Would you like to be self-employed?

Would you like to be self-employed? I made a conscious decision at a young age to have my own business. I didn’t necessarily have a burning desire to do this, but I decided it was the best way to support myself. Being the non-conformist that I am, I found it more stressful to work for someone else than to be self-employed.

Here are some advantages of self-employment:

* You set your own schedule and choose your own hours. As a highly sensitive person, I needed to have the flexibility to work at my own pace.

* You don’t have to ask permission to do anything. I never liked to ask permission for anything. This includes seeking permission from my parents and teachers.

* Typical self-employed people earn 45% or more than a normal j-o-b. Looking back on my thirty-five years of being my own boss, I definitely have earned more money than working for someone else.

* You don’t have to deal with co-worker drama. If you’re a highly sensitive person, this is a welcome relief.

* Increased job satisfaction. You have the independence and freedom to try new ideas. Being on the high side of being highly sensitive, I need to flex my creative muscles.

* Spend less time commuting. Who likes to waste time commuting to work?

* You can create your own work environment and concentrate in a less stressful atmosphere. Who wouldn’t want this?

* You develop different talents. By this I mean when you’re self-employed, you’re involved in many different activities. You have to have a basic knowledge of finances, marketing, and being able to communicate with different types of people.

* You can set the times to be with family and friends. Again, you don’t have to ask permission to go to an important event without repercussions.

Here are some characteristics of self-employed people:

* Commitment to see things through from conception to completion.

* An ability to network, either in-person or through the internet.

* Having the confidence to take ownership of projects/developments.

* The ability to take initiative.

* Good persuasion and negotiation skills.

* Strong decision-making skills.

* An ability to work quickly under pressure.

* Confidence to take risks when necessary.

* An ability to work independently.

I want to emphasize that you don’t need all of these characteristics when you first start your business. You might consider an internet business. You can learn and grow at your own pace.

Being your own boss doesn’t need to be an all or nothing proposition. You can do it in conjunction with what you’re doing now. Perhaps you can have multiple sources of income. There are many options. The only thing that can hold you back is YOU!

If you can work long and hard, tolerate risk and stress, cope well with potential disaster and failure, and work well alone and with others, then perhaps self-employment is right for you. If not, then perhaps you should keep your j-o-b.

Would you like to be self-employed? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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