Have you thought about starting your own business? You’ve had dreams of making your passion come true, being known as someone who answers to no one but themselves. You have been waiting to become a business owner instead of a business worker. Then you wake up at your cubicle, or you’re jarred by the blare of a car horn while you sit in traffic for your hour commute to a job you either can barely tolerate or can hardly stand. You’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to say “I quit!” and go off and make your own dreams come true instead of making the rich even richer. Well, I can tell you that if you don’t become an entrepreneur now, you’ll hate yourself later.

I know what you’re thinking. “With the recession, no one is going to support my small business.” “I need a steady income.” “Now just isn’t the right time.” Stop procrastinating, stop making excuses, and get it done already. You may think with the economy in its current state, it’s not the right time. It’s actually a great time to start your own business. Some of the biggest names you’ve ever heard of in business started during a recession. FedEx, General Motors, General Electric and Proctor & Gamble just to name a few. These are household names and operate worldwide! Maybe you don’t want to be international, but you just want to be successful. It can work!

Why Now Is the Best Time to Become an Entrepreneur

  • There’s no such thing as job security anymore: Okay, maybe I’m speaking in hyperboles. There are some “recession proof careers” but not like there used to be. There’s hiring freezes, there’s layoffs, there’s pay cuts, and departments shutting down for good. Your job isn’t as safe as it used to be. You have to create your own stimulus package, and plan for your family. One day you may find yourself out the door with a box of things that used to be on your desk, when you had a meeting planned for 2pm. Why wait to get the boot when you can make things happen for yourself?
  • Leave a family legacy: Your last name isn’t Hilton, Johnson, or Rockefeller. If you work for the likes of these legends, you may not get to see the corporate office if you’re not sitting in it right now, and there definitely won’t be room for your sons, daughters, and their children. Becoming an entrepreneur leaves a family legacy, where your children and grandchildren can brag that you became a businessman or businesswoman despite the having the odds against you. You can hire them to help you and work by your side.
  • Make your own rules: Let’s be honest: who really enjoys authority? Do you like having to answer to someone? Do your enjoy having to ask for permission before pursuing a brilliant idea? Being an entrepreneur, you’re running things. If you want to try out some crazy marketing campaign, you can! If you want to take vacation for a week, you don’t have to apply for it and wait for it to be approved. Your sick days are yours and you can take as many as you want. You make your own rules. How amazingly free does that feel?
If you have been having the itch to go out and do things on your own, stop waiting. Get up and make your dreams come true. Stop waiting for the “perfect time”; now is the perfect time. If you don’t act now, something is going to get in the way, and you’re never going to do it. You’ll be kicking yourself and wondering what if for years to come. Do it now, or hate yourself later.