I’ve been fortunate enough for the past 6+ years to be gainfully employed in the IT department of a mid-sized pharmaceutical company. I’ve risen the ranks from intern, to help desk, to infrastructure and server support. I’ve been paid well and treated well. And next week I’m going to throw it all away by resigning.
For about three years I’ve been growing my computer consulting business in my spare time. If you’ve followed my progress here on YFNCG you know that originally I had set a goal of 5 years to grow my part time consulting business to the point that I’d be ready to take it on full time. Right now I have a handful of steady clients, but not nearly enough to make a living. I’ve discovered there are over a hundred competitors doing roughly the same thing in my area. It’s hard work and I’m doing it without any formal business training. Yet in about two weeks, roughly 2 years shy of my original goal, I’ve decided to jump into doing it full time.
What would motivate a guy like me to leave a steady well-paying career-focused position in IT in order to run a business in a highly competitive market with uncertain income potential? One word…
I simply love working with people face-to-face to solve computer problems. I also love building and promoting things creatively. With my computer consulting business I’ll get to do both of these things. I’d rather pursue something I’m passionate about than climb the corporate ladder in the cookie-cutter fashion because that’s the safe and responsible thing to do.
Having a taste of what it was like to run a business, it was never the same going back to work in a cubicle. My output and motivation at work started to suffer because of that. I decided I was doing nobody any favors by “waiting it out” at my day job. It was time to make the leap.
Making this change will also give me the freedom to control my destiny. I wont be bound to the terms of an employer. I wont be at the mercy of downsizing or restructuring. My goals wont be dictated by the bottom line of a faceless corporation. I’ll be free to work when, how, and where I want. Sure, I’ll be at the mercy of my customers and bound to their satisfaction. I’ll need to focus on the bottom line in order to pay my bills and keep the business afloat. But that will all be a direct result of the work I do, and therefore light-years more satisfying than performing similar actions for another company.
Last, but certainly not least, this will also give me more time to grow this space here at YFNCG. I love how this blog has opened doors for me not only to learn from others, but to also share what I’ve learned for those just getting started in this field. I have big plans for this blog in the future, so please stick around and join me on this journey!
In the first paragraph I said I was throwing 6 years of employment away by quitting. That’s not really true. I’ve learned a great deal of valuable information in the corporate world that I’ll be able to implement in my business. More than that, I’ve made some lasting friendships that have and will continue to be important to me. I turn the page to the next chapter in my life with optimism and no regrets.
For those of you still doing this part time, what’s keeping you from making the jump? For those who have been doing this full time for a while, was it worth it?