6 WAYS TO KNOW IT'S TIME TO GO INTO BUSINESS FOR YOURSELF March 2, 2018 | Franchise | small business , inspection industry , entrepreneur , veterans By Shauna Nilsen, NPI, Inc.'s Recruitment Coordinator Do you have a feeling you might be cut out for small business ownership? If any of these points describe you, you may be on to something. Here are six ways to know it’s time to go into business for yourself as a National Property Inspections franchise owner. You want to make money. This one is a no-brainer. If you feel as though you’ve maxed out your earning potential according to your current industry’s standards, the best way to make more money may be to go into business for yourself. When you’re your own boss, how much you make is only limited by your own level of dedication. The more time and energy you devote to your business, the more money you can potentially make . You aren’t fulfilled. It’s normal to get into a work rut every once in a while. The daily grind can be tough and we’re only human! But if you’re consistently feeling as though there’s something missing in your professional life, it could be time to make a change. According to a recent Gallup study on the American work place, up to 51 percent of the 100 million full-time employees surveyed aren’t “engaged” at work. This means they have no connection to their job (or company, for that matter) and tend to accomplish the bare minimum by choice. Another 16 percent are outwardly disgruntled and don’t hold back when it comes to dragging down office morale. Sound familiar? We’ve all worked with these types and maybe we’ve even experienced these feelings. It’s time to stop being a statistic. If you’ve come to resent your work routine and even vacations just aren’t helping anymore, your current career may have run its course. You’re motivated to make a change. They say you should strike while the iron is hot. The same rings true when it comes to motivation. If you’re feeling motivated to make a change in your professional life right this minute, why wait? For any given decision we face, there may be hundreds of reasons not to make a move. But nothing extraordinary would ever happen if none of us took a leap to chase something better. You have big ideas. Big ideas can be difficult to put into motion when you’re working for someone else. Whether you’re trying to make the case for a company-wide change that’s falling on deaf ears or you just don’t have time to make your dreams come true after work, your creative needs may not be met. If you’re tired of saying “I told you so!” at work, you’re probably cut out for bigger and better things—like owning your own business. You have a diverse set of skills to offer the world. If you’re a career veteran or hold multiple degrees, you may find yourself with several skills that aren’t being put to use. With a diverse range of experience, it can be a challenge to create a resume that sums up what you have to offer. If you’re tired of always leaving something out when marketing yourself to potential employers, it may be time to stop trying to fit into a box. When you start your own business, you naturally wear multiple hats—at least until it’s time to hire employees. While you may not be a natural at every aspect of small business ownership, you’ll still get to flex far more muscles than if you were stuck in your current one-note role. And you’ll inevitably learn even more along the way. You want to make a difference. Wanting to make a difference goes right along with fulfillment. For many of us, being fulfilled means leaving a positive mark on the world. If you don’t feel like you’re doing “enough” in your current field, starting your own service-oriented property inspection business may be the perfect option for you. As a property inspector, you play a key role in one of the largest (if not the largest) investments a person will make in their life. You assist them in preparing for homeownership and help keep entire families safe by discovering a home’s potential hazards. Best of all, you’ll accomplish all of this and more right in your own community. It's time to take the next step. Visit our franchise site to sign up for a free information packet today! Or, give us a call at 402-333-9807 to speak with a staff member. About the Author Shauna Nilsen, Recruitment Coordinator Shauna has 12 years experience in research and development of policies and procedures, and training manuals. She started at NPI in our National Accounts department, assisting with placement and follow-up of all inspection orders and invoicing. Shauna now leads NPI's Recruitment Department to onboard new NPI and GPI franchisees.