“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvatore Dali. Many have taken the initiative and completed the journey – from a career to entrepreneurship. Often, it makes a lot of sense, given the fact that a career helps you develop and cement some of the best aspects of life that will serve you well later as you make the transition from career to being an entrepreneur.
Consider the following points so that you too can make the successful transition from a career person to an entrepreneur.
A career helps you understand how businesses work –
A career often gives you perspectives that will prepare you for life as an entrepreneur. A career means you will be engaged with third parties, make decisions, manage budgets and people. It would be an excellent grounding for you to learn the ropes, so to speak. Once you have worked for a company or someone else, you will be able to acquire experience and expertise that always comes in handy when you start on your own.
A career will be a testing ground –
When you are working for someone else, you can always take risks and fine tune a product mix ; you are still using resources that do not belong to you. Not only will this be easily manageable but it will also give you an idea of launching products or services and managing their success. A career will also give you the leveraging needed to achieve bigger goals as you make the transition from a company executive/manager to entrepreneur.
A career will give you experience –
This is where you will cut your teeth – gain experience, understand what works and what doesn’t. This is where you learn the ropes and gain insights into what works and what doesn’t. You will gain valuable experience that always comes in handy when you are juggling everything on your own as a business owner.
A career will help you launch out –
Having been in a career, you know what a launch into entrepreneurship will be like. You have got the business side of it figured – not always easy but you have more confidence and capability in managing a business. A career will also help you to understand the little details and the finer points so that when the big day comes, you will be able to go out like a pro.
A career will help you network –
Networking is vital for business success. When you have built a name for yourself, it will always help you propel yourself into the orbit of doing great business. Having been in a career and established your credentials, networking with the right people will prepare you for greater success ahead as you make the decision to start on your own.
A career will help you see the big picture –
Remember that a career is always a great place not just to learn your rope but also to understand how the big picture looks like – so that you don’t get stuck in the details. Too many of us get bogged down in details when it comes to starting on our own.