5 Tips for Transitioning from Employee to Business Owner


Nearly every adult in the United States has experience being an employee.  A comparatively small number of people own businesses, though many dream of doing so.  Owning your own business means being your own boss. It is hard work, but you are in charge of the outcome of that work.  Here are five tips for transitioning from employee to business owner.

1. Don’t expect to know everything right away.

Just like any new job position, becoming a good business owner takes time.  While you do have the opportunity to do a lot more on your own, don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help.  This is especially true if you are starting a franchise business. There are many other business owners within the franchise that have been in the same place you are.  Use their expertise to find out what you should (and shouldn’t) do as you build your company from the ground up.

2. Recognize good business owner characteristics in yourself and capitalize on them.

A great business owner is a very driven person who won’t back down from a challenge.  This is even more important than knowing a lot about the business you are starting. As you are thinking about becoming a business owner, think about your personality.  Are you highly motivated? How focused are you on success? What else do you want to do with your business besides make money – who do you want to impact? These and other questions can help you find what your strengths and weaknesses are as you head into this new position.

3. Don’t think you need a new idea to be a successful business owner.

Maybe you’ve never taken the step to become a business owner because you are waiting for the next big thing to pop into your brain.  Businesses don’t have to be super unique to work. They just need to exist where there is a need and to run well. For example, a franchise business is more or less the same everywhere a franchise exists across the country.  However, if it has a good business owner and is able to reach customers, it will be a success, despite not being the only one of its kind.

4. Don’t forget where you came from.

Did you hate the way your boss communicated with the company at your previous job?  Was the vacation policy just plain terrible? Remember what you liked and didn’t like as an employee when you transition to a business owner.  It is easy to forget what it was like before once you are in a position of power. Be purposeful in remembering which traits you liked in the bosses you had in the past and which you didn’t.  This is your opportunity to give a group of employees a place they love to work.

5. Consider a franchise business and save.

Becoming a business owner by opening a new location of a franchise is a great way to get in on the action without risking it all.  Franchise businesses are already established, and they have plenty of tips on how to start your own place. Perhaps best of all, investing in a franchise is worth it.  Unlike starting a small business from scratch, a franchise business has the experience to make your investment worthwhile. The odds a new business will fail in a franchise are much lower than a company all on its own.

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