Run a Company…or Work for One?
Entrepreneur|June 2021
You may own a business, but what happens when you get a great job offer from someone else? Here’s how to decide your next move.
ADAM BORNSTEIN

I run a small business, but a big company just offered me a great position with more money than I’m making now. What do I do? —ELIZABETH, SEATTLE

IT’S IRONIC, isn’t it? Entrepreneurs love being their own boss—but because they’re action-oriented, big-thinking, hardworking people, they’re also the kind of people employers want to snatch up.

Of course, it’s nice to feel valued. While that doesn’t make your decision any easier, it is a good foundation to build from: No matter what, you won’t mess this up. I’ve been in your situation several times, and I’ve tried three different approaches. Here’s how you can figure out what’s best for you.

OPTION 1/ Stay with your business.

A few years after I started Born Fitness and Pen Name Consulting, a Fortune 50 tech company asked if I would help lead a new business venture. I loved my companies, but the offer was enticing and came with a flashy title and a big salary, so I heard them out.

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