So You Want to Quit Your Job and Become an Entrepreneur?

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If this is your first time starting a business, you may want to rethink that. Sure, you hear stories of people quitting their jobs, making a leap, and becoming successful. Entrepreneurship is jumping off a cliff and building a plane on the way down, right? There’s an easier way. You can work for a company that encourages critical thinking and creativity and act as an entrepreneur within a large organization. This position is called an 'intrapreneur.'

Famous intrapreneurs that launched massive businesses include scientist, Spencer Silva. Spencer was a scientist working in 3M when he accidentally invented a light adhesive. This light adhesive was applied in paper and later became Post-it Notes. The company launched in 1980, and you can find his product at almost every office desk worldwide.

So how do you become an intrapreneur? According to Forbes, there are 543,000 new businesses that pop up in the United States every month! There’s bound to be a company that aligns with your values and interests. You can start off freelancing. What is something that you enjoy doing and can get paid for it? Do you like to draw? Are you tech-savvy with social media? Can you code?

These are just various examples that you can leverage online to find gigs. Upwork.com is a great online website that connects you to companies looking to hire you for your services. I’ve hired many skilled artists through these online sites, and the best part is that you can do this right in your own home!

That’s actually how I began in entrepreneurship. Before entrepreneurship, I worked a corporate job at a semiconductor company. I’ve seen people online make millions of dollars and gain a massive following through podcasting. If they can do it, so can I, right? So that’s what I did. I started a podcast, and it fell off within a year later.

However, what that did for me was obtain skills in digital marketing that I applied to work for an entrepreneur. As an intrapreneur, you’ll have the opportunity to wear multiple hats and take risks for little to no personal expense. Plus, most of the time, you get paid to do it! I was able to leave my corporate job and master my craft. I became an intrapreneur. Learn from someone or a company who encourages growth. Become an intrapreneur!

 


Rommel Cabal

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Rommel is an expert at being LIT. He believes that anyone can achieve mastery using the principles of Learning, Implementing, and Teaching. His goal is to empower and teach people to focus on the skills that they already have, and adapt them in a different way to start businesses of their own.