bought new computers, and planned to start a business. I also had my son. Six months later, the computers had never been turned on, as motherhood became the focus. My timing was off until I could better focus on my business at hand. But if the moment is right, start now and you’ll be able to take the curveballs thrown at you later.
- Starting your own business sooner means you have time ahead of you to be flexible. Entrepreneurship requires constant learning from mistakes and course corrections. If your biological or business clock is ticking, you may spend your resources trying to force ideas to work, when new ideas or a change of direction would be a better option.
- Taking action feels amazing. Don’t deprive yourself of that experience. The safety of staying in an undesirable job can range from feeling fine to being depressing — but never amazing. People who discuss a move into the unknown say how scary it is with a grin on their face. It’s fear that is exhilarating. That’s when you know you taking a good risk.
- Fear is no excuse. On a similar note, is fear alone holding you back? If you have decided to leave and create a new career, but you aren’t doing it, then identify the reasons why. If there are no truly legitimate reasons not to go except for fear and doubt, then there is no better time than the present. It is unlikely that fear will disappear, until you walk right through it.
- Nothing builds confidence like doing what you say you are going to do. Confidence is key to success in business. If you decide to leave the corporate work environment and start your own business, start now and watch faith and self-confidence move you forward.
If you are unhappy in the corporate world, it may be time for a change. After reviewing these six reasons to leave, decide it if is time for you to finally take the plunge and pursue new opportunities.
Michelle Perkins is a member of the DailyWorth Connect program. Read more about the program here.