"Sadly, this is business as usual for this organization. Most of the employees have been even less successful in getting support than I have been. So I started thinking about how the system could become more efficient and simplified still. I approached the CEO about it. He blew me off. I don’t think he believed I could get it done.
"I came to find out our client had been asking for changes similar to the ones I had put in place, and my company was blowing off the customer as well. Then I entered a regional competition for new business. I took runner-up; I received some important resources and most importantly of all, I have made important connections that helped to push my new business to the position it’s in now.
"The more I thought about my situation, the more I realized I could create and run a viable business myself. Following the steps in the article, I put together a plan and started doing research about the market and possible competition. As this set of events has come together, I have been contacted by one of the largest corporations in the world and by several state agencies. They want to see what I have, and they want my product in hand as soon as it’s ready.
"I haven’t launched yet, but I am getting close. The closer I get, the more customer interest I’m getting. I am going to launch very soon, and as the time gets closer I am more and more excited about my decision to “Fire my boss.” I know it’s going to be a long and hard road, but I am ready to fight. I know that as long as I do what I say, and as long as I keep the customers and my own employees first in my mind, I will make it."
A very inspiring story. If I were a betting person, I’d take every chance on this emerging entrepreneur. He knows the path will be filled with hard work, but he is taking the steps and making the preparations to ensure he has a viable product, and he has found customers in advance who are willing to buy his product for the price that he needs. He is thinking about his customers first, his future employees second, and is ensuring that he creates a company culture that will serve his employees and customers well.
Are you ready? Is 2013 the year you will take the same challenge and tell your own boss goodbye? If statistics hold there will be 500,000 new businesses launched in the U.S. every month of this year. If you plan to start a business or you are looking for career options to allow you to become your own boss, please read my article again and be sure you are well prepared in taking each of the steps I’ve described.
There are many resources emerging. In fact, I will shortly provide more details on the national program for Grow America's business competitions (and free resources for entrepreneurs). Until then — happy reading and happy planning. Perhaps this is the year you will become an entrepreneur.
Alan E. Hall is a co-founding managing director of Mercato Partners, a regionally focused growth capital investment firm. He founded Grow Utah Ventures, is the founder of MarketStar Corp. and is chairman of the Utah Technology Council.