Small Business Owner: Making The Switch

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business-switchIf you are a regular reader of this blog, the chances are you are either running your own business, or thinking of making the leap to becoming a small business owner to make an income online.

This is (obviously) a subject close to my heart, and as someone who spent many years in the corporate world before making the jump to being self-employed, I thought I’d share my experiences with you in the hope it supports you as you make your own leap of faith in to the world of the small business owner.

Taking the jump

There are a number of things to consider before you walk in to your boss and announce that you are resigning, sailing away on a cloud of smugness and hope.

Before you do this, there are a number of things to consider…

Research your market

Before I left my regular job, I made sure that I had stumbled upon a good niche for my business.

It’s no good telling yourself you’re going to be a successful business owner, if the business you are opting for is already saturated with great people.

I’m not saying it’s not possible to carve a place for yourself in an already-full niche, but finding a gap in the market is important when it comes to supporting your decision to set up on your own.

Learn your trade

This may sound very obvious, but in order to succeed at your chosen new profession, you will need to be very good at it indeed.

Invest as much time as you can in personal development, industry training and learning before you make the jump in to your new field of expertise.

Qualifications inspire faith in people, but experience speaks even more loudly on your behalf, showing that you know what you are talking about and can be trusted to deliver to your customers.

Subscribe to every new resource out there in your chosen industry, to make sure you are an authority when you finally make the jump to your new job.

Run in parallel

While we can’t clone ourselves, unfortunately, and send one of us off to work every day, it is still important to set up your business while you maintain a steady income through your existing role.

Running your day job and new business in parallel for a while lets you learn how much projected growth and income you can expect, and identifies the right moment to make the switch over to being a full-time business owner.

Arguably, this is the time when you will be working your hardest, and it takes courage, energy and commitment to set up a business and make it thrive while you spend seven hours a day elsewhere earning a crust.

Try and get made redundant

It’s ideal if you can get made redundant and get a payoff before setting up on your own, to make sure that you have enough capital to carry you through the first few months of starting your business.

Have you made the switch to be a small business owner? How did you tackle it?

Are you thinking of giving up your 9 – 5 job?

Please share your views in the comments below. Thanks.

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32 Responses to Small Business Owner: Making The Switch

  1. Daisy September 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Loads of people are shifting towards online business and this is increasing the competition here itself also. So far i have seen that the percentage of people who really earn good income online is very less, so i think it’s too risky to jump or make a switch to online business. The points you mentioned are worth for anyone to analyze before making switch to full time online business.
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  2. TrafficColeman September 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Making that jump of becoming free from the work force, it can be an scary thing. My thing is to also research your niche and have faith that you can profit from it.

    “TrafficColeman “Signing Off”
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  3. Ryan Biddulph September 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    The 2 takeaways which resonate with me are to make personal development a priority and learning your trade.

    You need the proper mental tools to put your physical tools to work. With the proper mindset success comes with greater ease. Apply what you learn to earn.

    I did make the jump and the toughest thing for me to do was….to make the jump 😉 It was a leap of faith but I am happy to have taken the plunge.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

    Ryan Biddulph
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  4. davidchin September 14, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    I really wish that i can get out from my 9 to 5 job. But my online income is not enough to let me quit my day job yet. I took a website flipping course that promise a “guranteed income” this year, now I build niche blogs for others and sell it at flippa, I work very hard after office hour n during lunch hour but the income is still not consistent. I still cannot afford to quit my day job yet.

    Will your blog income course will help me to get a fulltime income?
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    • Andrew
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      September 14, 2010 at 11:21 am #

      David

      How long have you been working on your own business and also full-time?

      It took me 2.5 years before I could make the jump.

      Re: My blogging course. Yes, I believe it will help but it is not a “magic wand” course.

      We provide all the details of what to do and all the support you need but you have to do all the hard work!

      We offer a 60 day money back guarantee if the course is not for you.

      Andrew
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  5. Liew September 14, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    I wish I know how to come out from my corporate job, as the pay can never make me rich. I heard of people earn a decent income from online blogging, but I haven’t able to achieve yet, so I can’t come out from my corporate job yet.

  6. Rajendra September 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    I am an web developer, I am also working for developing my website in an free time. And the theme on which I am working is definitely little bit different one from the others. But my main issue is
    regarding content of website, as right now I can’t afford to outsource it. I was looking for an good partner for this.
    Could you provide any suggestion over this?

    • Andrew
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      September 15, 2010 at 9:53 am #

      Rajendra,

      Unfortunately, when it comes to writers..you only get what you pay for.

      You may be able to find partners via some forums.

      Andrew
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  7. Corinne Edwards
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    September 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Andrew –

    You are preaching to the choir when you talk to me about this.

    I have rarely worked for anyone but me for my whole life. But, there is one thing you missed here.

    I think entreprenuership is a gene you are born with. I don’t think you can manufacture it well as you go along. I think it comes down to the ability to take risks.

    It is like being a saleman. You can make someone better at it but no one can teach you when to come in for a close. It is an instinct.

    The test I would suggest to anyone thinking of going on their own is –

    “Are you constantly being critized in you present job of just doing “it” – whatever – without consulting anyone?”

    That is an entreprenerur in waiting.
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    • Andrew
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      September 15, 2010 at 9:56 am #

      Corinne

      You are right…RISK is a big factor along with drive, energy, imagination.

      Many years ago, I remember my Manager at the time saying to me, “Don’t ask permission…just do it. You can always apologize”.

      Great advice.

      Andrew
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  8. Anne M September 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Here’s my tip: marry someone who can support your family while you’re building your business 😉 Worked like a charm for me. Then, after the business was solid, he was able to quit his day job and go after his dream job (successfully, I may say).
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  9. Patricia September 15, 2010 at 4:58 am #

    Hi Andrew
    I got into blogging and hopefully will eventually monetize my blog and this will be my small home business; after I was told by my doctor I needed to leave my job due to ill-health. So I am highly motivated to make this work and while I am working my way through your blogging course I am learning heaps.
    I did my homework as far as my niche goes and I was blessed to be offered a place on a small business management course that our government runs and it was so helpful. I have a mentor who is a successful small business owner and I am being given heaps of good advice and support.
    Patricia Perth Australa
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    • Andrew
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      September 15, 2010 at 9:59 am #

      Patricia

      You mention an excellent point…surround yourself with a great team of experts…and NEVER be concerned about asking for advice.

      Andrew
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  10. Daniel Rose September 15, 2010 at 5:55 am #

    I think it’s possible to operate both a small business, and continue with your employment for a period of time, provided you’re excellent at managing priorities. The important thing is to keep both separate.
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    • Andrew
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      September 15, 2010 at 10:00 am #

      Daniel,

      That’s exactly what I did and your point about keeping them separate is crucial.

      I told my bosses what I was doing outside of work…so everything was above board.

      Andrew
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  11. Dennis Edell September 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    For bettwer or worse i am living proof of how important everything above really is.

    I had no time to do any of it. I was essentially forced home full time through bodily injuries.

    One of the few working full time, with not a full time income.

    I always did want to work for myself, and in the direct sales field…in the real world I was in the field my entire adult life in one way or another; it was/is my passion.

    i was not however, anywhere near going full-time on my own.
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  12. Ron September 16, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    Thanks for sharing. I actually have plans of retiring 5 years from now. I’m now building my own niche sites and building backlinks to it.

    • Andrew
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      September 16, 2010 at 10:10 am #

      Ron,

      You have made the biggest step – taking a decision.

      Plus the second one – making a plan.

      Good luck and all the best.

      Pleas keep us posted on your progress.

      Andrew
      Andrew recently posted..Amazing Blogging TipsMy Profile

  13. Viviana October 14, 2010 at 3:13 am #

    Hi Andrew, I must say that your blog delivers WOW. After blogging for quite sometime, I said to myself, what’s next? Building online business. Some people tried their own idea to build online business. Online MLM business is one of a kind that people often overlook. Just make sure that we join the right one and voila, we get good products and proven good system to run as our own business.

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