Should I Stay or Should I Go?

How do you know it’s time for a career change?

And should you look for a different job? Or should you become your own boss?

There are no easy answers to this increasingly knotty issue. But there are a lot of women who have gone before you. You can learn from our experiences and mistakes (speaking for myself).

Contemplating a Career Change

There are so many dimensions to contemplating career changes. And the consideration to start your own business is just not right for everyone. It’s critical to understand what is your unique highest and best good. Other people may try to tell you what’s right for you. But only you can know in your heart if there’s a fit.

First, why are you thinking about pushing the eject button from your current job? Do you have a skill, or ability, or product that is better than what’s currently available? Leaving because you’re unhappy? Your ‘misery score’ ought not to be the only factor. But ofttimes it is. Still, it’s better to use OPM (other people’s money, as in a salary for someone else) to fund your exploration than to burn through your own nest egg, as much as possible.

There is SO MUCH you can do while still working full time that will save you – I promise! – time, money, and aggravation down the road. You can educate yourself to start.

Do you know what you are great at? What kind of environment you thrive in? Do you understand what you need to work most productively and fulfillingly?

Successful Career Transition

Second, there are many dimensions to becoming your own boss. Do you know the factors that are keys to a successful transition? (Try our free Quiz to find out how ready you are to be an entrepreneur: Are You Ready to Be a Corporate Fugee, as a starting place. The questions it asks will give you helpful insight into some things you may not yet have considered.) Maybe you prefer instead to become a freelancer or contractor than to wrestle the myriad details of being a business owner. Or perhaps that is merely a step on your path to launching a business you LOVE.

My point is – it is a journey. It is a longer journey than you expect it to be. And it begins with a single step. How about taking that step to learn more about yourself? It will provide you helpful insights no matter what your next step might be. And it may save you untold heartache down the line by preventing a wrong turn.

And the great news is that you don’t have to go on this journey all alone! Our Corporate Fugees community is filled with women at every stage of deliberation. We love to share our experiences and support new sisters on the journey. If you are curious, come hang out in our private Facebook group Corp Fugees Tribe Wise Women’s Circle. Click the name to learn how to join. It’s a great first step.

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