Escape the “Job” Mentality When Starting a Business

tip-guyPamela over at Escape from Cubicle Nation offers some great ways to get out of the “job” mentality when starting a business.

The first item on her list “Start with What kind of work am I meant to do?, not What kind of business should I start?” is one of the most valuable pieces of advice when you begin the process of searching for the ideal home-based business:

This is a very important distinction that I want you to stop and really think about for a minute. It is related to your greater purpose for being on earth, or if you wish to frame it in corporate terms, your personal mission statement. When I spent some time reflecting on the work I am meant to do, I realized that it all has to do with promoting personal freedom, joy and expression through work.

Most of the folks I talk to that have such a struggle are those that settled for some home-business in a box thing, rather than basing their venture on their unique gifts.

I know I tend to harp on this a lot, but it’s the foundation for everything else. True success comes from doing the right “work” for you. Knowing what that is, and how to put it into action, almost guarantees success.


  1. That’s good advice. I’ve been my own boss for more than 30 years. Here is the advice I give to anyone who asks about working on their own:
    1) get up in the morning
    2) do what you were meant to do
    3) never undercharge

  2. That’s terrific advice, Dick. Simple, to the point, and right on the money.

    I’ve given similar advice about writing:

    1. Put your butt in the chair.
    2. Write something.
    3. Keep your butt in the chair until you do.

  3. Tony – this is such a great post! I agree that finding the “right” work or following our passion is key to success. I think I need to start following your advice on writing – I’ve been a bit out of practice and need to get back into the swing of it!

    Dick, I love your list – simple, but covers the essentials!

  4. Thanks Kirsten, you’re right. It creates the base for everything. If you like what you’re doing, and doing what comes naturally, it makes all the other aspects so much easier.

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