If you are one of the many people who lost your job during these tough economic times, you should be working on starting your own business, in parallel with looking for that ideal replacement job. Let me explain why this is a win-win deal, no matter what the outcome.
You have probably secretly always wanted to run your own show, but with a full-time job, never had the time to consider a startup. Then there was always the risk of failure, which of course doesn't apply now since your real job is gone. Also, for most of us, not having done it before, we have no idea where or how to start.
Here are my recommendations on how and why initiating a startup while looking for a job is the right thing to do:
- No gap in your resume. Instead of an embarrassing gap in your resume for your period out of work, you have an entry for your startup business, showing initiative, leadership, and breadth of experience.
There are other startup related points I could make here, like joining an existing startup as a "volunteer" for a time, just to learn more about what is required. Also, in most geographies, there are organizations springing up, and university workshops, to mentor people out of work and contemplating a startup. Get some help from them if you need it.
Just remember that problems are really just opportunities in disguise. Don't miss out on what may be the best opportunity you will have in your lifetime for a new career. Start up now.
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