The main obstacle you will have to face when deciding to become self-employed is located within yourself. A switch from working for someone else to working for yourself requires not as much knowledge or commitment to take this huge step as burning desire to change as a person. Every business owner will tell you that the biggest challenge they had in their lifetime was the need for personal growth in order to manage the tasks at hand. This will require you to adjust your mindset, habits, routines and so on. And guess what? Many people are naturally resistant to change, even if they know that it is for the better.

In order for you to become who you want to be, you need to be the one whom you never was.

I saw this quote in Jack Canfield The Success Principles long after I started my own business. Looking back on my life I can say with great certainty it was spot on. I am not the person people knew before and it is not necessarily a bad thing. I might become a bit more serious than my peers towards the life in general because of the lessons I learned on my journey, however, I also gained the experience that I can draw upon in my other ventures. My childhood ended at the age of 15 when I became a part-time employee for design company. Yes, I might have missed out on a few nights out with friends. But, than you have to sacrifice something in order to get something.

Change is uncomfortable

People resist change for two major reasons. One of them is because it pushes them out of their comfort zone. We get so comfortable in the environment we create around ourselves that we resent any intention to change it even if our current environment might get us killed. That’s why fat people remain fat and couch potatoes remain couch potatoes. They simply won’t accept the change even if they agree that this is for their own good.

The other one is fear of uncertainty. When you engage in repeated activities, be it to go to work every day, receive a pay check, pay bills, you get used to things working in a certain way so much that you feel secure about them (you don’t think that the company might lay off staff at this point). But if a sudden change is introduced many concerns start to pop-out in your head. They usually start with ‘what if’, eg. what if my business won’t take off, what if my customers won’t like my product and so on.

The way out

To combat these emotions you have to accept that they are part of the process of changing as a person. By all means, take precautions when changing your life dramatically, as you would if starting your own business, but don’t let them stop you from pursuing your dreams.

I give you an example of what my friend did when he was just starting out to make money online. He first began working at the evenings and weekends - online marketing gives you this sort of flexibility. Once his business took off he quit his job and continued working on his business full-time.