When you first start your business it is such a leap of faith, and you have such wild and wonderful dreams of how it will be.

The reality however often proves to be very different. Sometimes the business takes off with great zest, only to wind or slow down at a later date. And for others it is more a timid start, picking up as you learn and grow.

The challenge with any business is you just never know. Popular one minute, struggling the next. Any one of us could find ourselves in this predicament.

I started to think about this because several women I know have had to go back to working for someone else because their businesses were just not bringing in enough money to make it work for the family.

That’s so tough, and what a difficult decision to have to make. Yet, it is what it is. When you have to keep a roof over your head, food on the table then you have to do what you don’t want to do. You could say that you have to put on your big girl pants and get on with it.

That doesn’t mean it is easy. It doesn’t mean that you may feel like a failure. And it doesn’t mean that you don’t second-guess yourself as to whether you are making the right decision.

You probably are.   For now.

But here are some thoughts that may make it more bearable:

  1. You are brave. You took a risk and learned from it.
  2. Make the most of your time back in the workplace.
  3. You can be intrapreneurial in the workplace too. Don’t lose your entrepreneurial skills, just use them differently.
  4. Learn new skills when you are there, ones that you could use if you return to your business.
  5. Make new contacts, you may meet some people who can help you down the road.
  6. Enjoy the steady paycheque. (Many of us envy you that)
  7. Sometimes taking a break and stepping back from your business, gives you fresh insights, so next time you know what you need to do.

And keep in touch. We want to hear how you are doing.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.