You’ve had enough of your soul-sucking job and your manager with that evil glint in his eye (yes just the one eye because the other is too busy playing policeman). You have a good head on your shoulders and you know that starting a business will be a walk in the park for you. You’re well-connected and there is no reason why people won’t support you, right? You bite the bullet, punch your clock card for the last time and burn your performance contract on your boss’s desk. You walk out of your job as the fire alarms whine and sprinklers destroy papers, electronics, and perfectly coiffed hairdos alike. You’re burning bridges and taking names like you just don’t care.
Burning Bridges vs. Building Relationships
When quitting your job, there are only two ways to do it. The right way and the wrong way. Whether things have been said or done, it’s important to keep your head high and do the right thing. Serve your notice and work hard during that final phase. You simply never know who is looking. By being a total brat in those final days can cost you a loyal following as old colleagues make wonderful customers. Making things uncomfortable at work and parading your newfound freedom will cost you business and referrals from your previous colleagues.
What If You Need Them Again?
Whether you need to apply for a job with them in the future because things just didn’t work out, or you need their help with a project, your conduct during those last days will make a big difference. There are many business owners who have great working relationships with ex-bosses, as you don’t need to sell yourself to them. They already know what you’re capable of. Any potential client who doesn’t need an introduction is a save on the marketing front.
Your Future Customers May Have Big Circles of Influence
You know you’ve made it as a business owner when your clients invite you to a flashy shindig, and nothing will cause you to hightail it outta there faster than running into that old boss. The very same one who had to have his entire office drained of excess water after that last incident. Turns out your best client is this guy’s son-in-law, and he will do anything to make his beautiful wife’s father happy. Including sacking you as a provider. Didn’t see that one coming, did ya?
You’re Actually a Nice Person
It’s very hard to convince people that you’re trustworthy and loyal when your conduct says something else. When things don’t go your way, it’s better to be the better person and treat the matter with patience. Acting in anger never did anyone any good, and this type of behavior is very hard to disguise for long. Building trust in the world of business is very hard to do and takes very long. This can all be ruined by a single act, therefore, keep it clean.
There is no foolproof way of starting a business, but building solid relationships is a good way to start. Instead of plotting a revengeful exit filled with fire and chaos, rather focus on building your future. Use that fire in your soul for something good and positive and let your success be the best antidote to a life spent at that sucky job.