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In the last days I have been asked quite many times why I have chosen to leave my corporate job and start my own company. There are obvious drawbacks in starting your own company vs having a corporate job. This is being uncomfortable vs being comfortable.
The corporate job is the one that is structured, someone has taken care of your agenda, of your contract, of your benefits, you receive a salary and you devote your time to the company – usually Monday to Friday, mostly 40 hours per week.
The founder’s job is totally the opposite: you do not know what the day might bring, you take care of everything, you think about the benefits of your employees if you can afford them, your income is unpredictable as you might need to fund your company to pay others. You devote your time and work Monday to Sunday; the number of hours depends on the issues you are tackling and the number of hours may exceed the 40 hours per week.
So why have I chosen to leave my corporate job and to start my own company?
One of the reasons is that I wanted to change the direction of my career and this would not be possible if I stayed back. I wanted to set my own goals and follow my own interests. I wanted to be able to organize my time differently. I have multiple interests and I want to be able to allocate enough time to them without being bound by the corporate time schedule.
For me this was not an easy choice as I have spent many years in a corporation. But after some time, I got used to the thought that I’d need to live on different terms.
What helped me in this process were several things:
I will be always grateful for my time I spent in Shell. Now it is time to start my own journey.
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