Tim, I can appreciate and understand your struggle, and I hope you’ve now found something to focus on and be in love with every day.
Personally, I do not agree with Gary Vaynerchuk’s quote here.
I was in corporate sales and business development for 10 years, staying about 3 years per job before moving on to the next opportunity, until the last. I was unsatisfied with my work, good at it but unfulfilled.
I took a chance and started getting writing clients on the side, until within 3 months I had actually built a business and quit my day job to pursue it full-time.
That was over a year ago and I’m making more than ever, and actually more than at my corporate job.
I wasn’t always hungering to be an entrepreneur or be my own boss. I love and am friends with my last couples bosses. It wasn’t that I had a need to be an entrepreneur, I simply had a want and a need to be a writer, and becoming an entrepreneur was the simplest route to getting there.
I actually had the opposite approach than what you did. I didn’t build a nice site or get business cards or put together a portfolio or logo or anything.
The very first thing I did was go out and get a couple clients. I reached out on social media and to LinkedIn contacts and posted a free ad on CraigsList and Reddit. Once I got a few responses and got a couple clients, THAT is when I put together my website and fixed up my blog, did research on a better contract, more in-depth research on pricing, got business cards, etc.
Being an entrepreneur wasn’t always my dream, but now that I am living it and have built a profitable business quickly, I get to live my dream of being a writer and editor!
Which is pretty freaking awesome.
For me, my experience in regular jobs and my skills in sales have transitioned very well into entrepreneurship. I learned how business works, client relationships, different departments and how they run, all kinds of business skills.