April 13, 2016
I worked for years at a single company. I started right out of college with a tech position at a midsize company. Over the years I was promoted multiple times. After 15 years I ended up with a vice president position where I was making a good six figure income. The business was good to me and I gave it many of my best years.
I was promoted and given raises every few years. Here was my progression:
45K entry level
60K starting to manage a few employees
90K director of a department
130K VP responsible for multiple departments.
I stayed at the VP level for three years. I was comfortable. Well guess what happens next? Yup, my comfortable job got a bit less comfortable. Our company was acquired in late 2014. Luckily (or so I thought) I was offered a position at the parent company. I was even offered a raise, a great title and a similar level of responsibility. I took the new position and started working. At face value my situation was improved. However, there were two problems…
Becoming an entrepreneur is scary. We all have our tipping points. I was finally at mine.
So now I am almost a year in. I now have a successful consulting business that is growing. I am doing my best to not take my current success for granted. I realize that the markets could shift or I could lose a handful of my top clients overnight and I would have to start over.
At this time I am not becoming complacent. Instead, I am expanding and focusing on growing additional sources of income. I hope that I am getting smarter as I get older. Only time will tell.