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How do I leave my day job and start my own business?

Posted by admin on October 3, 2014

summer-walking-976587-m.jpgRecent studies from Moonfruit, a website building firm, have shown that more than half of British workers (56%) confessed their fear of failure is stopping them from turning a potentially game-changing idea into a real business. For many entrepreneurs, it's the flexibility of self-employment that spurs them to take a leap of faith and say goodbye to their jobs.

One success story they quote is Anna, who gave up her job as a post-woman to start her own dog walking and boarding business, Best Paw Forward, in January 2012. Only months later her husband, Dave, left his Royal Mail Management role in order to join her.

“I’d stuck at my job for 20 years and realised that I wasn't enjoying it any more. I wanted to try something different, and the clincher for me was when a lady who I delivered post to started her own dog walking business. I occasionally helped out in my spare time and I fell in love with it” Anna says.

Despite having a financial cushion in the form of redundancy packages, Anna and Dave both knew that the success of their business rested on thorough market research and having the right location – which in their case was Heaton in Bolton, Lancashire.

Dave stated, “There was no one in the area offering anything similar; a very personal service where we looked after dogs in our own home … More and more people are now choosing home-based pet care over kennels.”

Getting the first few customers on board was their biggest challenge. However, as their name spread around the local network of dog owners, driven by their use of social media (Facebook, in particular) – the business grew surprisingly fast.

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