"According to research, self-employed people work harder, earn the same (or less initially), and are more stressed – but have the most job satisfaction by far, and are the happiest people.” – Fresh Living Magazine
I remember reading the above shortly before I resigned from my full time job, and dived into the abyss of the unknown. That was four years ago. I also remember being told from another business owner that the hardest decision is resigning from your full time job. If you can do that, you can do anything. As time has passed on, I do think I have grown a bit more daring and with each new decision I need to make; I’m a little braver, and a little wiser. But the fire that ignited it all was the birth of my precious son, Ethan. After my baby was born I thought about how I no longer wanted to be “owned” for nine hours a day, and my heart ached having to leave my precious boy at the tender age of 11 weeks old to return to my management role. The ambition to be more available, able to provide him with more, and potentially build a legacy to leave to him was all the motivation I needed to start my psychometric consultancy, Holistan. Since my business was conceived, I have never looked back. Don’t get me wrong, it’s certainly not easy. According to Absa Small Business, 62% of small businesses fail within the first two years. Those are scary stats. But for the 38% who do survive, it can be very rewarding. Here are my TOP TIPS if you have taken the leap…or at least seriously considering it!
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