Is Entrepreneurship a Flexible Career Option?

  • March 27, 2009 by Corbett Barr
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Like many things, the answer depends on other factors. The simple answer is that yes, entrepreneurship can be a flexible career option. It’s your choice after all.

There are unlimited options for entrepreneurs. The common thread is simply that you are assuming some risk and organizing and operating a business venture. That’s a broad group of people. The characteristics of the risk, organization and operating nature of the business are for you to decide upon.

Being an entrepreneur generally means that you’re making the decisions (in the early stages at least). But before you dive into creating The Next Great Thing, you should take a minute to consider the type of lifestyle you’re looking for.

For instance, do you want to be able to put the entire business on hold at virtually anytime you wish? That’s a difficult order, but it can be done. Or, do you just want to be able to step out of the office anytime you need to?

Maybe you want to have unlimited earning potential. Or, maybe you want to be able to perform your work from anyplace on Earth. It could be that you want to get the business to a stable place, then hand over day-to-day operations to a trusted manager. There are endless lifestyle design questions to ask yourself.

One of the attractions people have to becoming an entrepreneur is not having a boss. In most cases, you will be your own boss, at least in theory. The truth is, however, that you’re basically trading a boss for some other entity that judges your work product.

As an entrepreneur, you can start just about any type of business to suit your needs. We’ll take a look at several options and consider the flexibility of each for the entrepreneur in some upcoming posts.

Are there any types of entrepreneurial ventures you’d like to hear about? Let us know in the comments!

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Dave Gardner March 27, 2009 at 10:08 am

Nice post. Our schools should be teaching “entrepreneurship” rather than just supposedly preparing folks for “jobs”. As you can see with our current unemployment dilemma, folks are out of jobs. And those on the “record” are only the ones who’ve applied for help. There are many of us here who are “unemployed” but who have chosen (or have been required) to not be considered for that “unemployment insurance” help.

So, what are we doing? We are scrambling to make money (aka “create an income”) in other ways.

Some of what we try won’t work. Some will. The key to success is to not give up. Keep trying. Keep learning. Don’t get discouraged.

If you still want the “security” of a job but still be in more control, consider a franchise or some other business with an established “system” you can follow. Systemized businesses tend to do better–because many of the bugs have been worked out.

This is a cool website… I’m looking forward to visiting it often to see what new goodies pop up.

Dave
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Corbett Barr March 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

Great points all around, Dave. The unemployment statistics are definitely flawed in the U.S. More and more people are choosing to leave the “security” of a job for the flexibility and potential upside of self employment. Thanks for reading, and best of luck with your entrepreneurial endeavors!

Javanx3d April 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Great article. It seems like the two things we’ve gotten away from in the U.S. have been encouraging the ‘Entrepreneur” mindset and for those that are not good communicators, the “Trade” mindset. We’ve sorely lacked in both areas in recent memory, and hopefully start to catch up!

Corbett Barr April 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for the comment. I suspect that entrepreneurship and trades will both become more popular career options as corporations continue to announce bankruptcies and layoffs.

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