If you’re frustrated by the typical “menu” available in your career, it may be time to consider branching out into entrepreneurship…

Menus are great. You can go to any restaurant, ask for the menu, and know the predetermined list of what’s available to you. At the end of the day, menus are a great solution…for restaurants.

Often in life, though, we order from an imaginary menu — not just for food, but in other areas, like in our careers.

Do you remember your childhood answer whenever someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? Chances are you named some kind of position that required you to work for an organization.

Unfortunately, many people ultimately discover that when it comes to careers, menus aren’t necessarily ideal which is why more and more people are paving their own paths through entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship breaks the menu mold by allowing you to create an a la carte experience for your life and career that is both personally and professionally fulfilling — often in ways that can’t be achieved by working for an organization.

The reality is that most entrepreneurs choose business ownership because they found that ordering from the career “menu” resulted in a lifestyle they didn’t want. Here are a few reasons why.

They felt professionally stifled.

Most organizations are not well-designed to embrace intra-preneurs and can therefore make such employees feel stunted. Intra-preneurs are an organization’s best asset; however, because of the way in which most companies are structured, they often don’t realize that intra-preneurs even exist among their team.

They felt disconnected from their life’s work.

A job is important — no question about it. We all have responsibilities that we are financially accountable for. But when your daily work leads you to feel disconnected from your life’s work, it may be time to explore entrepreneurship. For example, lifestyle maven Martha Stewart started out as a model at the age of 13. Then, after college, she worked for a stock brokerage for five years before she started her own catering business — which lead her down the home and lifestyle career track. What is your life’s calling? Does your current job enable you to pursue it, either at work or away from it?

They don’t like being away from home and/or family.

This can apply to anyone, regardless of whether you’re single, dating, or have a family — and it can look different for each person. Sometimes being away too much comes in the form of travel, but don’t underestimate the strain that can come from being away from home due to long hours, atypical shifts, or working weekends and holidays. Make no mistake: entrepreneurs who leave the traditional workforce aren’t shying away from the workload or the amount of hours. However, if they’re going to work as much as they do, they just want it to be on their own terms.

If you’re feeling frustrated by the typical “menu” available to you in your career, it may be time to consider branching out into the field of entrepreneurship. Career menus can be helpful — until they’re not. If that’s the case for you, we’re here to support you as you take the leap!

About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO

Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.

She loves LEAP because:

We’re an authentic resource for women who want the nitty-gritty details of running a business. I want everyone to have the same amazing resources I had.

A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.

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