Is Getting a Job the Answer When Your Business Isn’t Thriving?

Resiliency in Business, How to Succeed in Your Own Business, Getting a Job, Business Coaching, Life Coaching, Life Design, Life Designer, Online Business Coach
  1. Kate Bacon says:

    Hi Melissa

    I got fixated in “having” to find a job when my business slowed at the 2-3 year mark.

    I got as far as applying for a job and having an interview – at which point the interviewer commented that “I was unlikely to be able to take orders since I’d been self employed for a few years”.

    Never a truer word was spoken – my experience of the corporate world has not been the collaborative experience of having my own clients!

    It gave me the “kick up the butt” to do everything I could to build my business – weirdly enough just with that motivation I won a new client very soon after.

    Whenever colleagues talk to me about “finding a job” I remind them that there isn’t security working for someone else and in fact they have more control running their own business.

    Thanks for the timely reminder, with the latest doom and gloom news from the stockmarket in London today 🙂


    • Melissa Galt says:


      Thank you for affirming my post! Right you are, there is no security better than controlling your own destiny!

      Hugs, Melissa

  2. Beba says:

    Hi Melissa, timely reminder indeed. I think there is a time in people’s lives when they panic about things and panic usually leads us to do or think things we wouldn’t ordinarily do. For some though, getting a job as a temporary measure might help them over the hump. Whatever solves the temporary problem is probably worthwhile but for me personally, I would rather spend many more hours on my business and find ways to make it work. BP

    • Melissa Galt says:


      I agree, what works for some, isn’t right for all. Personally the though of a job leaves me dry mouthed and with watery eyes, I’d rather chew foil! But I’m not everyone . . .

      Hugs, Melissa

  3. Sonya says:

    Okay so maybe you were reading my mind or felt my angst. Thank you for the REAL words of what it’s like to work for yourself. I’ve been dragging my feet to step based on my own fears being echoed through others words. Thanks for ringing the alarm. I’m awake now. SS

    • Melissa Galt says:


      Yahoo! Delighted to hear it. You’ll never work harder than for yourself, but you’ll also never find anything else as rewarding.

      Hugs, Melissa

  4. Cheri Ruskus says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Having been an entrepreneur most of my adult career life there is this myth about going and getting a job. In my experience it holds many an entrepreneur back because it’s their escape hatch instead of fully going for it. The truth is these days is that jobs can be even harder to find than the making your business successful and the “security” of a job is pretty hard to find as well.

    As entrepreneurs we need to get out there and make a difference in the world and find support for ourselves on the days as you mentioned that the challenges are getting the best of us.

    Thanks for the share!

    • Melissa Galt says:


      Great to hear from you! Yes, it can give a false sense of hope and security. The greatest security is knowing you are in charge.

      Making a difference is what it is all about, every day in every way.

      Hugs, Melissa

  5. Michael says:

    Hi Melissa,

    I’m in a slightly different situation, where I’m considering leaving a steady job and setting up a small business with someone else. However, not sure that it is the right thing to do right now in this recessionary economic clomate.



    • Melissa Galt says:


      There will always be reasons to stay in your job if that is what you want to do. There is never perfect timing.

      Even the steadiest of jobs can have sudden changes. Do your homework, weigh your options and move forward. Stuck isn’t an option.

      Oh, and is this something you can begin part time and move into it full time?

      Hugs, Melissa

  6. Margo says:

    Great post Melissa!

    If we don’t do what it takes to make it happen, it won’t. Getting a job is fine, but why not put those committed hours into your own business and take it seriously? Your point is a very good one. Let’s put some fire under our butts and so for ourselves what we otherwise would do for someone else.

    With a little effort, one sale could be more than a months salary working for someone else.

    If we say we want it, then let’s create it. There are scores of very talented tools and people out there to help.

    Melissa. I know you have helped many people. Thanks for your honesty and “get real” voice. Your advice is always solid!

    Keep up the great work of leading people towards success!

    • Melissa Galt says:

      Thanks Margo!

      Yes, setting a fire under our own butts is the only way to go.

      It is often darkest before the light and success requires perseverance and persistence.

      Most have more tools than they need and take less action than is necessary.
      Cheers to forward motion!

      Hugs, Melissa

  7. Mindie Kniss says:

    Such a great reminder!
    Thank you for this, Melissa!

  8. Hi Melissa,

    What an important point to note for struggling entrepreneurs.

    Getting a job to “pay the bills” could be the death of your entrepreneurial career.

    Here’s my deal. I worked my online businesses – and struggled – to the point where I was living off 50 cent bags of planters peanuts for weeks. I walked everywhere – can’t afford gas with $5 in your pocket, and I was over $30K in debt. That’s what drove me. The hunger, and the desire to get out of what appeared to be a gaping hole. If I took a job, I never would have went to that place, and I wouldn’t have been introduced to my higher self.

    I found out what I was REALLY made of during the lean months, because I was hungry, and if I had a J-O-B to fall back on I never would have possessed the intense drive to be doing what I’m doing.

    I work online while my girlfriend and I travel Southeast Asia for the year. Bali, Phuket, Cambodia down, now we’re back in Phuket. I wouldn’t be here if I hadn’t been forced into becoming uber-creative with my biz, and what forced me was a do or die, burn the bridges mindset.

    Thanks for sharing your insight Melissa!


    • Melissa Galt says:


      I’m honored by your share. That is a great story and I know what you mean entirely about burn the bridges. I’ve been there a time or two myself and may yet get there again. I will not give in ever to a job.

      Hugs, Melissa

  9. Brenda says:

    Thanks, Melissa. As the economy gets tighter, cash flow is trickling instead of flowing, getting a JOB has seemed like the bastion of Last Resort. I appreciate the encouragement to do some re-prioritizing and stick with the business my husband and I have. New focus. Maybe more rice and beans to eat, but it will be worth it in the end.

    • Melissa Galt says:


      YES, it will be worth it. Trying times may test your creativity, your focus, and your will but you will come out ahead.

      Hugs, Melissa

  10. Doug Lehman says:

    Melissa good insight and words to live by. Nice motivation and real life case study. That I need to hear at times..Good post

  11. Artie says:

    This is an article that makes you think “never thhougt of that!”

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