Are You an Entrepreneur Considering Returning to the Corporate World? Why It's OK...
In more than one conversation during the last month, whether it was by Facebook message, email, or phone call, one recurring question has come up.
Does returning to the corporate world mean I've failed as an entrepreneur or freelancer?
Only if you think so.
There are many reasons for returning to corporate world: the benefits, timing of an offer we just can't refuse, a change in family situation, or because we want to leverage what we've built for the benefit of something larger than ourselves.
Now before I get into this post too far, I must provide one caveat. The reason my friends asked me for advice is because I've been there. In 2009, I returned to the corporate world after being an entrepreneur myself. So am I biased? Perhaps. Fair enough. But I'm also happier with my career and more successful than ever.
Let's first define success. For me, success means adding optimal value while being able to continuously build on the college degree and work experience I've honed over the years and remaining challenged. That's always been the definition of success for me.
Two years ago I was definitely receiving more public acknowledgement for my expertise, I was included on a lot more "most influential" lists, and the traffic on my then blog JessicaKnows.com (the url of which now redirects here) had a lot more traffic than this one. I was also regularly quoted in major press outlets. As an entrepreneur, my business was enhanced greatly by my personal brand. But it was my expertise and credibility that won me clients.
Find out where I am now that I made decision to return to the corporate world.