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Are You Ready To Be Self-Employed

 Photo Credit: Carl Heyerd 

Photo Credit: Carl Heyerd 

Working for yourself is potentially one of the most satisfying things in the world when you finally get that balance just right. But, it isn’t easy, and just like they say if it is easy it isn’t worth having. So maybe we should talk about how you know you should make the leap from being employed by someone to self-employed.  
 

 Photo Credit: El Alce Web

Photo Credit: El Alce Web

First, you have a passion for things that aren’t your current job.

And, I don’t mean that you love to sleep longer on weekdays, I mean something that you are skilled in, have knowledge in, are good at, and basically, you can see yourself doing for the next 20 years. Your enthusiasm is what is going to get you through the long days and nights while you are setting it all up.

 

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
— Walt Disney
 Photo Credit: Ella Jardim

Photo Credit: Ella Jardim

Second, learning is life.

You believe that learning is a continuous process and you enjoy it. You have skills, and you are competent in a few key areas, but you know that more leaning is only a good thing. Aside from bolstering your CV as it stands, you are going to be getting qualifications that will make you look like a better prospect to prospective investors. You may need to check out business school and see where you can top up your knowledge and get set to turn your passion into a paying job.

 
 
 
Don’t worry about being successful but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.
— Oprah Winfrey

Third, you don’t dither.

Sometimes you are going to have to make tough decisions, but you need to make them one way or the other. Being completely comfortable having 100% responsibility for everything that does or does not happen is going to be part and parcel of being great at what you do. You are the decider, and there is no one to clear it up if you get it wrong (and you probably will a few times). 

Fourth, you are motivated.

When you aren’t motivated, you have the discipline to get you through your day of work. When you have a boss, they usually hold enough authority in your mind to keep you arriving on time and meeting targets. And, even if they don’t the fact you have a contract to adhere to is pretty compelling. With all of that gone, and just you could you still do it? If you never have a problem sticking to commitments, if you know that time = money when you’re self-employed – then you just might be cut out for this

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat; who strives valiantly, who errs and may fall again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming.
— Theodore Roosevelt
 Photo Credit: Jess Watters

Photo Credit: Jess Watters

Fifth, flying solo doesn’t faze you.

You will likely need to arrive at networking events, business meetings, coffee chats, conferences – you name it, you are going to be going alone for a while. Until you meet people in the same field or unless you have a support network that is willing to go with you just so you’re not alone. But really? It is much better to get used to going alone – you won’t feel anxious or out of place after the first one or two anyway. 

Going self-employed is a beautiful thing, and if you make the most of the stuff at your disposal, you’re off to a flying start. 
 

 

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