Are you at a point in your life where you feel you are at a crossroads? You have spent a few years building up your business, and bam! The economy throws you a curve ball. Your business isn’t as profitable as you want it to be. So, do you give it up and get the dreaded job? Or do you try to stick it out for another year?

Before you make this life-changing decision, it would be helpful to make a list of the pros and cons. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself.


  • Can you work for someone else? You have been your own boss for some time now. Can you go back?
  • Would a steady paycheck help ease stresses or burdens at home?
  • Would it be nice to leave work at 5 o’clock on Friday and have no worries until Monday morning?


Lisa Riggi of LHR Administrative Services felt that she needed to be able to have flexibility for her family, so a 9-to-5 job was out of the question for her.

At some point in each of our careers, we have had doubts. Are you doing the right thing? Is this really what you are supposed to do?

After you have made your list, think about the answers you have written down. If you have close friends you can confide in, talk with them about your fears.

If you are still undecided after you make your list, you can always get a part-time job. This will show you what it would be like to work for someone else. You could still keep your company to fall back on if you decide that is what you want. Or, perhaps a few years from now, you could restart your company.

Angella Luyk is CEO of Midnight Janitorial Inc. She may be contacted through her company’s website,

This column is written by members of the Rochester Women’s Network (

Originally published in the Democrat & Chronicle on November 23rd, 2010.