This time last week I was buzzing with excitement from meetings and progress with my business idea. This week, it’s slightly different vibe. Working a 9-5, coming home late, cooking and doing bits of work before bed leaves me feeling tired and slightly defeated. In spite of it all, I have to remind myself that I’m working towards my dream goal. That said, when is the best time to leave your job to work on your business full-time? Is there a ‘best time’?

Here are some thoughts to consider if you’re thinking of quitting your 9-5 to go self-employed.

Start slowly

You don’t have to take the all or nothing approach when considering quitting your 9-5. Think about reducing your working hours instead so you can still bring home an income. Freelancing is another way of offering your services without the commitment of permanent employment.

Use free online tools

Get all your social media handles and start promoting your business to your potential customers. See how they react to your idea. Also, why not launch a holding page? It’s a great way of getting your website up without the pressure of launching immediately.

Test trade

If you have a working prototype, test it with a small network of friends. If your idea is an online platform, it’s an effective way to check if the platform works before going live.

Talk to people

Perhaps you know someone who’s been in a similar situation or if you have a mentor, now would be a good time to give them a shout. Talking to the right people reassures you that you’re not alone in this phase.

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