Making the decision to leave corporate America isn’t an easy one, especially if it’s a job that pays well, has benefits and more. You have invested a lot in your education and training to get to this point. You have a lot of “skin in the game”. But people do leave and they leave for a number of different reasons – company downsizing, being ‘forced’ to leave, a loved one becoming terminally ill, going on maternity leave and deciding they don’t want to go back, etc.
Talk corporate America workers and you’ll find that most of them feel like they’re underpaid, overworked or not appreciated. And again, most of them are extremely unhappy in their jobs. They talk about how they are not living the lifestyle they want, they don’t have enough time with family and friends and that they want to do something they have passion for. Usually if the beginning you are very excited and have lots of passion for the job you were hired to do, but over time, that passion wanes or disappears all together.
This unhappiness and the desire to have more flexibility to live the lifestyle they want, leads to entrepreneurship and building an online business. People leave corporate America to pursue entrepreneurship.
As mentioned above, it can be hard leaving corporate America especially if the job pays well. A lot of times our lifestyle keeps up with our paycheck making it seem impossible to get out. But most people have come to realize, and this is especially true as people get older and begin to realize just how short life really is, that money isn’t everything. And while money isn’t everything, keep in mind that entrepreneurship and starting your own online business actually gives you the opportunity to earn more than what you can working at a job because you get to set your prices, give yourself raises, etc.
People leave corporate America to start their own business because they want the freedom and flexibility that having an online business can provide. Not only does it give freedom and flexibility to spend more time with family and friends, but it also has the potential (depending on how hard you work at it to make it financially successful) to provide financial freedom to live a certain lifestyle – traveling, owning a vacation home, buying a house, etc (whatever the lifestyle you wish).
As you can see, there are definite benefits to leaving corporate America behind and venturing out on your own. Yes it can be risky, to leave the comfort of a corporate job that offers steady pay and reliability, to jump into entrepreneurship but many people choose to do it build an online business. And not only do they build that business, but they are successful at it. It can be done! You just have to weigh the options and decide whether leaving corporate America and starting your own online business is right for you, your family and your family’s needs. Only you can make that decision.
There are many skills that you have gained in corporate America that are directly transferrable to entrepreneurship. The blog post, 5 Skills In Corporate America That You Can Translate To An Online Marketing Business, gives examples of 5 skills that you can use as you are transitioning to an entrepreneur.
If you want real life inspiration and advice for starting an online business, you should read “Leave the Corporate World Behind”. This book tells the stories of people who have left corporate America for an online business.