Are You An Engineer Wondering How To Become An Entrepreneur?
Are you an innovator whose ideas are not being realized to their full potential? Perhaps you’ve worked hard to climb the corporate ladder, only to find yourself looking around thinking, there has to be something more. You may feel you can no longer ignore your underlying desire for creative freedom, independence and a greater life balance between work and play.
As an innovator, it can be soul crushing to take orders from someone else, day in and day out. You’re frustrated, bored and burned out by the grind of meetings, agendas and deadlines, all geared toward someone else’s vision and goals.
Perhaps you want to leave the corporate sector to pursue consulting full time. You’re looking around realizing you’ve mastered this craft, and it’s time to make it on your own as a subject matter expert.
Or, maybe you want to start your own company, geared to your broader vision and goals. You feel called to something greater that you can only create by forging ahead on a separate path.
But, although you’ve considered engineering entrepreneurship before, you worry the stakes are too high. The comforts of your salary, benefits and retirement plan keep you from venturing out and risking your current stability. You want to experience true liberation—the freedom to create your own lifestyle, manage your own schedule and fulfill your passions—but something is holding you back. You may not know where to start. Or, perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the prospect of leaving your familiar life behind, if not downright scared. At this point, you may want a qualified business coach to help you strategize a path toward your true passions.
Career Changes For Engineers Are Very Common
What is entrepreneurship? It’s an opportunity to bring your unique, brilliant, innovative ideas to fruition. It’s a route to pursuing your “Big Why”—the larger vision that drew you into engineering in the first place. Becoming an entrepreneur means following your professional and personal passions and enjoying meaningful work and play.
But it’s not for everyone. Some engineers are content to follow someone else’s agenda and satisfied with the safety and security of the corporate world. However, there’s a certain breed of engineer that strives for more. If you’re one of these creative, gifted innovators feeling called by a unique mission, you are not alone.
It makes perfect sense you’re scared to take the next step. Going out on your own comes with all kinds of uncertainty, and at first glance, it seems financially risky. It’s not easy to leave your salary, benefits and retirement plan behind, but it can be done.
And, it’s been done before, many times. Although change may seem daunting now, with time, dedication and small steps, it’s possible to go into consulting or entrepreneurship without breaking the bank. It doesn’t have to be such a big leap. Don’t throw yourself off a cliff. Hire an expert to help you mitigate the risk by making deliberate and thoughtful strides toward your goal.
Your Career After Engineering Can Be Fulfilling And Fruitful
Working with a career coach isn’t like therapy. You’re not dealing with a mental health issue; you simply need guidance, support and accountability while you tap into your drive and take brave steps forward. The decision to pursue entrepreneurship is not risk-free. So, having someone in your corner, who has been there and done that, can be extremely valuable.
I worked as an engineer for first part of my career. I hold two master’s degrees—one in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and one in Engineering and Technology Management. I navigated the cooperate engineering corporate sector for some time before I decided to go out on my own. Thanks to my personal and professional experience, I can say that achieving independent success is possible.
You set yourself for success by having someone in your corner supporting you, strategizing with you and helping you take calculated risks. When you have a big goal in mind, it’s easy to get side tracked and throw in the towel when it all starts to feel too complicated and impossible. But, following your unique engineering path is not impossible. I can help you stay on track and reach your goal, step by step.
Working with me, you can expect to clarify your goals and take real action. Each week, I’m going to hold you accountable to the work we agree on, ensuring you’re on track. This doesn’t mean I will be prompting you to conform to my vision for your career; instead, I will be help you take real steps toward what you want.
Through this process, we may also identify and address any hindering beliefs that are holding you back. Once you clearly identify your obstacles, then you can begin overcoming them, all the way to finish line. And, when you’re really clear about why you’re doing this—and you’re connected to that higher purpose and drive—the self-defeating beliefs, like “I can’t do that,” begin to diminish.
By taking incremental, strategic steps toward your objective, the end-result becomes less daunting and more achievable. Engineering entrepreneurship doesn’t need to be a giant, risky leap of faith. You don’t need to sacrifice all the stability you’ve earned. I can help you move into this new phase intentionally and confidently. With guidance and support, it’s possible to mitigate risk and uncertainty.
For example, we may explore how you can lay the foundation of a new business or freelance life while you’re still working. At first, I may not advocate quitting your day job just yet. We may also discuss business planning and marketing. I provide on-going communication with clients throughout the week, so if you’re working on a proposal, you can email me, and I can support you in real-time.
This work is all about taking action. When you’re able to plot your course in stages, executing the big picture becomes possible. Our work together concludes when you’ve created the business of your dreams. I’ve been helping clients achieve a great career after engineering for over a decade. Going out on your own may seem intimidating now, but you can become the boldest version of yourself. You can create a new, better life.
You may still have questions or concerns about how to become an entrepreneur…
It’s too risky.
Most big changes feel risky at first. Together, we can create a deliberate action plan that’s practical and manageable. It’s common to believe you’re going to drain your life savings, but I don’t want you to do that. You don’t have to do that. By breaking goals into small pieces and stages, and taking intentional action, you mitigate the risk. That’s where I can help.
Isn’t entrepreneurship about doing it on my own? Why should I work with an engineering career coach?
When you’re going after a big picture goal, having a guide can be hugely beneficial—a game changer, even. Not only have I been exactly where you are now, but I’m specifically trained to help engineers become entrepreneurs. With my expert guidance and support, you can identify roadblocks and blind spots, as well as actionable steps forward.
When you’re doing something as big as going out on your own, it’s important to have someone in your corner, a guide or mentor to keep you accountable. I’ve helped a lot of engineers move forward into consulting and entrepreneurship, and I’m confident I can help you, too. Set yourself up for success by working with an expert.
How long will it take to achieve my dream?
Don’t think about that right now. It’s really common for people to fixate on time, feel too far behind and devote more energy to doubt and unrest than actual change. If you’re finally at a point where you’re tired of being unhappy, don’t give yourself reasons to wait any longer.
Although the success rate depends on the scale of your goals and dedication and commitment toward reaching them, the sooner you begin, the sooner you achieve what you want. Start pursuing your dreams today. It’s not going to happen until you take action.