This post is written in partnership with Canvas Credit Union. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you stumbled upon this post, you’re either curious about entrepreneurship or are brimming with business ideas on how and you should get started with a business. Maybe you’ve already laid the groundwork for your business endeavor. At any rate, welcome. You’re an individual with drive, passion, relationship-building skills, and integrity. You’re enthusiastic. You’re creative. You’re a go-getter. Best of all, your intuition is telling you there’s something more — something beyond the confines of a lackluster career. That was me, five years ago, ready for a change.
mindset is everything
Whether you’re itching to create an innovative product, start a bakery, or open a zero waste grocery store, remember that any successful business starts as a small thought — a crazy idea. The more you share your idea with supportive people, and the more you work on it every day, the wheels will stay in motion. Most importantly, know that a strong mindset and unwavering dedication will take you far. And of course, remember that failure is inevitable (but that doesn’t mean you should give up).
turning my side-hustle into a full-time job
After graduating as a health coach, I began seeing clients. I ramped up my business via word-of-mouth, my monthly newsletter, and social media. A few months in, I was making enough money to inspire a leap of faith. In turn, I left my tech job. While I would love to say that I dove head first into Wellness with Edie, quickly turning my side-hustle into a full-time hustle, that wasn’t the case. I experienced imposter syndrome. I let fear get the best of me. So, for the next three years, I slowly grew the health coaching side of my business while working a part-time job at a marketing agency. It wasn’t until this past June that Wellness with Edie took off. I left the marketing agency and became a full-time entrepreneur. If you want to hear more of my story, you can listen to my podcast episode with Canvas Credit Union.
Should I Quit My Job And Become An Entrepreneur?
Assuming you checked the boxes for the aforementioned ‘how to begin a business,’ it might be time to consider quitting your job to become an entrepreneur. The pros, of course, include: being your own boss, pursuing creative expression, enjoying a flexible schedule, buckling up for an unforgettable learning experience, and reaping the rewards of limitless financial opportunities.
The cons include: a demanding workload, financial instability (and pressure), having full responsibility of your business, the mental strain of making tough decisions, and more. For a full list of pros and cons, see here. It’s always helpful to make your own list of pros and cons before quitting your job to become an entrepreneur.
To read the rest of my post — including the best entrepreneurial resources, like books and podcasts — hop over to my feature on Canvas Credit Union’s blog.