Start a Business To Beat a Career Setback

Oftentimes people get set back in their careers when they feel stuck. They’re unsure whether to stay in the same role, same industry, or switch routes altogether. If you’re one of these people, starting a business might the best next step for you.

Deciding on Possible Businesses 

When considering new prospective ventures, simplify the decision by identifying these factors:

  • What is your ideal work-life balance?
  • Where do you want to be on your career path in five years?
  • What is the market demand over the next decade?
  • Does the work play to your strengths?
  • Can you build regular content and a community around the brand?

Consider other vital elements and brainstorm with friends and family to determine your optimal business opportunity.

Laying the Foundation for Your New Enterprise 

Take stock of your capital, connections, and knowledge, then create a business plan to weather the worst and capitalize on the best moments. Include a brief outline of your company and the opportunities. Detail your business structure, market research, sales strategy, and financial projections. A comprehensive overview arms you with the confidence to forge ahead.

One common mistake is not separating business and personal finances. Forming an LLC is relatively simple, so you can easily file yourself or use a formation service. Either way, you avoid exorbitant lawyer fees. Follow the instructions that apply to your state because regulations vary by location. An LLC is easily operated as a sole proprietorship or partnership while protecting your personal property from litigation and tax liabilities. If you ever need to convert to a corporation, the process is much easier since company assets are already behind a corporate veil. Acquire an ETIN for tax filing and start a bank and credit account

Securing the Right Help 

When shopping for software, remember that lost time can be more costly than your monetary investment. Unreliable or incomplete solutions put you on shaky ground. Your website should be top-notch and not a pain for visitors to navigate. Difficulty submitting payments and communicating with your team pushes prospects away. 

Surround yourself with trustworthy and diligent people. You may need to start with independent contractors to handle tasks, saving you the cost of employees. You can’t always place the same expectations on a freelancer as an employee, so learn the best practices in managing a contractor. You may eventually have the need to hire employees, so learn how to attract top talent with leadership and career coaching. Failure can be a harsh yet effective teacher. Use the lessons from a career reversal to grow. Set definitive goals and find the proper mental health support to overcome your setback so you can make your next foray an even better experience.

Article written by Sam Marcum from

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