How to Return to the Entrepreneur Path?
by Jason -- September 25, 2013
My ultimate goal is to start a company and work for myself. I’ve tried it once. It was awesome. It wasn’t necessarily successful, but I definitely know that’s the path for me.
The question I’ve been grappling a lot with lately is how do I get there again?
I’m married and we have a daughter. Quitting my job, living off of savings, downgrading our apartment and eating ramen for a few months no longer seems like a viable option.
Here are two seemingly valid excuses…
1. I prefer to spend my “side-project free time” with my wife & daughter.
In the past, my nights & weekends have been focused on side-projects. For the most part that side-project has been Unanchor. Now that we have an Editor that project requires much less work. It’s been great to spend more time with my family.
2. More responsibility than ever in my day job.
I was promoted to CEO a few months ago. It’s exciting, but it also makes it difficult to find time (or should I say prioritize my time) to do things other than the job.
The extra time I spend working at night or during the weekends, I like to catch-up or get ahead for the “day job”, rather than trying to start a new side-project.
This all raises some additional questions:
1. Am I really cut out to be an entrepreneur?
Perhaps I should accept that most people don’t work for themselves and it’s not a bad thing.
2. If I am serious about starting a new company, how do I get there?
Starting Unanchor, we lived off of savings and then Sharon, my wife, worked to support us. In our current situation, I don’t have the luxury of either.
3. Am I really just afraid to fail?
Unfortunately this post doesn’t really have many answers at this point. Hopefully those will come at a later date.
Thanks for reading. It’s therapeutic to write-out my thoughts. If you have challenges, what are they? Writing them out may help :-).
On a related note, I read this post the other day: If you’ve ever wanted to do a startup there is simply no better time than right now.
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