It seems easy enough, and possibly more relaxed than holding a corporate 9-5; but the challenges posed by changing your career path is difficult to begin with; let alone making the transition to a job where you call the shots.
That’s what the McGuire’s did back in 2004 after Mr. McGuire left a well-paying and steady job at Epic Systems in Wisconsin to pursue farming. Making the move Chris McGuire and his wife had the intention of starting an Onion Farm with no agricultural experience. Several things that they came across are the same challenges that many employees face nowadays when they try to make a business by their own means.
Some things to keep in mind before leaving your full time job include:
- Additional labor – how much work you will need to put in to make your business function and how many more workers you will need to reach your goals. This was the first and major challenge that the new farmers faced upon jumping into their venture.
- Capital – will you need software to help you store data, track things down, or simply to keep you organized? Or will you need to lease space to house your headquarters? In the McGuire’s instance, their challenge with capital had to do with purchasing land and equipment.
- Culture shock – depending on what the transition will be, a lot of young workers are ditching the 9-5 jobs to pursue a craft or skill that has become uncommon for one or two generations now. Leaving the office job for a job like this is exciting but challenging; the people and formalities are handled differently.
Whatever the case may be, it is important to keep in mind your goals and what the success of doing your job (existing or new) well means for those depending on you.