Many people dream of taking the leap from employee to entrepreneur. Whether it’s the idea of following a passion to make a difference, the appeal of being in control of your own destiny, or the flexibility of working for yourself, the desire to “go out on your own” is one that I hear repeatedly.
When I started my leadership development consultancy in 2002, I took a giant leap of faith. I left the security of a thriving career as a financial manager in a multinational company to venture into the enormous abyss of building a company from the ground up. “I didn’t know what I did not know” is an apt synopsis for my early years. Today, almost eighteen years later, I have the benefit of hindsight. So in my regular column in today’s issue of The Globe and Mail, I share seven distinct lessons that I learned as an entrepreneur. True, everyone’s entrepreneurial journey will be different. But if you’re considering the leap from employee to entrepreneur, then I hope that my lessons learned will help you avoid a few speedbumps along the way.
If you get the print version of The Globe, you’ll find this column on page B10. Continue reading