Head Cook to Bottle Washer : The Journey from Entrepreneur to Employee

So you started a business, and for reasons you know best had to pull the plug on it. It might have been lack of growth, vision, right partners or lack of funds but whatever the reasons maybe, once an entrepreneur, always one. 🙂bottlewasher

I started my career working in my family businesses and then moved to an internet products company only to leave it and start my own venture. The venture had a good run for about 2 years, but being a non-technical guy and not having the right skill sets on board, I knew when to quit and move on.

Does one come back to being an employee after an entrepreneurial run and if yes, where should you go and work?

1. Need v/s Want

Ask yourself whether you need a job or want a job right now? If you still have pangs to jump right back, evaluate your options carefully to avoid making the same mistakes again. However, if you need a job due to different pressures, then choose wisely.

2. Start up v/s Set up

Both bring their share of pain and joy to the table but remember at the end of the day, the reason you started out alone was to do something different and if you can find that in an employed atmosphere, you have nailed it regardless of whether it is a start up or a Fortune 500.

3. Suit v/s Shorts

Its very important to know the style of leaders under whom you would be working. Are they traditional brick and mortar executives who believe in a suit and a ‘yes sir’ or are they younger, open to change and know when to ‘yes sir’ it and when to ‘suit it’

4. Growth v/s Promotions

Remember that any growth chart in a company rests as much on an individual as on the company. Try to keep your entrepreneurial spirit alive by taking up projects/challenges at work that may or may not fall in your span of work. If nothing else. if will help you learn and grow as a professional.

5. Your exit!

It’s never too late or early to start out and make a difference. I compare entrepreneurship and employment to a race without and with boundaries. While its always fun to run when there is no limit or boundary, its also very easy to get lost.

So make your map, chart your course and decide where you want your finish line!

[Guest article contributed by Krishna Iyer, Vice President – Media Partnerships at iXiGo]

[image credit: kenjonbro/Flickr]

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