Have you considered being an entrepreneur? Do you believe that entrepreneurs are born and not made? Do you tell yourself that you are so accustomed to a large corporate structure that you would fail in any other environment?
Maybe you are selling yourself short. Look for these signs.
You find that your mind never shuts down: You are always thinking about new and better ways to get things done. As an entrepreneur, you can put these thoughts into action and "be the change."
You recognize that there is a gap to fill: You see the need for a new product or service or the re-purposing of an old one. You know you will never convince your corporate management team to pursue this.
If not now, when?: You find yourself asking this question over and over. Starting your own business will let you get your thoughts in motion. Getting things moving can be an empowering feeling.
You are feeling stuck in your job: You dread going to work every day. You know that a promotion will not help. The 9-to-5 routine just doesn't excite you. You may want to change jobs or consider starting your own company.
You love to inspire people: Being your own boss allows you the freedom to inspire people you hire, as well as those with whom you interact every day. It gives you the freedom to develop and share a value system that you have created and believe in.
You crave uncertainty: The thought of things always being predictable is boring. You love to take risks and explore new and exciting things. You don't want to be one of the crowd; you want to stand out.
You are not afraid of failure: We all face failures. However, as an entrepreneur, it can sometimes be more painful -- financially and emotionally. You don't have that big brand to hide behind. If this thought does not throw you into a panic attack, you may be a good candidate to be an entrepreneur.
Starting your own business is a big step. While there are lots of things to consider, I have found that these seven steps are a good start. So, begin here and develop your own questions. Let me know what you come up with.
Kathy McShane is managing director of Ladies Who Launch, Connecticut. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or ladieswholaunch.com.southwestct.