You Cut Out to Be
Is on the Rise
The results of a recent Gallup
poll are in: 57% of Americans
would rather be self-employed
than work for someone else. While
every job has its frustrations,
being self-employed has some definite
advantages. With outsourcing,
downsizing, unexpected mergers,
and other unpleasant workplace
surprises becoming more and more
common, self-employment provides
some sense of being in control
over one's future. If you can't
depend on an employer to treat
you as more than a worker bee
anyway, or if you feel as dispensable
as used chewing gum, you may want
to consider becoming your own
are just some of the reasons self-employment
could be good for you:
have the flexibility to work
your own hours.
can choose where you work.
is a good possibility you
will make more money.
have the satisfaction of seeing
your own ideas succeed (instead
of having someone else take
credit for them).
can choose who you work with-or
can leave the constraints
of corporate politics behind.
does it take to be
a self-employed success?
Is it the right fit for you?
Can you deal with some risk?
Perhaps the biggest thing that
keeps people from starting a business
of their own is the vision of
the disappearing paycheck. A good
way to deal with this fear is
"Don't quit your day job."
It may be a bit tough for a while
to work at your old job while
you get your own business off
the ground, but it's a technique
many have used to succeed. Another
possibility is to save up enough
money for six months' living expenses
before you start your new venture.
That way, you can devote your
full attention to turning it into
a money-making proposition.
Networking and building relationships
is one of the main pathways to
success for the self-employed.
Make a list of all the people
you know right now who would be
helpful to you if you became self-employed.
Everyone you know is a potential
source of revenue for your business.
Introduce yourself to other small
business owners. Join community
organizations. Make contacts at
Job Fairs. Scour the Internet.
Check the yellow pages and the
newspaper, and make a list of
people and organizations that
may be of help to you.
you listen and observe?
As a self-employed person, you
won't be simply trotting off to
work at the same predictable job
every day. It's important that
you listen to what's happening
in your neighborhood, your community,
and in the business market in
general. What are the trends?
What do people seem to want or
need? Being able to respond to
wants and needs makes you valuable
and will bring you revenue. Doing
a good job will increase word-of-mouth
advertising. It's especially effective
in small enterprises where you
may not have a lot of money for
must also listen to your clients.
Encourage them to ask you questions
about anything they don't understand.
Another kind of listening that
is helpful is the ability to read
between the lines of what clients
you energetic and positive?
Some people swear that in a corporate
job, attitude is everything-that
you can get away with almost anything
if you convince them you're a
team player and that you really
care about the company. As a self-employed
person, you should be able to
project an energetic, positive
attitude about your
company. If you can sound successful
and upbeat from the get-go, you're
you have self-discipline?
People who work at home love to
joke about the "long commute"
from the bedroom to the computer
room. Every day of the week is
Casual Friday. While a much more
relaxed atmosphere and dress code
are certainly major advantages
of being self-employed, you will
still need to designate a period
of time for work, and you will
need to stick to it. The great
thing is that you'll be the one
to decide how long and when you
you willing to learn?
You don't have to have an MBA
to be a self-employed success.
There are plenty of successfulpeople
who didn't even finish high school.
But you must be willing to learn
the things you need to know to
run your business. This could
mean learning a new computer program,
developing a basic bookkeeping
system, or learning to write sales
letters. There is plenty of help
available on the Internet, and
you can probably take some relatively
inexpensive adult education classes
at the local high school or community
college if you need to. If your
business really takes off, you
can hire other people to do some
of the tasks you feel are wasting
your time. Once again, the Internet
is a great source for accounting,
legal, and writing services.
to Get Started
If you decide to launch your own
business, the first step you should
take is some self-examination
and some research. What are your
strengths, and how much time do
you want to devote to your business?
What is there a demand for? What
business would you enjoy?
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