(WARNING: This post is political in nature. You have been warned!)
It’s been over 15 years since I was “brainwashed” into thinking that being my own boss would be a good career choice, and that a job in America was no longer a secure way to make a living. I even tried to “brainwash” others in hopes that they would see the light and give entrepreneurship a try. However, my efforts were in vain. Most people prefer working by the hour, or for a regular salary – it’s the path of least resistance. Even falling job security didn’t seem to scare anyone I knew out of putting their livelihood in someone else’s hands.
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You probably learned growing up that first impressions are everything. This is something that I see several business owners forget time and time again. I’ve seen eBay sellers with poor people skills, a local eBay Trading Assistant with a profile full of negative remarks toward potential clients, and an affiliate manager who talks down to his affiliates. I don’t claim to be a business scholar, but I’ve always believed the first rule of business is the golden rule; treat others the way you’d like to be treated. So why in the world would these people scare away potential customers and clients by being a jerk?
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Once upon a time we lived in an era aptly named the Industrial Age. The rise of industry gave growth to a winning formula: get a college degree and you’d have a competitive edge in the working world. You’d be practically guaranteed a 9-to-5 job with good pay and health benefits. You’d make so much money that your spouse could stay at home and raise the kids. The Industrial Age has long since come to a close, but unfortunately our age-old ways of thinking remain. The rules have changed; will you continue to adapt with them, or cling foolishly to an old mantra that no longer applies?
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There are many great ways to make money without having to work a traditional job. The internet has changed the way we live, work, and do business on a global scale, and with these changes come opportunity. But even with the full knowledge of how to find these opportunities and make money with them, the honest truth is that most people will never end up leaving their day job to be their own boss. Here are three of the biggest obstacles that stop people from becoming entrepreneurs:
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In today’s economy, job security has quickly become a thing of the past. Even those with secure jobs are finding their wages are not increasing with inflation, and that the cost of health insurance premiums is being shifted toward them as employees. With the cost of living constantly on the rise, it’s easy to feel the financial pinch. Starting a business in your spare time can be a great way to supplement, and possibly even replace your job income. You don’t have to invest a huge sum of money, and you don’t have to quit your job to start your own part-time business. Even someone without any business experience can start bringing in a few extra bucks with these simple methods. Here’s how to get started!
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Every now and then, when I tell people what I do for a living I am asked “how can I do that too?” Usually I can’t offer much more than a shrug, but perhaps I can answer it with another question: “Is the lifestyle best suited to you?” Being self-employed has many benefits, but also requires many sacrifices.
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What is entrepreneurship? In the traditional sense of the word, it is starting your own business; creating something out of nothing. To me it’s more than that, though. When most people think of an entrepreneur they think of someone in a suit and tie, perhaps in an office board meeting. In my little world, that’s not what it means to be an entrepreneur.
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