I Quit My Job at 29 to Start A Business
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I quit my full-time Job at 29 to start an online business.
I didn’t have a big startup idea or investors. I had zero knowledge of how business works as nobody in my family was into business. Everybody thought it was a big mistake and I was going to fail.
Was I prepared for the risk? Was I sure about my business idea?
No. Not at all.
I lost the 2 freelance clients I had due to the pandemic and had a tough time finding new ones.
Initially it was tough.
I panicked when I didn’t get the salary notification at the end of month. I was working for the last 7 years without any gap. I was addicted to the salary.
I was addicted to spending, buying things I didn't need to impress people I didn’t care about - that loop.
My wife and father were working, and we were not in a financial crisis, so I left the desperate search for a job.
I took a break.
I focussed on learning something new and building my personal brand on LinkedIn, Website.
I had no idea how things would work out in future. But, I was very confident that if I build my skills, it’s going to be worth it.
But, It was tough at times. There were dark days when I felt nothing was going to work out.
I got immense support from my wife, who stood there with me supporting me at every step. Couldn’t have done it without her.
After consistently working on my skills and personal brand for 6 months, I started getting the offers I was looking for as a Consultant & Trainer.
Let’s go back to the question - why did I quit my job?
1 - My biggest motivation was Freedom. Freedom to work, not work, travel, and spend time with my family at my will.
I didn’t want a boss. I didn’t want to report to someone or apply for leave and justify my reason.
2 - I was fed up with petty office politics, my arrogant boss, travelling 2 hours per day, and working 9 hrs a day for someone else.
3 - I had worked for 3 years as a freelancer with premium clients in parallel by working on weekends and after office hours. I had also started consulting & training.
4 - I knew that my knowledge and experience was valued in the industry.
5 - Starting a business doesn’t always mean having a team and office. It could also mean working independently and monetizing my skills.
In the last few days of working at Office I started questioning myself:
- Why should I travel for 2 hours daily when I can WFH?
- Why should I work on ideas that I know won’t work?
- Why do I need to be in long meetings unnecessarily?
I analysed the whole situation & realised
- I had already started a business while working (freelancing)
- I had built new skills (sales, negotiation, maintaining client relationship)
- I had proof that I could get work and survive alone
- I was addicted to the salary at month-end for 7 years. But I was making enough to survive from my side hustle.
It was clear.
I didn’t need a full-time job.
I needed to believe in myself and take the leap of faith.
Today, after working independently for 3 years I feel quitting my full-time job was the best decision I ever made.
Currently, I have 2 onlines businesses and a team of 30 people who work remotely to support the work.
1 - GrowthDish - A niche digital marketing training and consulting company focussed on helping beginners start a career in online marketing. We have trained 5000+ people so far in our flagship 28 Days Digital Marketing Workshop.
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2 - Zoringa - A content marketing company focussed on delivering high quality seo focussed content to onlines businesses helping them build an authority online presence.
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Should You Quit Your Job ?
That’s a tough question to answer. It will completely depend on your circumstances, experience, skill sets and your faith in yourself to start working independently.
If you really want to quit your job and start on your own, I suggest you take it slow.
Start working on something in parallel and keep building your experience. Gradually you will get enough confidence to make the decision.
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