It often comes with a pay raise, which is always good. It can represent a boost in responsibility, pushing your career forward.
But here’s a question few have asked—is a promotion the best way to boost your income?
Let’s do the math.
The average income boost from a raise is 3%.¹ If you earn $60,000 per year, then you can expect a raise to give you an annual boost of $1,800. That’s $150 per month.
Depending on your situation, that could make a huge difference for your financial picture. But it pales in comparison to other income-boosting strategies. For instance, changing jobs can boost your salary by 14.8%.² The average annual income boost from starting a business is $14,705.³
Suddenly, 3% doesn’t seem all that impressive!
Again, this isn’t to detract from getting a promotion. It’s a testament to your work ethic and grit.
But if your entire career arc hinges on landing one promotion after another, you may need a better strategy.
¹ “What to Expect from an Average Promotion Raise,” Indeed.com, Feb 22, 2021, https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/pay-salary/average-promotion-raise
² “Average Salary Increase When Changing Jobs Statistics ,” Chris Kolmar, Zippia, Dec 28, 2021, https://www.zippia.com/advice/average-salary-increase-when-changing-jobs/
³ “STUDY: Millions of Americans have a ‘side hustle’ to boost their incomes and pursue their passions,” Vista Newsroom, Aug 1, 2019, https://news.vistaprint.com/side-hustle-study-us
They thrive on flexibility. They need space to be creative. They have to be unrestrained to dream.
Surveys have revealed that 55% of entrepreneurs started a business to become their own boss, while 39% said they wanted to pursue their passion.¹
Why? Because it’s how they’re hardwired. Research has shown that entrepreneurs are higher in both openness to experience and conscientiousness than managers.² In other words, they’re very creative and highly driven.
And those are terrible things to be in many offices. Think about it. The average employment position is not designed to offer freedom—it’s designed to pay you a defined amount of money for a defined job.
Employees often have no creative control over their work. They can feel like a stop on an assembly line. If they work extra hard, the boss may reward them with a promotion. Even then, sometimes there’s little correlation between effort and reward.
Hear this loud and clear—entrepreneurs are not designed for pre-defined limitations.
To thrive, they need freedom.
Freedom to solve problems their way, not according to protocol.
Freedom to focus their energy and efforts toward making their vision a reality.
Freedom to reap the full rewards of their efforts.
Freedom to reach their full potential.
But here’s the catch—freedom requires time and money. And entrepreneurship is the only way to gain this control.
That’s because it places responsibility right where it belongs—with you. You become responsible for solving problems. You become responsible for critical decisions. You become responsible for company culture.
Above all, you become responsible for your own success.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve already noticed that you were built different. The monotony, the boredom, the beige walls of being an employee aren’t for you. You just need an opportunity to spread your wings and claim the freedom you crave.
¹ “39 Entrepreneur Statistics You Need to Know in 2022,” Dragomir Simovic, SmallBizGenius, Feb 25, 2022, https://www.smallbizgenius.net/by-the-numbers/entrepreneur-statistics/#gref
² “Personality Traits of Entrepreneurs: A Review of Recent Literature,” Sari Pekkala Kerr, William R. Kerr, Tina Xu, Harvard Business School, Nov 2017, https://www.hbs.edu/ris/Publication%20Files/18-047_b0074a64-5428-479b-8c83-16f2a0e97eb6.pdf
It’s no secret that there’s an uprising among employees. It’s called the Great Resignation. The cause? The fact that workers…
-Want to earn more money
-Feel burned out and unsupported
-Lack leadership and mentorship¹
And so they’ve quit in the millions.
Can you relate to that? Do you feel like your boss doesn’t really care about your well-being or career? Is your gut telling you that your talents could be earning you more?
Perhaps you’ve worked hard for a raise, only to get passed over in favor of someone less qualified.
Or maybe you’ve explored new opportunities, only to find employers are requiring outrageous qualifications for little pay.
Plan A was getting a promotion. Plan B was getting a new job. And now, both seem impossible.
So what’s next? “Plan E”, the path to entrepreneurship.
Your Plan E leads to the entrepreneur lifestyle—owning your day, working when you want, collaborating with whomever you like.
It’s your escape plan for making a smooth transition from where you are now to the business and lifestyle you want. This plan gives you an easier way by lowering risks and removing obstacles. And most importantly, your ‘Plan E’ can put you in the helping hands of experienced mentors who can guide you on your journey.
Make no mistake—there will always be stumbling blocks along the road to building a business.
But a solid plan can keep you moving forward in spite of those hiccups so you’re not forced to retreat back to employment. It’s the difference between hitting a dead end or hitting the mark.
Any successful “Plan E” must assess…
The Risks that can end an entrepreneur’s dreams
The Reality that the most rewarding success will also be the most painful to earn
The Mindset that you’re either growing or dying
The Answers about which industry and market you’ll serve—and how.
The People you go into business with who are critical to success
The Options of going into business spare-time, part-time, or full-time
The “E-Factor” of becoming a digitally-enabled entrepreneur
You don’t need permission. Once you’ve made your “Plan E”, you’re free to begin your mission. You’re ready to make the move.
If you have any questions about entrepreneurship, let me know. As part of the e2E movement, it’d be my privilege to help guide you from employee to entrepreneur.
¹ “The Real Reasons Workers Are Leaving in Droves? (Burnout Is on the List, but Not at the Top)” Melissa Angell, Inc., https://www.inc.com/melissa-angell/great-resignation-burnout-workers-upskilling-career-development.html