Should you start your own business or get a job?

As you journey into motherhood, you will probably reach a stage where you either feel a need to reinvent yourself or simply go earn a buck. When this happens you may ask yourself: Should I start my own business or should I go get a job?

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It’s a simple question with a complicated answer.

Firstly, you need to ask yourself this:

Why do you want to make this change?

There can be any number of reasons why you’re considering your future career options. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck and unfulfilled and want to do something for you. Maybe you need an outlet for your own identity – one that’s separate from your children. It might be that you feel guilty that you no longer add actual dollars to the family coffers.

Perhaps you want some money to call your own, that you don’t have to ask for or justify. You might have a brilliant idea for a product you see is missing from the market, or a service you feel called to offer. Or as is very likely, you might just need more money in order to eat!

Whatever your reason, it is essential that you answer the following questions before you decide.

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Perhaps you want some money to call your own, that you don’t have to ask for or justify. You might have a brilliant idea for a product you see is missing from the market, or a service you feel called to offer. Or as is very likely, you might just need more money in order to eat!

Whatever your reason, it is essential that you answer the following questions before you decide.

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Both options have elements that will either work or not work for you, in your life. If you’re seriously considering starting your own business, answer the following questions.

1.Do you feel driven to do something with your life that has meaning for you?

2. Do you usually set long and short term goals for yourself?

3. Do you mostly achieve those goals?

4. Do you enjoy working on your own?

5. Are you a self-starter?

6. Do you own what goes right and what goes wrong in your life?

7. Are you good at blocking out naysayers’ opinions?

8. Do you like to be in control of the way you work?

9. Do you like your work to be varied in terms of day to day tasks?

10. If you ‘fail’ at something, do you tend to keep going or give up?

11. Can you afford to lose the money it will take to start your venture?

12. Can you afford to not make any money while you’re getting your business off the ground?

13. Are you willing to sometimes do tasks you don’t enjoy?

14. Are you open to learning new skills?

15. Do you believe that it is important to finish what you start?

16. Do you have the necessary endurance to keep at something even if the rewards are slow to come?

If you answered ‘yes’ to more than 10 questions, chances are you can hack it as a business owner. If not, it might be that you would be better off working for someone else.

But before you get just any old job, decide what your priorities are. For example, does the job need to be meaningful to you? How much do you want to earn? Are you prepared to put your children into child care if necessary?

If you haven’t already done so, you might like to take yourself through this free self evaluation quiz to help you make your decision.

Good luck everyone!

 

 

My youngest had just started school and I knew I wanted to work again, but I felt lost and didn’t know what I wanted to do after all those years as a stay at home mum.
Gabrielle helped me understand what I thrive at, and it became clear to me what I did and didn’t want to do, going forward.
I felt understood and seen as a whole person. Thank you.

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