Six signs you’re ready to start a new venture

There’s a big difference between wanting to quit your job and start a new venture, and actually being ready to do it.
For some people, the process of deciding to make a move can take years. For others, as long as it takes to find a job and sign your resignation letter is all you need.
Everyone’s different in this area with your momentum shaped by personality type, previous experiences, and your current situation.
There’s no right or wrong way to do things but making a move before you’re ready might not be the best way to start your new journey.
If you’ve been thinking about it for a while but haven’t yet made the move, here are six tell-tale signs that you’re ready to make your move into your next venture and your time could be now!
1) You’re restless.
When you’re restless you can’t focus on any of your tasks. You find it hard to relax and nothing can capture your attention for too long. This doesn’t just apply to work, you might find it hard to wind down when you’re out with friends or struggle to get involved in activities at home.
Restlessness is a big clue that you’re looking for something more and you’re ready to grab an opportunity with both hands. If you’re ready to make the change, this restlessness is unlikely to pass until you do and you’ll probably always have the feeling that there’s something more out there for you.
2) You envy those who are starting something new.
Your husband, brother, sister or friend is about to embark on a new venture and you know you should be happy for them but with every person who makes a fresh start before you, you just feel agitated.
It feels unfair that they get all the excitement of a new venture while you have to stay where you are because of reason a, b, or c that you’ve given yourself.
Rest assured, those people would have been through the same dilemmas that you have. While you might think they’ve got it easier than you for whatever reason you’ve created in your own mind, starting a new venture is rarely a decision that’s taken lightly, by anyone.
Envy is a great emotion that tells you what you really want from life. If you’re jealous that you’re watching someone start something fresh, new and exciting, it’s possibly time that it was you doing it instead of them.
3) You’re ready to solve problems.
Making a significant change towards a new venture is never going to be plain sailing, no matter how well you’ve planned for it. You’re going to have problems which are of course, solvable, but which might delay or re-direct your plans. If you’re not equipped to solve problems or you shy away from such challenges, you possibly aren’t ready to step into the unknown.
I’m a firm believer that the more you problem solve the better you become, but if you aren’t prepared to try, then you might be better off staying where you are until you’ve built up your confidence in this area.
4) You have the support of those around you.
Let’s face it, while you might be the one who’s about to embark on a journey into the unknown, it directly affects those around you. Your partner, kids, and family may all have to play a part in your new journey whether that’s salary sacrifices, extra babysitting duties, or just the change in your routine. And those people need to support you. If you’re butting heads with your husband about whether or not you should take a job with unsociable hours, perhaps it’s not the best time for you. I’m not saying don’t do it, but having the support of your loved ones is an important point to consider.
5) Your finances are in order.
I don’t mean that you need to have all your loans paid off or hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank, but you need to know where you currently stand financially and whether it’s realistic for you to be out of work or on a lower income. If you’re planning on quitting on a Friday with no way to pay rent on the following Monday, while I’m not offering advice on your lifestyle choice, I can say that you might not quite be ready. At the minimum, I’d have a plan on how you’re going to pay bills for the next month or two but that’s again, entirely dependent on your personal situation.
6) You just know.
This might sound airy-fairy but for a lot of my clients, when the time’s right they just know. And yes, even those whose finances aren’t in order, who don’t have the support of their families and who aren’t ready to solve problems. There comes a point where you can’t stay where you are any longer, and you’ll figure the next bit out later!
Nobody can tell you when you’re ready to start a new venture apart from you, but if you recognise any of these signs in yourself, it might help you realise that the time for you is actually NOW!

Tracey Burns
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