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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 boss.
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 don't.
can leave the constraints of corporate politics
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
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 promotion.
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 are saying.
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 own company. If you can sound successful
and upbeat from the get-go, you're halfway there.
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 will work.
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
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