Are you your own boss?
Sounds great doesn’t it? May be glamourous, having your own business and being your own boss! DO YOU have the drive and ambition to do it? Or, is it a procrastinating idea in corner of your mind and your subconscious is saying….’one day’ eh!
Losing or leaving your job could be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Rather than getting a new job, you might want to start up in business yourself and use your skills, experience and contacts to be your own boss.
Many people consider self-employment at some stage in their lives. Being your own boss, enjoying the financial rewards and job satisfaction sounds very appealing. But it’s a big leap, so it’s important to think carefully first.
Now for the bad news
New business start-ups are notoriously fickle and most end in failure. You could end up working ridiculously long hours, dealing with all the red tape, and investing a lot of money, only for the business to fail in the end.
Fortunately, when it comes to starting your own business, there’s plenty of help and advice out there.
Government-backed advice services around the UK will help you with everything from creating a business plan and researching the market, to finding finance and recruiting staff.
So, depending on where you live, they should be your first port of call.
- England – Great Business
- Wales – Business Wales
- Scotland – Business Gateway
- Northern Ireland – InvestNI
Here is some sound advice fro the NCS (National Career Service). Ironically, I was involved in the admin and redevelopment of this site about 18 month ago. It all comes around.
I’d wanted to go out on my own for years, but never had the courage to do it. My Dad did it but I saw him build a good business only for it to suffer at times. He did struggle and had no support like we have today, all he had was his Bank Manager. However, when he retired, he had a viable and trusted business to sell on to someone else.
As an employee, you get too comfy don’t you, what with overtime, pension and company car? Sound familiar? But after the 5th employee reorganisation of the Organisation I worked for, I realised it was just the opportunity I needed. I used some of my money to buy new and second-hand gear, and convinced a few contacts who in the past asked for my expertise and service in digital business set-up to give me a call. It started slowly but now, 7 months later, the business has going good, little steps at first but going from strength to strength.
I keep in contact with former work colleagues, new business contacts and learn and receive support from them and in turn I try to help them too. It can be a lonely place to be as your own boss. You need to be single minded, motivated and prepared to take risks. Oh, and there’s the Monday morning Blues too.
Do you have what it takes to be your own boss?
Kelvin – Technical Director – OneDigitalMediaUK