Post # 1
We’ve recently moved country, to a small touristy town with very little career-building potential – although that was never top of my list because I have always wanted my own business.
I feel I am ready to start my own business and I feel that there is a market for the services I will be offering. The question is, am I being too hasty having just emigrated? Is there a good or bad time or is it something you just have to take the plunge and do? I really want to get it started before I have kids, which we’ll start thinking about in 6-12 months.
I am currently working two part-time jobs. One which is bearable but requries me to work on a Saturday, and the other which is an admin position, which is not very challenging to say the least and I am bored out of my mind, nevermind spending an hour of my day in the car getting there.
The fact that I’m getting a decent day’s wage makes me get up to go to work. But I honestly feel I am wasting precious time. If I quit the horrible job and just keep the bearable one so I have half my stable income, I could be better using my time. But would I be jeopardising getting my business properly up and running and successful being half in and half doing another job?
Anyone who has taken this plunge please let me know how it worked out for you?
Post # 3
@1_year_in: I think it might be helpful to know what kind of a business you are referring to. If you plan to do freelance photography, working on it parttime is fine. If you plan to open a restaurant you probably need to do that full time.
Post # 4
I recently started my own photography business. It takes a while to get going and you definitely needs stable job to support yourself. I’d suggest taking the plunge now while you have two jobs because a) you don’t know how it’ll work out and b) it takes a while to get things set up and ready. I guess it depends on what kind of business you’re looking at starting though. Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
I’d like to start a branding agency (small scale) – so my concern is that if potential clients contact me and I’m at my other job I won’t be able to get back to them immediately and I worry I will be starting off on a bad note with clients. Although, I don’t know how quickly I will get clients, so maybe it’s best to start off as a freelance type person and do small basic jobs then gradually grow to the point where I am confident it is a stand-alone business?
Post # 6
@1_year_in: I know this was two weeks ago, but I saw you didn’t have a reply, so I figure I would add my two cents! I think you should keep the job that is bareable, but quit the other one to focus time on your business. I also think having just moved to a new country is fine because you’re not all wrapped up in a full time job or anything else at the moment as long as you are able to get the funding for your new business if need-be. I don’t think anyone will think anything differently of you if they have to leave a message for you to return later. Just have a professional answering machine message. Most people will assume that you are probably with other clients. I think you’ll be fine as long as you get back to people within 24 hours of their call.
Post # 7
@1_year_in: I strated a company just after moving. I donno if it was the best thing to do as we don’t like where we are living and I don’t feel like moving the company :/ Has it worked out for me, currently – F**k no. But a branding company seems easier to move and seems like it would be a lower monitory investment. If you’re serious about it quit the job you hate and start your company. Once you have clients you can quit your other job.