Do you have a dream?
A job that you would love to do?
We may all aspire to a job that we would love to do, but never quite get there. For some people, they may find a dream job, get that job and love it. For others, it may not be so simple. For some people, working for yourself can be just what they want.
Anna has had various jobs during her life. She worked 9 – 5 for many years, but found the routine quite hard to cope with. She went into a care job and began to work shifts, which she enjoyed more. But she still found that it wasn’t fulfilling her. She eventually set up as a freelance writer. She could work when she wanted and how she wanted. It was hard work getting contracts and work at first, but over time, she built up a list of clients and worked full time. She would work at 3am or midday at home or in a coffee shop. She loved this and enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of working like this.
Marla decided to start working at home and set up her own recruitment agency. She worked long hours and hated working alone. She hated being in the house all the time, waiting for the phone to ring. She missed human contact and eventually found a job in another recruitment agency and returned to work, and enjoyed it.
We are not all the same, not all of us want to work for ourselves or work at home. Some of us would love to do that, others would not. But in recent years, there has been a steady increase in self-employment.
Nicholas worked for a painter and decorator and enjoyed it, but wanted to set up his own business. He did and took on any contract he could find. He would paint people’s houses, schools, businesses and so on. Over a few years, his reputation developed until eventually he began to get large scale contracts and took on employees of his own.
When looking at self-employment - be realistic.
Jack loves being outdoors and wants to be a gardener. He starts doing gardening work for a few clients near where he lives. He is good at the heavy manual labour of gardening, but finds that his clients start to ask him questions about what plant would be best in a certain area of their garden or how they deal with pests and so on. Jack doesn’t know the answers, so decides to take horticultural courses to improve his knowledge. He then builds on this knowledge and is able to increases his number of clients.
If you are thinking about self-employment and would like to find out more, why not have a look at some of our eBooks and short courses –
Small Business Start Up
Plant Pests and Diseases
Saving a Business
Working with Animals and Working With People
Starting a Nursery or Herb Farm
Getting Work in the Modern World, Work in Horticulture
How to be a life coach
How to be a Successful Editor