I know, I know. There are SO many people telling you to launch your business right now. You should launch now because... life is short! Because... you deserve it! Because... you're the expert!
But, are you ready? Is NOW the right time to launch?
I'm here to tell you that IT'S OKAY TO NOT HAVE YOUR DREAM JOB RIGHT NOW. It's okay to not have your dream job.... for right now.
Sometimes the timing is not right for your business to be a priority. Sometimes you have to pick up the pieces of the rest of your life in order for your dream to become a reality. A true reality that you can focus on, thrive on, and LOVE every minute of every single day.
My web design interest began about 15 years ago when I was in high school. I loved anything that had to do with computers. (My sisters literally called me an 'online addicted freak'. They were a little right. I would spend hours color coordinating AOL away messages and my AOL profile. And talking to my BFF across the country, Shelly!)
I knew I had to get my hands on some sort of tech-career. I had to find a way to take my design passion into a full-time job someway, somehow.
After high school, I went on to our local community college and obtained a degree in Web Content Development. It was a good mix of communications classes, combined with programming and design. I was in love. THIS is what I wanted to do.
I knew it. I was ready. I WAS READY TO LAUNCH MY BUSINESS.
I wasn't. I was 19 years old and thought I was the shit designing flyers and MySpace pages for bands and bars. For free. And for free drinks. And for one asshole who said he'd pay me and never did. I still remember his name...
Oh, and PS: I wasn't the shit. Although I had a BLAST doing it. AND I got to be an online radio DJ during this whole time. That WAS pretty awesome.
Anyway.... back to business. Or lack, thereof. I was 19 years old, thinking I was running a business. I'd get a couple bucks here and there, but nothing reliable. I knew nothing about design best practices, business etiquette, or anything in-between.
You know, other than my expertise from my jobs at McDonald's and Target.
I wanted this "business" because I didn't want to work retail anymore. I needed to escape the shitty hours. Because I wanted to prove to people that I could do this and be young, successful, and maybe even have something to show for it in my bank account at NINETEEN YEARS OLD. Oh, and my personal life was a shitstorm, too. And THAT is putting it lightly. ;)
Fast forward a few years and a few dollars. Literally, a few. I held jobs at both an insurance company for 5 years as a Business Systems Consultant (yay, tech job!) and at a small software business as a Project Manager (yay, business experience!) I went back to school and obtained a degree in Communications. Doing that AND working full-time was TOUGH. Don't ever discredit anyone doing online classes. I don't think I could go back and do it now. I'm falling asleep thinking about it.
My personal life evolved into something out of a storybook. I met my best friend and husband, Jason, in October 2008. We married in May 2012. I had a beautiful baby boy in June 2013. I was happy. Truly and absolutely happy. Finally.
Something was missing, though. I had a beautiful family. I had a cushy paycheck. And yet, part of me was craving something more.
It was my business. I NEEDED a business. Not because I didn't "want a real job" - but because this was truly my passion. I NEEDED it to become fulfilled both professionally and personally. This wasn't to escape anything. This wasn't to prove to someone that I could be something. This was because I needed to be HAPPY and I deserved it.
As you can see, it took me multiple attempts to really find the best place in my life for me to launch my business. Will there ever be a perfect time? NO. That answer is a big, fat no. You will have struggles, you will have people to tell you to not do it, and you will doubt yourself ten (million) times over.
No matter what, allow yourself forgiveness. Allow yourself to see the life that you deserve to live. Allow yourself to be happy. You DO deserve it.