A lot of people in the workplace today say they hate their jobs And want to start a business, but the number is far few for those who are truly ready to make that jump from employment to entrepreneurship. And I believe that jump is an even a little bit harder when one is considering the path of a faith based business. Although many people romanticize about entrepreneurship, everyone was not cut out to be an entrepreneur.
Nevertheless, there are many people who recognize that mission driven entrepreneurship is the path to their career and purpose fulfillment. Fortunately, I believe there are at least eight clues to help people navigate the process of making a decision when they begin to sense that it might be time to make transition into business ownership.
1) Career ceiling – Does your current career path have very limited future potential? Although it may be something you enjoy or are very good at, will you have limited opportunities to grow in your job or at your company?
2) Creativity capped – Are you in a job situation that is limiting your ability to create, forcing you to operate within limited parameters, or refusing to acknowledge value-added ideas that you bring to the table?
3) Compassion and concern – Do you find yourself spending more more time on volunteer projects outside of work that gain more of your attention? Are you continually drawn to a cause or a group of people that pull on your heart strings and your desire to make an impact continues to increase?
4) Calling – Do you have a sense that you were meant for something significant and you continually feel pulled to do a different kind of work through a business?
5) Cash considerations #1 – Is your company paying you below your full value and could you go to the marketplace and get paid what you were really worth?
6) Compelling idea – Do you have a viable idea for a profitable business based on time spent doing research, developing a business model, and writing a business plan?
7) Cash considerations #2 – Do you have 6 to 12 months of living expenses saved up to help you through your transition? Do you have an alternative source of income to assist you in the inevitable dry spells?
8) Competent counselors – Do you have a group of honest and caring people around who have experience and wisdom going down the path that you are considering?
Taken individually one of these clues by itself is not a clear indicator that you need to transition from your job. However, if you answered most or all of these questions in the affirmative it may be time for your to consider a shift in your work life. I encourage you to plan the work and then work the plan.
Having been through this process myself many years ago, I highly recommend much prayer and much engagement with your counselors and support team. But if God is on your side and inspiring you to do this, you cannot fail!
As a chosen catalyst for those who yearn for a more purposeful, passionate, and prosperous life, Paul Wilson Jr., founder of Kingdom Business U., has been a champion for spiritual empowerment, economic advancement, and community transformation for more than 15 years. God has anointed him with a special gift to effectively teach the powerful connection between purpose and entrepreneurship. From school classrooms to corporate boardrooms to NFL locker rooms to villages in Rwanda, Paul consistently demonstrates his abilities as a powerful teacher, dynamic author, and small business expert to equip individuals and organizations to profitably achieve their missions. Learn more about Paul at www.paulwilsonjr.com