The typical desk job or position at a large company can be difficult and frustrating for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Far too often, ideas from these types of employees are overlooked or pushed aside in favor of more traditional pursuits for the company. For entrepreneurs, however, that type of response can be the start of something much bigger.
Many startups with some of the most innovative ideas were founded by people whose ideas were once ignored at their previous places of employment. Since these innovations typically fall in the same line of business, these startups tend to offer alternatives and even options not available at the larger, more established companies. The most successful entrepreneurs make the leap from employee to business owner by following some of the same strategies as the entrepreneurs who went before them:
- Think big: Instead of thinking about where a project will land a business in the next day or next week, broaden your perspective to where it will lead your business over the next few years. Where will this new project or idea ultimately go, and what new options or products could it lead to?
- Let go: Worried that an idea will not be successful on its own when Big Company Inc. turned it down? Fear can be one of the top roadblocks to successfully creating a new business, which means entrepreneurs have to learn to let go of fear in order to take the next step.
- Embrace setbacks: Sometimes things just do not work out. A supplier falls through, web traffic is down or a new product is not performing as well as predicted. Instead of falling back in defeat, understand that setbacks are temporary, and then tackle the issue head on.
Moving away from a steady, guaranteed paycheck to become the owner of a startup is a remarkable moment in an entrepreneur’s life. Crafting personal strategies around basic entrepreneurial strategies that have stood the test of time is an effective way to make the transition.