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Young: There’s a rewarding side to becoming an entrepreneur

Of all the advice I was given when I left my government career, I recall what a friend who launched his own entrepreneurial venture in Saskatoon told me.

“Self-employment, Joel, is not for the faint-hearted,” said my friend.

It has become clear since that downsizing has become a sociological norm in many corners of our world.

And, with the job market tight and many specialized positions at a premium, self-employment becomes more and more of an attractive option.

In my previous government and corporate life, I recall the mantra, we are all self-employed.

It was a call-to-action on how we should treat our internal customers as if we were in business for ourselves.

It is good training for operating your own company because whether you are employed or self-employed, it’s all about getting and keeping customers and building solid, meaningful and long-term relationships with them.

So, practice being self-employed. It may shine a whole new light on how you relate to your customers and clients .

In the world of the self-employed, the greatest reality is you only get paid when you work.

I do miss my government and corporate days when eight hours was a paycheck, even on those seemingly slow days when I caught myself surfing the ‘net for a time.

I was still paid. I got to eat lunch. I was even paid when I went to the nearby mall to find a birthday card for my wife.

Contrast being employed by any organizational entity with being self-employed and on the surface, you would probably say, “ I don’t want to take the risk. I like it where I am just fine. I like the benefits, I like the daily routine, the security, the bi-monthly paycheck.

Guess what, I miss that to at times.

Mostly, I miss the daily interaction with colleagues, friends and clients.

But, there are rewards and trade-offs in the world of self-employment.

The freedom is intoxicating, that feeling of accomplishment is self-assuring, the sense of success is rewarding and working without a safety net is a real confidence-builder and, to be sure, an adventure not to be missed.

Remember, with self-employment via the entrepreneurial way, you, and only you, control your destiny and your income.

Getting up in the morning and walking down the hall to your home office brings on a different kind of rush—and not much traffic at 7 a.m. It’s really not that bad.

So take a good look at this option for your life’s journey. It’s a choice facing a multitude of highly skilled experienced professionals and career workers across our Okanagan region and this province today.

You never know when you might have to trade in your assigned parking spot at the office .

Ultimately, we are all self-employed, aren’t we?

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So let’s look a little closer to this new horizon.

The challenge of self-employment can be overwhelming to a person who has always worked for someone else.

The very idea of self-employment sends ripples of fear and anxiety into the hearts of traditional workers.

Traditional people, it seems, do not seriously think about stepping into the unfamiliar world of self-reliance.

Simply put, most people are followers who don’t want to be independent.

Society has spawned a compliant workforce that happily does its bidding.

So, why would you really even contemplate joining the ranks of the rising tide of entrepreneurial self-employed?

Isn’t working for someone else less risky and just easier?

Quite possibly so, but that is no consolation for some of us, in fact, in to-days world, many of us – as we must step outside the box to find and experience a real life experience.

It’s not about freedom.No one is truly free. It’s about the challenge and satisfying an inner urge for living life to its fullest.

It’s about an adrenalin rush in the risk and facing life in a whole new dimension.

And, in the end, it’s about finding your true self that you may, unknowingly, had hidden for an abundance of your life.

Your approach to entrepreneurial pursuit may be personalized but in the final analysis, your product or service may already have been done over and over in the marketplace . However, there is one big difference between you and the others that have gone before you.

That ingredient, that magic pill that spawns greatness and the dream machine outcome is you.

You are the factor in the entrepreneurial spirit formula.

The depth of your endeavour depends on your ability to perform.

You must prepare to dedicate yourself for battle by making certain you can face the challenges ahead.

But speaking from experience as one who launched several ventures in his life, there’s nothing to it. Your entrepreneurial spirit will see you through the roller coaster ride toward your success train.

Of course, you want to pursue the investigation to become self-employed through entrepreneurship. Doesn’t everyone???

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