How to Make the Transition from a Job to Entrepreneurship

from job to entrepreneur

from job to entrepreneur

You wouldn’t love anything more than quitting your job and moving on to entrepreneurship, but you are not sure where to start.

I know the feeling, believe me. That was me for at least my last employee’s life.

So, how do you make such transition?

How do you go from being an employee to owning your own business?

I feel that my own experience can help you a great deal, and I feel that I can help you understand how and when to make the jump from being an employee to being your own boss, so you don’t hurt yourself like I did the first time I tried to quit my job to start a network marking business.


The Importance of Being Mentally Ready

Back in 2003, I was working as a trilingual legal secretary for a small law firm, when I quickly realized that it wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I was coming from the acting world to being married, and it was only when I got divorced that I had to find a job in a very long time.  that’s when I realized that I didn’t want to work for someone else. I guess I was an entrepreneur at heart from childhood.

I slowly became interested in working online, and at the end of 2005, I quit my job in an attempt to work full time as an online network marketer.

The only problem was that I wasn’t ready mentally and psychologically, so failed miserably, and eventually I had to get back to working a job.

I was very disappointed and emotionally devastated.

I didn’t know it at the time, but the odds were against me. In order to become successful, I needed knowledge that I didn’t have back then.

That knowledge is what I wanted to discuss in this post.


 Prepare Yourself Financially

Just this past week, I had a short conversation with two entrepreneurs. One was saying that she made sure she was fully ready financially to leave her day job, and the other was saying that he made the plunge right from the get go.

Both are very successful today, so to leave one way or another is not the problem, the real problem is acting before you’re personally ready.

For starters, if you have a spouse who brings an income at home while you can concentrate on your new business, that’s totally fine. Do that if you can.

But if you’re the lone breadwinner of the household, then make sure that you don’t rush into leaving your job, because if it doesn’t work as you’ve expected, you would be in a worse situation than you started with.

That’s what happened to me. But that’s one I’m the perfect person to help you understand this.

This said, being able to succeed as an entrepreneur takes more than having a plan and following that plan. It takes even more than stepping right into someone else steps who did succeed. It takes work and most importantly the right mindset.

Because, unless you have a success mindset, your attempt at being successful online, or in any entrepreneurship endeavor could turn out extremely difficult to pretty much impossible.

Here are some vital points that you need to check before you move into you entrepreneurship endeavor, so you don’t have to go back to a job a year later depressed and disillusioned like I was.

If I had known the vital points that I’m going to discuss with you here, I would have waited a little longer and been successful the first time around.

In my case, I had to learn it the hard. Because back then I didn’t know what was going on in the deepest part of me, otherwise known as my subconscious mind.


Understanding your Mindset

The most important thing that I didn’t know when I left my job in 2005 is that no matter what you do, as long as you’re not aware that you can sabotage yourself from the inside out, you might be wondering for years and years, why things don’t seem to work out for you.

That has happened to me and I’ve seen it happen to people time and time again.

Wanting to start your own business and be successful with it, is what you want consciously, but let’s be honest, what you want consciously and what you want subconsciously can be two totally different things.

This was exactly my case and the case of most of my clients and other people I know.

As I explained in my previous post on the subject, whenever there is a conflict between the conscious and the subconscious mind, the subconscious will always win. Because it’s our subconscious mind that runs the show.

In my case, I was carrying around lots of baggage I wasn’t aware of. I only started to truly become aware of my problems when I started studying personal development and the laws of the universe at the beginning of the year 2006.

It’s only then that I came to the realization that my subconscious programming was sabotaging my results.

If you feel that you’re stuck in your entrepreneurship endeavor, I would advise that you consult with a life coach if you can afford it.


Because if you don’t, it’s going to take you much longer to get a grip on your inner issues, get rid of them, and then start making real money with your business.

Think about it, it took me another 8 years getting lost in meaningless jobs before I was totally ready to make the plunge again.

At the time, if I had managed to save some money for a good coach, I’m sure my progress would have been much faster, but it took me another few years before I did hire a coach to help me with my issues.


Prepare your Exit while Keeping your Job

You can totally build your entrepreneur mindset while you’re keeping your job.

That’s what I did the second time around.

It’s totally possible to keep your job while you’re emotionally not attached to it at all. I’ve done that for several years and it’s worked great for me.

While I was working my job, I was building my success mindset and my entrepreneurship skills, knowing that I was going to stop working for a boss very soon.

I was working my job and my business while my heart was fully in my business.

I was building an entrepreneur mindset and didn’t feel like an employee at all anymore.

I made sure I wasn’t advertising the fact that I was still working for a boss on social media or anywhere. Not because I was dishonest, but because that job was just an extra cash option that I had at the moment, so I wouldn’t repeat the same financial mistakes I had made few years ealier.

But my mind, heart, and soul were in my business, and that’s what I wanted to show to the world.

And as someone who was by then knowledgeable in the subconscious mind programming, I knew how important it was to play the game of success, even before it fully appeared in my reality.

If you are still tied up to a job right now, but your heart is into your business, you need to act, think and breathe your business and learn how to put your job in a little corner so it doesn’t get too much in the way, especially at a mindset level.

So, when you are ready to leave your job, you don’t have to go from an employee mindset to an entrepreneur mindset. You will already be a full blow entrepreneur, mentally, by the time you’re ready to embrace your business full time.

Guide my guide for new entrepreneurs here!
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31 thoughts on “How to Make the Transition from a Job to Entrepreneurship”

  1. Hi Sylviane,
    What a joy to be here again after a while.
    Yet another wonderful life experience you shared in this post.

    I can very well relate to some of the areas mentioned in.

    A very good guide to follow who wants to enter into a full time business by quitting their 9 to 5 job.

    This transition period in the initial stage may be a tiresome thing but in the process it surely make you more free and independent.

    Thanks for sharing this informative and educational piece

    Best Regards,

    ~ Phil
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  2. Hey Sylviane,

    The transition is truly not easy. Making a decision to leave a settled job and moving towards uncertainty needs huge mental strength.

    Also besides being mentally strong, the financial preparation is very much needed.It is always better to have a backup of 6 – 12 months before quitting a job.

    Knowing your story is really inspiring Sylviane. Thanks for sharing. Take care 🙂
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  3. HI, Syliviane

    I wish I had this article 6 years ago. I had my first blog then.
    But I really did not know what I was doing, I stop after a little while.
    I can relate almost everything you shared in here.

    I totally agree that we must well equipped ourselves in two area before jumping into blogging world. They are financial and our internal states.

    There are many free plugins, free themes, and free management services, but only the premium versions of all these can bring your business to next level. The amount of money required is huge. In addition, it may need a few more years before any income are pouring in.

    Like everything in life, you must know that it is what you want both in physical sense and subsconscious level. The alignment of them determines the process in your buisness.

    Thanks for your sharing of journey.
    Will Share!

    Stella Chiu

    Will share!
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    1. Hi Stella,

      I’m glad you could relate with this post. I love it when I hear from someone who does, because if you do, it means that many people will too.

      The more prepared we are mentally and physically the more likely we will success in our business.

      Thank you for coming and sharing.


  4. Hi Sylviane!

    Every day I am thankful for the fact that I discovered making money online when I did, because I have to be honest with you, I don’t know if I would’ve taken the jump if I would have discovered it later in life. Especially if I had a lot to lose – like a well paying job, or I had a family that relied on my income. Looking back, I guess I’ve always been entrepreneurial, but I don’t know if I would’ve ever felt I was ready.

    Your advice is good and I am interested in learning more about the subconscious mind. I have learned a lot about myself through acts like meditation and lucid dreaming, so I know there is a lot to gain and understand, and a lot of power that comes from that.
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  5. Hello Sylviane

    You have narrated the issue very clearly and beautifully. being prepared in both mentally and financially is the most important thing when you are quitting other’s job for own entrepreneurship.

  6. Hey Sylviane,

    I like the fact that you pointed out that your conscious and your subconscious can be in conflict with each other when it comes to going from employee to entrepreneur.

    You definitely want to develop the entrepreneur mindset in order to be successful at your business. One book I always recommend is Noah St. John’s “The Secret Code Of Success” where he points out how doing affirmations can be a detriment to your success. Instead he came up with he concept of afformations where instead of making positive statements, you turn them into positive questions.

    This helps you tap into your subconscious mind and reprogram it. I’ve tried it and it works quite well and I think this would be a great personal development/mindset book to start with out of all the books that are out there.

    Thanks for sharing Sylviane! Have a great weekend!
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  8. The Importance of Being Mentally Ready for the transition from job to enternship. because without not prepare any work then we can’t do any work

  9. Your article is completely relates with me. Now I am working very hard to get success in Entrepreneurship. Now I am also working in a company as an engineer. But I am not getting self satisfation in that field. I am doing job only for money. I have started entrepreneurship by creating a self hosted blog as of now. I love to write on any topic I love. So, I choose blogging.Hope to get success in my blogging career. Here mentioned points are very usefull for me as I am follong the steps right now in my life you have mentioned in this article. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Sarah,

      I totally understand that and that’s why I’ve written my new guide focusing on people just like you.

      I hope you downloaded the free guide.

      Thanks for coming.


  10. Yes, it is a such kind of example for me and most like me all. I was very upset about my job. I don’t feel in relax in my job life because I can’t not handle my colleagues and work that’s why I am going to hell. Now getting your best tips I have got some technique and relief.

  11. I can’t thank you enough. The ideas you have shared here are really quite thought-provoking.
    Both your article and comments have generated some great discussions in my classroom.

    1. Hi Kallol,

      Well, thank you dear. I really appreciate your kind words. I hope you can share my post then, and if you know people who need help in this area let them know that I coach people doing just that.

      Have a great weekend,

    1. Hi Manu,

      Thanks for coming by my blog.

      I’m glad you enjoyed my article about the transition from a job to entrepreneurship. This is actually more useful today than ever before since more and more jobs are going to disappear within the 10 coming years. It’s time if ever to start our own business and quit our jobs. We don’t have to do it right aways, we can take our time, but I think everyone should start with a side business until they can be financially independent and then leave. As a coach I help my clients make that transition.

      Thanks for your input.

  12. Interesting article, but a very difficult thing to do. When one is very happy to make a switch from Job to entrepreneurship due to passion, at the other hand its not easy to leave a guaranteed income stream for the sake of dream. But if one know that even if there is failure, he/she can manage & come back strong, then entrepreneurship is the best thing to happen in someones life. many thanks for this write up… 🙂
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    1. Hi Santanu,

      The best way to do it is by starting while you still keep your job, and once your business is giving you enough confidence you can leave your job slowly. Some people go from full time to part time at that point, until they can leave.

      Thanks for coming by.


    1. Hi Nauman,

      I agree that it’s not easy to make the transition from a job to entrepreneurship, and that’s why so many fail trying, but that’s also why you need to have a HOW TO guide, and that why I do with my coaching. By the way, I am writing a book (a complete guide) to do just that right now. Make sure you subscribe to my list and you’ll be the first to know when it out.


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