I’ve asked work-at-home professionals to answer answer a series of questions regarding work-at-home. This week’s question is:
“When did you quit your day job or know that your venture would be a success?”
Nancy Gong, Glass Artist Gong Glass Works
When the weight of the balance time required more time for commissioned work. So much that I knew the art work could consume a full time commitment with financial security.
Michael Kaiser-Nyman Impact Dialing
I stopped working full-time only after a few months of working on Impact Dialing, and even then I kept doing consulting until we got funded. I knew we would be successful very early on, though – the reception to our product from our first customers was really promising.
Lakeisha Johnson Absolute Solutions
I made the decision to leave my job in November of 2008. My last day was February 29, 2009. I spent the time between when I made the decision to my last day educating my self and putting systems in place to run the business.
Ben Fisher ParkCityLifeStyle.com
When I got my first sale from my online marketing efforts. The months I had spent researching and teaching myself how to properly market real estate were invaluable to me in obtaining my first sale in the business.
Shel Horowitz, Green and Profitable
I started my business in 1981, because I couldn’t *find* a day job. I think by around 1986, I wasn’t really looking for a job anymore.
Sally Murdoch Sally Murdoch Media Relations
I knew I was onto something when I did my first proposal for a prospective client. He told me I seemed to know exactly what he was thinking and what goals he was trying to attain. I quit my job the next day and never looked back.
Jessie Boone IntegratePR
I had the idea of creating the Handstand Kids on a very long flight back from India. I wanted to bring back cookbooks for my little cousins, but was discouraged when I couldn’t find any for children. It’s my goal in creating a series that children will be inspired to use their new cooking skills to give back to their own communities. I knew the line would be successful when children started responding so positively to the books and accessories and believed in the mission as much as I did.
Craig Wolfe CelebriDucks
I quit it the moment I found that to make my venture work it would take my full attention and the potential was limitless if I did it right. In other words, I quite when I saw niches that were not being fulfilled and huge opportunities ahead of me if I was willing to take advantage of them.
Aneesah LaStrape Black Millionaire Media
I’ve always been an adventurous woman, worked very few day jobs. Every time I worked, I got fired. I have strong opinions and don’t mind voicing my ideas. Although I may have put it in a professional manner, it didn’t seem like corporate America wanted to hear my entrepreneurial ideas. So I had to make it work on my on.
Christine Shuck C’s Cleaning Services
I quit my day job in late September 2005 – and my first venture, a cleaning biz, continues to be a relatively steady source of income (it became ‘steady’ in late 2008). So I would call that a success.
Tiffany Powell Sapphire Bookkeeping & Accounting Inc
Once I started my business I did not have a full time job. I had a couple part-time jobs that allowed me to pay my bills for the first few months before I had enough clients to completely work on my business. It is difficult in the beginning if you don’t have a spouse with a steady income to commit to giving up your day job while working on building your own company.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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