ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Can You Channel Your Work Frustration into Creating Your Own Business?

It is easier than you think

“Unless you build a habit of making money on your own, standalone, you will find yourself, at some point, depending on the whims of someone else who will run your life. When it’s too late.” — Nassim Taleb (source)

Thanks to what I do as a career advisor, I’m always talking with people who are frustrated with their jobs, and even their lives. We like to think that we can completely separate work from our identity and life, but we’re kidding ourselves. If you have a bad day at work, it tends to follow you home. If you’re having trouble at home, it shows up in how you work and interact with your colleagues.


Easier said than done?

Sounds great! The only problem? You have no idea what kind of business you want to create.


Here’s the good news

If you’ve been successfully working in the corporate world for a decade or two, you do have something of value that people will want. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it helps to focus on where you’ve developed your most in-depth expertise.

  1. Selling what you know.
  2. Selling who you’ve become.

What can you make or do?

I’ve found that this is one of the easiest businesses for a 9–5 employee to start. Why? Because it is based on what you already have several years of experience doing in your day-to-day job. You have either been providing a variety of services, creating some product, or maybe even a little of both.

  • A designer who founded her design service consultancy
  • A software engineer who became an engineering contractor for hire, and then he started developing and selling his software
  • A PR leader who left a corporate job to start her own business providing PR services on demand
  • A field service technician who began offering in-home HVAC repair services on his own
  • An in-house recruiter who spun out to become an independent headhunter

What do you know?

If you’ve been in the working world for many years, you have acquired a great deal of knowledge, skills, and experience. This “Toolbox of You” can be packaged up and sold as books, courses, training services, workshops, and more.

Photo by Marcos Luiz on Unsplash

Who are you?

For this third type of business, you must have achieved a degree of visible and recognized success. I will admit that this is the most challenging business to build of the three, and not everyone will be able to do it. It goes beyond what you can make or do, or even what you know. It is based on who you are, your career and life path, your notable success, and the resulting lifestyle you now enjoy.

Tim Ferriss from Flickr

“Do you see my success? Do you want my lifestyle? Read my story. This is my rise from rags to riches. Attend my event, buy my book, and discover how you can follow in my footsteps to achieve my success and become the next me.”

A real-world example

Ok, we’re not going to be the next Oprah. But, don’t get discouraged. This third business is achievable for folks like you and me. You will need to focus on your niche and find your 1,000 true fans, but it doesn’t have to happen overnight (which is a good thing, because it won’t happen overnight).

Her first business/income stream

Products: She sells a client booking toolkit.
Services: You can hire her photography services for weddings and family portraits.

Her second business/income stream

Courses: She has classes on how to find new clients, secrets to excellent wedding photography, how to capture someone’s real personality in portrait photography, etc.

Her third business/income stream

Selling her path: She has a premium offering to learn everything about following her path from start to finish of how she broke into the photography business, scaled it successfully, and now runs a profitable studio.

Transforming frustration into success

I’ve spent about 13 years in corporations and startups, and another ~12 years running my own companies and businesses. I’m thankful for the people I met, the lessons I learned, and the experience I gained. But, yes, working for someone else can be frustrating. Most of us don’t have great bosses, and that is one of the most significant determinants of our happiness and satisfaction.


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Larry Cornett, Ph.D.

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I’m a career advisor who helps you become an opportunity magnet for the best things in life! https://www.brilliantforge.com | https://invincible.substack.com

Invincible Career

Invincible Career® — Stories that help you become an opportunity magnet for the best things in life!

Larry Cornett, Ph.D.

Written by

I’m a career advisor who helps you become an opportunity magnet for the best things in life! https://www.brilliantforge.com | https://invincible.substack.com

Invincible Career

Invincible Career® — Stories that help you become an opportunity magnet for the best things in life!

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