Post # 1
I am at a crossroads in my life and I need help figuring this out. This is going to be long.. Sorry!
A year ago I started a small business selling pet supplies and it has grown so much. The amount of time I spend on this business is equivelant to a full time job.
I also have a regular full-time job. I am currently making alot more with the business than I do at my real job (twice as much).
So here comes my problems.. With spending all of my time either working my real job or taking care of my business, I have zero time to do anything else. I hardly ever cook, I don’t exercise, I don’t take care of my house the way I should.
I had a physical done this past month and I was diagnosed with diabetes, I have high triglycerides, high blood pressure, among other things. My doctor put me on 4 medications and insists that I eat right and exercise.
So I need to make some changes in my life. I either need to quit my job and just concentrate on my business, or I need to pull back from the business to make time for other stuff. I am really scared to quit my job, but I feel like my health is more important than the money I am making by working my job and doing my business.
So I was wondering if anyone has any advice, or reassuring words to help me figure this out.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
@mandanjoe: Definitely give up your full time job and go for your own business! It’s a huge risk to take, and obviously something that you are naturally feeling nervous about, but people have obviously done it in the past and been successful, so why can’t you too? You already said that you are making more with your business than at your full time job, so what’s holding you back?
Post # 4
@beetee123: Hi, thanks for the reply. I am just nervous that the business with fail.. and I’m also nervous about losing my guaranteed income from my full-time job. My husband and I also want to buy a house in the next year or so and quiting my job might delay that.. Ugh!
Post # 5
If you are making twice as much at your business, I feel like this is a no-brainer. QUIT! As someone who went full time on my own business this fall, I can totally sympathize with the scary factor of it all. Health insurance costs intimidate me, and DH and I will have to do that starting in January, which I’m not looking forward to. But overall, I feel like I learned the best lesson ever: It’s never the perfect time.
I kind of think of my experience like playing on a merry-go-round. You have to run like heck alongside to get it going, but at some point you just have to hold your breath and jump on if you want it to keep going. You can’t run alongside forever.
Plus, you’ll be able to focus on your health and getting the diabetes under control/eliminated.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
@mandanjoe: I understand the worry, but sometimes it is so worth the risk, especially since you are already set up for the most part in your business and know that it has been successful thus far. You will never be 100% comfortable in the fact that people will continue shopping at your business in 1 year, 5, 10, etc. because you just never know. Just like you never know if you will get laid off from your full time job tomorrow.
You are right about the house thing, but I think it is a bit different as long as your husband has been in his current field for a few years. I think if you’re a business owner you have to prove that you’ve been in business for a certain amount of years for your income to count, so you may have to buy a house based just off of your husband’s.