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Employee Mindset vs Entrepreneur Mindset

As an employee, you are likely required to spend a good part of each day performing some function that the company you work for finds valuable. Companies pay for the skills you either came to that company with or, learned on the job.

Did you ever think that your skills could be valuable to others as well? Have you ever considered finding a way to earn a living on your own?

An online business is a great way to get there – and, you can start while you’re still working.

If you’ve explored the possibility at all,  I’d be willing to bet that you found an overwhelming amount of information – so much, in fact, that getting clarity about how to get started was almost impossible. I will even go so far as to say that you saw lots of offers about the time and financial freedom an online business can create for you. It’s very enticing.  At least it was to me when I started.

When I started down that road, it was difficult to resolve the difference between the employee mindset vs entrepreneur mindset. The transition requires a different way of thinking.  Consequently those employees who dream about it do just that and never take action to realize it. Perhaps because it’s scary to think of ‘giving up’ that regular paycheck. It might be because you don’t want the freedom that an online business offers bad enough – or, maybe  you just don’t know how to get there yet. 

The excuses will just keep you stuck right where you are. Of course, if you are happy with where you are, then you can stop reading this now. For those who want something better, the first step is to begin accepting that your thinking has gotten you what you have today – and, if you want something different, you have to think differently.

Start Where You Are

When you are an employee, you eventually become comfortable with a regular paycheck… your standard of living depends on it. If you’re conscientious, you work hard for that paycheck and focus on doing your job. The state of the company is not your concern. You probably have some other benefits, like health insurance and paid vacation, etc.  It might seem risky to ‘give up’ all of that to strike out on your own. Personally, I felt that myself, so I get it. It may not have anything to do with whether you like your job or not. For me, I really liked what I did but looking back on my career, I realized that I’d truly given my time to a faceless corporation. Nothing against the company – I was just tired and felt that my skills should be able to bring in a sufficient income on my own. 

Oh – does the idea of breaking free from your job scare you?  

Well, here’s something really scary – that regular paycheck is not certain. You are lying to yourself if you think it is. Taking control of your life is something most people choose not to do – because it’s scary.

Creating a new habit – thinking a little differently – requires that you figure out what it is that you really want – and, why. Not what every body else thinks you should want – but, what you truly want.  Keep asking yourself why you want whatever you write down until you can’t answer the why question anymore. Get deep down why you want to break free from your job and create an on-line income. 

Build A Bridge

So, how can you overcome the scary? Think about this:

1. Make a list of your strengths – the skills that you use in your job – or, a hobby – or just things you like to do.  Write them down.

2. Do some research online. Don’t skip this step. Check for others who have some of the same strengths you have. Keep track of the different websites you find that interest you. 

3. Identify something that has lots of competition and that you have some passion about. This is the first major decision you have to make. Without knowing this, you will likely never get anything done.  This will provide the clarity you need. When I got started, I didn’t figure this out for a long time and I spun my wheels without getting anywhere for several years.

The Dream Is Possible

Becoming an entrepreneur requires thinking like a business owner, not an employee. Switching your thinking will take some time, so be patient and kind to yourself in the process. 

Once you become an entrepreneur, you will be able to create the time and money freedom you dreamed of – those promises you read about can be true for you too. You must adopt an attitude of complete responsibility for your actions (and lack of action).  Habits are the key. If you have not developed entrepreneurial habits, you will struggle like I did.

You are responsible for the results you produce, therefore, your passion for your new endeavor will drive you to do what it takes to make it work for you. An on-line business is no different than any other business. You need to be clear about what you do and who you do it for.

Steps To Make It Happen:

So, how can you overcome the scary? Think about this:

1. Make a list of your strengths – the skills that you use in your job – or, a hobby – or just things you like to do.  Write them down – actually write them down with a real pencil or pen on paper.

2. Do some research online. Don’t skip this step. Check for others who have some of the same strengths you have. Keep track of the different websites you find that interest you. 

3. Identify something that has lots of competition and that you have some passion about. This is the first major decision you have to make. Without knowing this, you will likely never get anything done.  This will provide the clarity you need. When I got started, I didn’t figure this out for a long time and I spun my wheels without getting anywhere for several years.

4. Becoming an entrepreneur requires a specific mindset – one that accepts that you decide how big your paycheck is. It requires being courageous – working through any roadblocks that come up, never giving up. There are only a few who are willing to do what it takes, but the rewards are worth it (in my opinion). An on-line business provides an amazing way to establish an income before you leave your job. Start working toward your dreams by setting aside an hour a day to work on it – that’s really all it takes.

Employee Mindset

Entrepreneur Mindset

Owner Of Job

Dreams of a Better Life

Company paid benefits (maybe?)

Skills make company money

Follows instructions

Believes “Success” is Unreachable

Spends The Week Looking forward to the Weekend

Paid Vacation (maybe?)

Owner Of Company

Takes Action Toward a Better Life

Pay for your own benefits

Skills make you money

Confident in the value they bring to the market

Believes “Success” is inevitable

There is no such thing as the weekend

Every day is a vacation

If you think this is something you want to pursue – join my Facebook group here: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/yourpositivesolution/

Much more detail will be provided in the group and the members help each other become better and transition from an employee mindset to an entrepreneur mindset.

It can be a wild ride, but if you learn to think like an entrepreneur, you will take the actions necessary to produce the success you desire.

I’ll be expanding on this and related topics in future posts, so if the subject intrigues you, feel free to bookmark this blog – and, comment below with your thoughts. I would love to hear them!

Betsy

Positive Solutions LLC 

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