What do you do if you are long term unemployed, your employability is almost drained away and you have no prospects? What do you do if you are a mid thirty something, have three kids to feed, and the prospect of having a completely flexible schedule has really started to bring you down? What do you do if you can’t bear the thought of spending your working life helping someone else to get rich. What do you do when you yearn to be your own boss?
You join the ranks of entrepreneurs, is what you do.
This generation has seen a transformation of the way we work that has enabled increasing numbers of people to become successful small-scale entrepreneurs, than ever before. The time is rife to join the self-employment revolution. Modern technology has made it so that any one man band business can look ‘the business’ and make profit.
As it turns out, more people are taking the plunge to join the ranks of the entrepreneurial classes.
Traditional ‘full time’ jobs are becoming rarer, and underemployment is at an all-time high in established western economies. Things look bleak. Fear not though, you’ve found this site now. Be assured that there has never been such an opportunity for individuals to start new businesses. Taking up entrepreneurship has never been a more realistic option to overcome unemployment, make underemployment someone elses problem, perhaps dare I say it…. even get rich.
Whereas a normal office or retail space was a necessity not as much as a decade ago, today, due to the rise of virtual office services and co-working spaces, working from home or Starbucks is the new norm.
But needless to say, all this begs the question – how exactly do you get started? When someone decides to go the self-employment route, the method usually goes something like this:
I’m ready to start my own business because [I happened to be fired, I’m away from work, I hate my boss . . .]
I finally get to do my own thing!
I am so happy that I am going to be [a programmer, graphic designer, florist, cupcake seller, etc.]
Hold on a minute, how are you going to get business?
The fact is, when people become self-employed, they may know a lot about the particular business they are going into, but more frequently than not, they don’t know a lot about business itself. What now? when you own your own business, or would you like to, and don’t know much about marketing advertising, insurance, taxes and also the rest?
There are many online business resources you might head to, including Gov.uk and www.entrepreneur.com, and if you will allow me a shameless plug, I wish to suggest that this new site that I have been working on for the past year is a worthy addition to this list:
YourBusinessCoach.net is an internet portal for all things self-employed. The site aims to end up being your one-stop-shop, for all you need to know, to have a fun and successful entrepreneurial journey. Here on the pages of the site, you will find relevant articles, how-to videos, podcasts, forums, and special deals which can be all deigned specifically for the self-employed.
Whether you use this site as your bible or not, congratulations if you too are joining the entrepreneurial army. If you do it right, you are on the cusp of the new way of work, and hopefully, you will have great fun along the journey.
Meet our founder…
Richard D. Strauss
Often referred to as, “typically the most popular small company columnist in the usa,” Richard is the senior small business columnist for USA TODAY, composer of 14 books including the best-selling Single Entrepreneur Business Bible.
Richard is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, BBC News, MSN News, and several other internationally recognised media outlets. A highly popular and entertaining speaker from the lecture circuit, he regularly speaks around the country and around the world about small business strategies and global trends in business.
Richard is also often asked to be the small business spokesperson for companies like Apple, Bank of America, About.com, Staples, etc.
He also hates mayonnaise.