4 years ago this month I was asked to leave one of the largest contingency recruiting firms that I’d been with for 10 years. I had reached burnout and the grace to carry struggling recruiters had ceased regardless of past success as my company went from 40 recruiters to 10 in no time. As I sent my resume out to sales gigs I had offers left and right for jobs that paid $35k-$40k plus commission to sell a widget.
An independent recruiter and friend called me and reminded me that I wasn’t burned out on recruiting but actually just burnt on being an employee. He was absolutely correct! From 18 years of age I had always been an entrepreneur and desired to own and operate my own company. I sincerely believe that desire led me down a path of becoming a headhunter because it taps into that independent streak of character we have which doesn’t fit in the corporate world. After a long conversation with my friend he reminded me that I was made for this business.
So there I go… Into the world of no draw against commission, No benefits unless I bought them myself, and no tech support when my computer starts failing. Now it’s time to spend money on Websites, Job Boards, renting an office, phone systems, and an ATS. In the early days it was always money going out and NONE coming in.
Here I am.. 4 years later I am incredibly thankful that I took the plunge. My life has completely changed.
I never thought I could do ANYTHING for more than 2 years without getting bored. I honestly have to pinch myself at times what I have before me. Imagine... unlimited income, complete freedom and independence to work with any client and any industry that you deem best.
Not to mention
1) I’m not closing deals to make my manager happy
2) I’m not a hero when I bill and a zero when I blank
3) I make calls that lead to money not to meet a phone goal
4) I get the whole placement outside of Obama’s portion
5) I set my goals which suit me and not my boss
6) I work wherever I want whenever I want.
7) I work 7 days a week and love it with no regrets
8) I vacation when I want in a moment’s notice
9) I decide who to work with and what rate
10) No meetings that interrupt real productivity.
Is it your time to go out on your own?
Just might be the best decision you could ever make!
Note: I am not anti-agency or staffing firms.. I am very thankful for the opportunity I received to learn this business from my past employers!