Would you like to be in your own business?

Would you like to be in your own business?

Starting your own business can be attractive for many reasons. This might sound tempting if you’re sick of the “rat race” of the corporate world, working with people who don’t share your values and interests, or worried about downsizing in your company.

I knew at an early age that I couldn’t work for anyone. I came to this conclusion when I worked in a corporation and then worked in a family business. I never liked the idea of people telling me what to do, especially my parents, teachers, and employers. I also couldn’t stand having someone breathing down my neck or criticizing me. I needed the freedom to work at my own pace and be able to try new things as I saw fit.

I instinctively knew that if I ever was going to have any degree of success in this world, then I’d have to chart my own path. I found it more difficult to work for someone else than to start my own business. I knew that I’d have to work harder and take more risks, but I was determined to embark on this journey.

Does having your own business appeal to you? If so, you might want to start assessing your wants, needs, strengths, and risk tolerance level. The questions below can get you started.

  • What are your interests?
  • What activities did you enjoy when you were younger?
  • What activities do you enjoy now?
  • How do you spend your weekends?
  • What skills do you have that you really enjoy working with?
  • What types of people do you enjoy being around?
  • What is your attitude towards change?
  • Can you readily adapt to different situations?
  • Are you good at planning?
  • How well do you handle risk?
  • Are you a self-starter?
  • Do you have trouble making decisions?
  • Are you good at selling?
  • Are you organized?
  • Do you get frustrated easily, or are you persistent?

These questions aren’t meant to scare you, but to give you an idea of what it’s like to be self-employed. As I mentioned previously, I’m on the high side of being highly sensitive and it was easier for me to be my own boss.

You can start your business on a small-scale and even work on it part-time while your working at your regular job. There are many resources to help you. The internet has made it easier to have your own business. The only thing that can limit you is lack of imagination and drive. A lack of money isn’t an excuse for not starting.

Do you think you have what it takes to start  your own business? This is a personal decision that only you can answer. Self employment is not for everyone, but for the right person, the rewards and personal freedom can be well worth the effort! I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Marta Von Runge

    I’ve always wanted my own business. Before my divorce in 2005 I was preparing to go into the doll making business, including teaching others to make them.

    In this economic clime I decided not to proceed until Obama is history. He has made it very difficult on small business with his taxes and regulations. The situation is way too shaky for me to risk my money and my time.

    1. Cliff Harwin

      Hi Marta,

      Don’t put your dreams on hold, regardless of who is President. Believe me, I understand how Government has made it difficult for small businesses. This is nothing new.

      You don’t have to risk your money and time to start your business. Perhaps you can teach classes on doll making with a small investment of time and money. Adult evening classes are always looking for unique classes for their students. Maybe you can go into the doll making business on a small scale by selling your products on the internet or maybe you can consign your dolls to existing shops.

      There will never be a perfect time to start your business. Just start it on a level that you’re comfortable with. Keep me posted on your progress. Us small business people need to stick together!

  2. Douglas Eby

    Thanks, Cliff. A lot of us find “corporate” work is wrong for us. Career change mentor and author Valerie Young writes about a man who was hired to carve elaborate Halloween pumpkins for a Disneyland park. She notes, ‘The fact is, people rarely “get” great work; they create it! Despite all the emphasis on growth in the “job sector,” I am continually amazed at just how many fascinating alternatives there are to the whole 9-to-5 shtick.’ – From article Want to Work for Yourself? Those Dream Jobs Don’t Just Happen, They’re Created http://theinnerentrepreneur.com/want-to-work-for-yourself-those-dream-jobs-dont-just-happen-theyre-created/

    1. Cliff Harwin

      You are so right Douglas! Corporate work is hard for most of us!

      Valerie Young is a friend and mentor of mine. I love her work. She gives many examples of people thinking out the normal job box. I’m amazed too about the many alternatives to the 9 to 5 stick! LOL

      Thanks for the great article from Valerie. She’s such a smart lady!

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