6 signs it’s time to step out the comfort zone and start your own business

Time to leave your comfort zone

It is not everyone who has the courage and is dedicated enough to dive into this undertaking. In most cases, people do not take chances for fear of the unknown – which is directly related to the fact that leaving a stable job means no consistent income. Hence, these newfound entrepreneurs end up relying solely on their savings and their motivation. Unfortunately, it may well happen that the savings end before the business becomes profitable. On the other hand, the fear of taking the risk may be counterbalanced by the will to change: to start earning what you deserve, dropping the boring boss and perhaps acting in a more interesting area.

Be that as it may, the strongest argument for why people should opt for entrepreneurship, despite obstacles, is simple: life is short. We have little time in our lives to spend hating work, being depressed and wasting eight hours or more every day to earn a not very good salary. Since most of the demotivation tends to emerge in the work environment, it is worth paying attention to some signs that may already be telling you it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and start your own business.

  • You see that ideas aren’t valued

We all have ideas and would like them to be taken seriously and even implemented. The feeling of having contributed to something is incredibly rewarding and in the case of businesses, innovation is essential for survival. But when your boss dismisses your ideas or even laughs at them, you’re not being discouraged by insulting yourself. The problem is often we stop caring when this happens and we just stop giving ideas. Once again, life is too short and perhaps you should consider applying your ideas elsewhere.

  • You feel disrespected

Worse than having your ideas ignored is being disrespected by your superiors or colleagues. Although constructive feedback is a fundamental piece of any workflow, there is a time and a place for it. We all need to know what we are doing well and what we should improve but the problem is when your superior criticises your work in front of other co-workers.

  • There is no sense of appreciation

In order to be our best selves at work, we also need to be appreciated; we need to know when we are doing something good for others. Plus, appreciation is important in maintaining the motivation of a team. With a simple “thank you”, a boss can demonstrate gratitude for the work of his employees and thus motivate them to do better and better. Conversely, if your boss always thinks you’re “just doing your job,” it may be time to reconsider having such a boss.

  • A lack of purpose

This one may sound like a cliche but is the truth for pretty much all humans since everyone likes to feel like part of something bigger. When it comes to the work environment, it’s nice to know that what you did had a positive impact on other people’s lives. However, this does not always happen. Instead, what usually happens is that employees feel their time spent at the office is a waste. If this sounds like your reality and a bit more purpose at work is something you value, starting your own business may be an alternative. After all, when you go into your own venture you are free to associate your personal purposes with your professional life.

  • An uncertain, unpromising future

A good job must propel us forward, either through a promotion, the opportunity to acquire new responsibilities, learn something new or face new challenges.  Regardless of its “shape”, there must always be the possibility of making tomorrow better than today. The feeling of stagnation is very different than that of comfort or security – at least the latter has some positive aspects to them. If you feel stagnated at your current job, it is more than enough reason to brainstorm ways of making your future more promising.

  • No motivation to go to work

It doesn’t matter how good a job may be, most people/employees have moments of demotivation either caused by overwork, issues with a co-worker, or even personal problems. But when the eventual “ups and downs” become a reoccurring and uninterrupted “bad phase,” looking for a different line of work doesn’t sound all that crazy. After all, life is to short to remain unmotivated for a long time.