Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Sumitha Bhandarkar.
Admit it — every time you have a conversation with friends about successful entrepreneurs, you secretly daydream that someday they will be talking about you.
Sure, you’re currently in a regular job just like them, but you know you are destined for more.
You feel it in your guts that someday you will break out of the shackles and strike out on your own. You will find a way to turn your dreams and brilliant ideas into a spectacular success that people can’t stop talking about.
Is it time, though? How do you know when to give up the comfort of your regular job and take the plunge?
I wrestled with that very question for two years. And then, last month, I gave up my promising career with a six figure salary to start something on my own. It was without a doubt the hardest decision I’ve ever made.
And I haven’t looked back.
The thing is, you can never be 100% sure it’s going to work out. There’s never going to be a perfect time to quit.
What you can do however, is take a long, hard, look at those who have tried this before you. And notice the subtle differences in how those who are successful at striking out on their own approach this decision compared to those who fail. These differences raise some important questions. If you answer them honestly you’ll have a clear idea of whether it’s time for you to strike out on your own, and if not, what you need to do to get there.
Ready to give it a try?