Confessions of the Professions

Your Source for Understanding the Workplace
Back to HTML Cache
Back to Original Confession

Should You Work For Yourself? [Infographic]

Posted by Confessions of the Professions in Confessions

Gisele Navarro

http://www.neomam.com/

 

MyPost: create beautiful simple web pages in minutes with just a few clicks!
The Daily Dot Store: the leading destination for stylish accessories, gadgets, everyday carry essentials & more!
PROMOTE: Place a Text Link on this Confession ONLY

The views, opinions, and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments on this website are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of Confessions of the Professions thereof. By reading the following article, you do not hold responsible Confessions of the Professions or any contributing authors for the content of this confession. Viewer Discretion is Advised.

In Business For Yourself

Working for Yourself

Business culture has changed more than ever over the past couple of decades, and there are countless new tools to help individuals and small start-ups to build success upon success. Chances are, when you look around you, you see your peers variously struggling and flourishing with their new businesses, and you admire their courage, perhaps even with a little healthy jealousy. If you, too, are full of ideas, then jumping the boat of your current employment to start your own concern is a tempting possibility – but regardless of your talent, it’s a move that requires some deep soul-searching before you go ahead.

Even if you have your sights set on a leadership position, it doesn’t mean that it has to be within your own company. Plenty of great leaders have worked their way up existing structures, learning the business from the inside, and always with the security to take chances when allowed. But if you’re of the nature where you can’t wait for permission and you’re willing to fly by the seat of your pants when taking risks, you’ll end up understandably frustrated in such a position.

Unfortunately, it’s not all about our preferences and ambitions, but also our abilities. If you go it alone, you’re going to need to be adaptable. You may need to learn aspects of web design, accounting, and management in addition to those skills you’re already using in your current position. Of course, once you’re established you can take on more employees to apply their expertise to different aspects of your business, but even then you will need to be curious enough to maintain a working knowledge of every area if you are to guide your idea to enduring success.

So before you make any big decisions, take a look at this new infographic, which outlines some of the skills and dispositions you’ll need to foster if you do decide it’s the entrepreneurship route for you – and how to go about making that transition once you’re ready.


Should You Work For Yourself? [Infographic]

Click to open / Right-click for save options

PDF Version


Text-Friendly Version

SHOULD YOU WORK FOR YOURSELF?

Ever thought about working for yourself?

Setting up shop on your own is a big decision with lots of considerations, but the first step is finding out whether it's the right move for you.

DO YOU HAVE A BUSINESS IDEA?

6

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE WORKING FOR YOURSELF

Assuming you have a strong idea and you're ready to go for it, remember the following:

  1. RESIGN WITHOUT BURNING BRIDGES
  2. ENSURE YOU HAVE SAVINGS TO FALL BACK ON
  3. FOCUS ON CASH FROM DAY ONE
  4. START SELLING AS A PRIORITY
  5. SET A GOAL WITH A DEADLINE TO ACHIEVE
  6. PREPARE FOR THE LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Whether you're thinking of branching out on your own now or in the future, being an entrepreneur is both an exciting and risky move, so it needs to be considered carefully. Ensure the time is right and follow these tips to get off to a great start.

THE BUSINESS BACKER



If you enjoyed this confession, make sure you subscribe to the Confessions RSS feed!
You can also follow Confessions on Twitter.
You can also subscribe to the Weekly Confessions Digest.

(


Advertisements

 


Back to HTML Cache