79. From corporate job to business owner: 10 tips on how to make the transition.

10 tips on transitioning from a corporate job to being a business owner

I don't claim to be a small business consultant. I love career planning and coaching corporate professionals. However...from time to time, during the coaching process, a client will eventually decide they actually want out! When that happens, I share my knowledge of how I transitioned from a corporate employee to a business owner since I have personal experience of starting a business twice. I learned a lot along the way.

This is most definitely a one-off episode. So if you are curious about what I've done to grow my business, how I do it now, how it's actually going, the tools I use, etc.. then listen to this episode because I don't plan to talk about this anymore for a long time!

And this is the truth: I have a handful of clients at the moment who I'm sure have signed up with me because of how I managed to grow my expertise and start my business the way I did. They are doing a very similar transition (i.e., holding on to their corporate jobs until they are ready to fly solo!) in completely different areas, and I love coaching them!

Here is the question I have for you: Are you ready to be a business owner? Is having a business a goal you want to work towards, so you can achieve it in a few years?

In this episode of The Job Hunting Podcast, I discuss the following 10 tips I recommend to help you transition from a corporate job to owning your own business in the future:

My 10 Tips and Podcast Episode Timestamps:

  • 05:00 - 1. Let the idea “percolate” for a while!
  • 06:14 - 2. Validate your business idea before going to market.
  • 08:25 - 3. Have enough savings to support the first 12 months.
  • 10:16 - 4. Before you embark on being a business owner, learn how to take care of your personal affairs!
  • 12:19 - 5. Get help from the get-go.
  • 14:35 - 6. Even with all the preparation above, there are still things you won’t know how to do, and that’s where you should invest in.
  • 23:11 - 7. Get ready to get busy.
  • 25:26 - 8. Be careful whose advice you follow.
  • 28:47 - 9. Be careful how you spend your money, especially with vanity metrics or expenses that are not right for your business size.
  • 30:53 - 10. Be patient and be positive!

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Are you new here? If so, here is a bit about me:

Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also a virtual career coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach professionals in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you ready and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have…

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