I recently read an article by Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia, about how summer is a great time to find inspiration to start a new business. It resonated with me because that’s exactly what happened to me when I launched my Homeowner Referral Network (HRN).
For most people, summer is generally when we take a break from our usual routines and slow down the pace a bit. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, that might mean a welcome reprieve from carpools and a hectic school schedule. And, if you work full-time, summer is often a time for vacations, time away from the office, at the beach or with family. These mental breaks are not only essential to our well being but they are often when we’re able to shut out the noise of our day-to-day lives and think more clearly.
In the summer preceding my 30th birthday, I left my career in Corporate America. We needed my income to survive and leaving a stable career wasn’t an easy decision. I was plagued with doubt and worry about how we would be able to survive on one income. While, the months after I left my career might have been uncomfortable at the time, changing my routine was definitely the best decision I ever made. It gave me the opportunity to find a home business that capitalized on my passions and afforded me the work-life balance I needed.
If I had simply stayed at my old job all the way through, how would I really know if I had passion for something else?
Whether it’s summer or not, it’s important to take risks, change your routine from time to time and challenge yourself with something new. While every new venture may not turn out to be what you had expected, the experience can change your perspective and lead you to the business opportunity that is right for you