Self Employment... What
does it take?
Working at a job where you are self
employed can be a real life enhancer. But there are certain things
you have to do to be successful over the long term.
The most important thing is you have to be self
You need to be the one to drive yourself. Most people are not self
motivated enough to be able to work a
job where they are self employed. They need to work in a set frame work
with a supervisor managing them and assigning them duties. When you are
self employed there usually is no one there to scold you if you are late getting
started. You are often responsible for a job in its entirety.
It can be a lot of responsibility. If you don't perform well you will not
be employed long. There is far less lenience than in a conventional job.
One of the best ways to stay motivated is to set goals for yourself. You
need to think of things that appeal to you and make you happy. For example
many people are motivated by money. Money is a great tool that can give
you many choices and flexibility. But for some people it might be having
time off. If you love to golf or just want to spend time with your family
planning a day off or several days off might be a great incentive.
Whatever motivates you is what you should choose.
Once you decide what motivates you set it as your goal. Then determine
what you need to do, defined by some level of job performance, to achieve your
goal. For example, you may say that you want to take a four day weekend
with your family and go somewhere fun. You tell yourself that if you
finish your current project before deadline and secure another assignment that
you have earned this reward. This way you will have something to work for.
have to be Organized.
Because you do not have a well oiled
infrastructure to work within when you are self employed it is critical to be
organized. If you don't have anyone working with you that can help you
then take advantage of outside services. For busy people, there are
many inexpensive services to help you stay organized. Voice Mail,
secretary services, full service copy centers such as Kinko's and much
more. If you are a do it yourselfer, there are plenty of software programs
that can help keep you organized like Microsoft Outlook for example.
Programs like this will let you set your calendar and will actually come on and
remind you of meetings and important events. You can also store phone
numbers, email addresses, fax numbers and much more in easy to access
files. Having a sophisticated digital answering machine and email can help
you with ensuring you always get your messages and makes it easy for people to
communicate with you. In addition, you should consider having a fax
machine. You will almost certainly need a computer that is linked to the
Internet with email capability.
technology there is good old fashion filing systems. You want to keep a
calendar and a good filing system. Be sure to keep all your receipts if
you are employed as an independent sub-contractor. When in doubt keep it,
and keep it for seven years.
to have Self Discipline.
One of the most important keys
to success in working independently is having self discipline. If you work
on your own and particularly if you work at home there are plenty of
distractions. You usually will not have a supervisor checking up on you
and guiding you at your work space. You will have to set your own
schedule and maintain it. You will have to get organized and stay
organized. You will have to return your phone, fax and email
messages. Part of staying disciplined is focusing on a goal. If you
have something to motivate you it will help keep you on track. Part of
being self disciplined means following through.
to be dedicated.
Finally, you have to
be dedicated. Being dedicated means that you are committed to your
employer to doing the best job you are capable of. That you will get the
job done even when there are obstacles in your way. You don't give up
easily, that you have persistence. Being dedicated and hard working
is often the top quality looked for by employers. If you are
dedicated you can be sure you will never be out of work. This is a critical
element of success.
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