Some people think that self employment is very risky, and that it takes special powers to be able to run a small business.
Others think that working for yourself involves driving a new truck, writing off your lunches, golf every Thursday, and working when you feel like it.
The truth is somewhere in the middle...
One thing I know to be true is that everything is more difficult when you work for yourself. Like high tide rolling in wave after wave, the challenges don't stop surging. Shopping for insurance, getting a mortgage, finding great customers, getting paid regularly, taking a vacation, the hours worked, on and on...it can be a real grind. So if you are in a job you hate and are dreaming of starting your own business, maybe a painting business, you have to know that it won't be easy.
In the end, I've come to accept that easiness is not the objective. And I've come to appreciate that the many challenges have helped me to learn so much, and grow as a person in ways that are hard to put a value on. I can always go back to a regular job if a good opportunity presents itself, and I will be a better employee for my entrepreneurial experience. I will expect certain things from an employer that I wouldn't have in the past, but with that I will also have an appreciation for the benefits that come with a steady pay cheque and an infrastructure of support.
If you want to start a business count the costs before you start. Take steps to minimize the risks. Make a plan to deal with the worst-case-scenario if it becomes a reality.
Just found this interesting article about preparing for a new venture from Dragons Den:
4 Things To Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Day Job
HARD ROAD - Sam Roberts
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