PPF Posts by Jamie Werner
by Jamie Werner
November 25th, 2015

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

We’ve all said it to ourselves. “If I did this on my own, I could make so much more money.”

I know I’ve said that in the past. For the most part, we’ve all started out working for someone else to get our feet wet. Then, a moment comes—or maybe a few—that cause us to re-evaluate where we are, who we work for, or what we want to do moving forward. That moment of “clarity,” however, might be misguided without thoroughly thinking it through. So here’s a quick go-to guide on how to tell if you should stick with your company or make the change.

Find a Mentor

First and foremost, you must find a mentor. This is the best advice I could ever give someone. Having a sounding board that has experience in either the business you are in or is just a successful person professionally will give you solid feedback and honesty in the time of need. They’ll give you advice based on experience instead of biased opinions that won’t help you.

If you trust them enough to go to them for advice, it’s probably a good idea that you follow through with some of their suggestions. That way, they’ll keep working with you. If you ignore their advice or don’t follow through, they’ll stop pouring into you. Mentors give advice for free as long as they feel it’s being valued by the recipient.

Why So Unhappy?

The next step is to figure out why you’re unhappy. Is it because of your pay, environment, lack of stability or growth in your position, or maybe you just have the itch to work for yourself instead of someone else? If the reason is something that can be fixed, you should approach management or ownership to take the issue head on. If given the opportunity to keep a valuable employee, most in that position of control will make it right.

On the other end of the spectrum, is your issue with the company a valid one? Are you as valuable as you think you are? Even owners can show signs of laziness or inabilities to accomplish certain tasks because it’s just not in their skillset. Recognizing if there’s room for improvement in any aspect and developing a pathway to achieve that can lead to a renewed gratitude for your position in the company.

Should You Go?

If your boss changes your work role, like you asked, but your perception of the company still doesn’t change, that’s when it’s time to make a choice. You’ll need to figure out if you want to change the environment for a better opportunity or take the step of going into business for yourself. Both are very hard decisions to make and weighing all the factors will help you make a more informed decision. Going into business for yourself is a different set of expectations and exposes you to things you probably of which you probably aren’t aware.

In the end, it’s always important simply to do better. If that means you have to try to be a better employee or installer, then so be it. If that means starting your own company and providing a better quality service and product than your current employer, then step up to the plate. Either way, find someone off of whom you can actually bounce your frustrations and ideas. They’ll help you navigate your decisions and find the best possible future.

Exceed expectations every day!

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