Stepping Down from A Business Opportunity That No Longer Serves You

Stepping Down from A Business Opportunity That No Longer Serves YouAs your business grows, opportunities that once worked out for you at the beginning of your journey or even midway through your company’s experience may no longer serve you.

There have been a number of different times that I have been offered what seems like a good opportunity to start with, but eventually no longer suited me or my business goals.


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Once, I spent two years writing for free for a website that had a tremendous amount of readership and viewership. Eventually, a paid opportunity to serve as an editor on the site was offered to me.

But what I realized was that the payment was not in line with the amount of work required and the overall hassle required to complete the job. This meant that even something that seemed like a promotion was actually a step back because I would have been much better off writing for free and doing things on my own schedule.

Stepping into a new role or stepping into a role overall that seems to suit your business at the current time is exciting and I encourage you to be professional and to make the most of every networking opportunity available to you when growing your business.

However, over time you may realize that the time commitment, the readership, and audience of that particular opportunity or the mental energy required to stay on top of it no longer suits you.

Many smart business owners, especially those who are looking to take their company to the next level revenue-wise, are constantly evaluating whether or not something is the right fit and eliminating projects that don’t seem to be suited anymore. This is not always easy to do but is something that can be accomplished with a little bit of professionalism.

Stepping down means that you should give the other person time to adjust to your absence. You might want to give them a couple of weeks of notice so that they can find someone else to replace you, if necessary.

In all situations, when I have had to step down, the other party was relatively professional and allowed me a transition period to wrap up the project and pass it off to someone else.

When a business opportunity no longer suits you, you’ll know it in your gut, this will look different for every single person, but you will feel that you no longer wish to continue working on a particular project and should have the courtesy and the professionalism to inform the manager of that project that you will not be continuing.

Simply quitting is never good, even if you don’t intend to return to that project or if you don’t think it’s the right fit for you. Even if you have never met the person responsible for managing that project, you owe them the professional courtesy of advanced knowledge that you intend to walk away from the position.

Laura Pennington

Laura Pennington burned out teaching 7th grade in Baltimore City and realized that traditional education was not for her in the midst of pursuing her PhD in public policy. She launched a freelance writing and virtual assistant career that allows her to work from home on her own time, teaching others how to build at-home businesses and providing content and strategy for major companies like Microsoft. She is a soon-to-be military spouse who has moved four times in seven years with her Navy man. She is a former competitive tap dancer and enjoys spending time with her cats and reading books like a good nerd should.

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