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How to become your own boss and not fear leaving employment

Thinking about starting your own business but don’t know where to begin? These top five tips will help
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Almost a quarter (23%) of want-to-be entrepreneurs in the UK are scared to take the plunge as they are unsure of what to do, according to our research.

Many of us feel comfort with a 9 to 5 job, as it gives a sense of routine and financial security. However, although only 13% of people living in the UK really enjoy their current role, stepping out of normal routine and going it alone sounds too risky (30%).

We’ve enlisted the help of Vorwerk business influencer Claire O’Connor, who is the founder and managing director of babyballet, to break the perceptions of some of these barriers and share her advice on being your own boss. 

Working mum Claire had a range of job roles before starting her business, from working in retail to at an estate agent. She then worked at her mum’s ballet school, where she held some successful pre-school dance classes. This gave her the idea to create her own business focusing purely on pre-school dance.

Fast forward 19 years, babyballet now has 74 franchise businesses running across the UK, and also has franchises across Australia and New Zealand, with each franchisee having exclusive rights to run classes in their chosen area. Claire plans to expand the brand even further across Europe this year.

For those who have ambitions to be their own boss, Claire has shared her top five tips on going it alone and working for yourself.

1. Be ambitious

Make sure you fully understand the impact of working for yourself. You have to drive yourself, be ambitious, determined and focused. You have to go out and find the work, and make sure you’re getting out there and networking so you learn as much about your chosen  industry as possible. 

2. Be confident

If you’re the sort of person who wants to be your own boss but are put off because of your worries or fears, evaluate the pros and cons as much as you possibly can and make your decision from there.

3. Support network

Make sure you have the support you need to make the big transition. Talk to family, friends and also to people who have taken the plunge to set up their own business . You will find that many people who have set up their own business are more than happy to talk to you as they have been in your shoes before so it’s beneficial to chat through the ups and downs to help your decision-making.

4. Learning curve

Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t expect everything to fall into place on day one. There’s going to be a lot to learn and you will undoubtedly have concerns, but just take every day as it comes. Try to achieve one thing each day and don’t just look at the big picture. Break everything down into manageable chunks so you feel like you’re achieving something rather than just looking at the end goal.

5. Challenge yourself

Never stop learning. I didn’t have any business experience when I first started my company. I just had a vision and a dream, and I made it my mission to learn as much as I possibly could and I will continue to do that so I can get better every day.

Looking for more flexible and fun working and to be your own boss? Vorwerk is currently on the search for business-minded people wanting to progress in their careers. Find out more at: www.kobold.vorwerk.co.uk/career/

Find out more about Claire’s story here.