It has been my dream for a long time to start a professional cleaning business. I love the thought of being able to help homeowners —-especially working moms who may struggle with finding the time to clean their homes among all of the other tasks that come with being a parent. Recently, I began to pursue that dream and was open about my intentions with my boss, who seemed, at first, to love the idea.
But not for long…
I’m not sure if he didn’t think I was serious or what, but not long after witnessing my passion for this pursuit, he saw fit to terminate me from my full-time job.
As sad as it may be, I know I’m not alone. Aspiring business owners across the country often find themselves in similar situations. What’s more, the fear of being fired often stops people from ever pursuing their dreams in the first place. As someone who has experienced it first-hand, I wanted to take a few minutes to encourage others who may be facing a similar defeat.
Whether you recently lost your job while trying to build a business or the fear of losing your job is holding you back, here are 3 motivational techniques to help you bounce back (and move forward at the same time!)
1. Write down your goals.
This practice is widely taught by entrepreneurial coaches and for a good reason. There’s something to be said about writing down exactly what you hope to accomplish. The more specific you can be, the better. Don’t just say, “I want to grow my business.” Be specific about exactly how much growth you want to experience and in what time frame.
(Example: “My goal is to have ten new clients on a regular house cleaning schedule by the end of this year.”)
Having specific goals will help you write a more tailored plan of action to accomplish them. It will also give you a good frame of reference when it comes time to assess your results.
2. Know your “why.”
Why do you want to succeed? Again, it’s important to be specific and write it down. What are the factors that are driving you to keep moving even in the midst of defeat? I truly believe that knowing my “why” is what drove me to pursue my dreams even when I began to fear a job loss. Knowing your “why” helps to eradicate fear, which can be a major stumbling block for aspiring entrepreneurs.
3. Thank your boss.
This is not something I’d recommend doing right away. I haven’t yet said thank you to the person who fired me for following my dreams, but it is on my to-do list for the future —- once my business has significantly grown. I certainly don’t mean to encourage condescendence. Only do this if you are truly grateful, as I am. Though I believe I would have seen success either way. Losing my job was the extra kick in the rear that I needed to really pursue my passion full-time.
Have you ever been fired or faced the threat of losing your job while actively trying to grow your own business?
Tell us in the comments how you handled it.
Jennifer Hall is the owner of Cleaning Superheroes, a professional cleaning company in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She is passionate about helping homeowners and business owners in the Carolinas bring order to their chaos.