Have you been dreaming about forming your own IT consulting business? Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of quitting their day job and then realizing they did not have enough passion for their business to make it succeed.
An article on the American Express Open Forum website offers some questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re not mistaking your motives for passion. Here are three that relate especially to IT consulting:
Is Your Interest Really a Hobby?
The article makes the important point that a hobby is something you enjoy doing in your free time—something you like to tinker with, that may also be a nice complement to your day job. A passion drives you to spend time doing something, even when you’re tired.
This can be an especially key distinction if you’re in the computer business. If you’ve been working for a firm and you dream about going out on your own, really think about it. You may enjoy doing a little IT consulting on the side, but ask yourself, will you enjoy doing it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Are You Looking for the Big Money?
Real passion for a subject will power you through the down times.
If you’re just in it for the money, you may have trouble doing the work to make your business succeed.
Are You Just Following a Trend?
Perhaps all the computer geeks you know are jumping into cloud computing consulting or some other trend. Think carefully before you leave your day job and commit to forming a business around it. Even if you’re good at it, you still need to want to do it every day.
Test your passion for IT consulting with these types of questions before you go out on your own.
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