This time last week I was buzzing with excitement from meetings and progress with my business. 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 deflated. In spite of it all, I have to remind myself that the 9-5 life is temporary. But when is the best time to leave your job? And is there a ‘best time’?

I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong answer, but 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 paid services without the commitment of full-time work.

Launch a holding page

Launching a holding page whilst you’re still working,  is a great way to test how popular your idea is. The data you collect not only helps for research purposes but promotes your idea 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 is in full working order.

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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