Why I quit my job, to start a company

One month ago, I left my full time job in consultancy to start a business.

I had a good salary, good prospects and a lot of good friends.

It just wasn’t right. I wanted to do something more. I wanted to feel like what I did mattered.

These days, starting a company seems to be the cool thing to do. The press is awash with tales of start up stardom. Yet many people talk about it, and never do it.

I never wanted to be one of those people.

It’s not about one being better than the other, it should be what makes you happy. This past week, since we became incorporated has been the happiest I’ve been to get up and work in a long time. In fact, ever.

You know it’s not going to be easy. Even just in this week there are moments that the realisation that your entire future now depends on your decisions and actions and that if you get that right, it still might not be enough.

Fear. It’s a big thing.

One of the most common reasons people are afraid is because it’s unknown.

It’s scary to know that it’s your fault.

When you’re employed, there is a disconnect, this sort of security blanket. Even now, you know not to look down as there isn’t a safety net.

It’ll all be ok. No matter what happens, as long as you are alive and healthy, things will be ok. I keep telling myself that.

My key considerations when I finally decided to quit:

  • Do I see myself being my senior team in 20 years
  • Do I believe in what I’m doing
  • If I died today, would I feel ok with having my current job on my tombstone

The answers were no.

Granted it’s a little somber, but making decisions to leave large, well paid jobs aren’t easy. It’s much easier to go along for the ride.

I knew if I stayed I’d be well off, employable and get to see some of the world. 5* hotels and first class trains. Now I don’t know how much longer I can pay my rent.

But it’s ours (mine and my business partners). What we do each day decides what happens next. What we decide goes. If we don’t work, nothing gets done – we haven’t tried this much though thankfully.

Equally, if our website doesn’t work, there’s no support. If we can’t figure it out, it doesn’t get solved.

I couldn’t have made this step without a few things:

  • My business partner Joe. I thought I’d always setup a company alone. So did he. I’m glad we have each other. It’s always better to have someone else. As long as they’re not an idiot. Lucky for me he’s class.
  • My Mum. She did it. Alone. As a woman, in the 60′s and made it. Then lost it. But she did it, and she always made me believe I can.
  • My girlfriend. Supportive to the end. She told me to quit my job and backed me all the way. I’m using her laptop to type this as ours haven’t arrived. I know she’ll see this through with me as long as it makes me happy.
  • My friends. They’re awesome. I’m privileged to have them around. Whatever happens, they have my back

I guess just whatever you do, make sure you’re doing it because you want to. It sounds so insincere. I’m not a life coach nor do I believe what I do is right or better. I just know that it’s terrifying but if you can see past that then do, as you might just enjoy it.

So that’s where I’m at. A brief summary and smattering of the deliberation and thoughts that got me to here. 4 days full time on a company. A long way to go.

I’ll try and share my thoughts as we go. If you’d like to keep up with my personal journey please do.

Thanks for reading.

Dot.

4 Comments

  1. Joe

    Wow…. Inspirational, gratifying and engaging. Some people just have “it”, and I’m sure what “it” is will become clearer as those days turn into months. x

  2. Christian

    Nice. I think far too few of us really take the time to step back from our lives and analyse them in this way. Honestly. Introspectively. It only seems to come at times of change- leaving school, leaving university, changing jobs. What we really need to do is make this time for ourselves, rather than relying on times of uncertainty to force us to do it. Its too easy to just go with things.

    Peace

  3. Nicely done, Jonny. After months of soul searching, I came to the same conclusion and will be sharing my story as well. See you along the way…it is going to be loads of fun!

    • Thanks Bee. Best of luck for the future!

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