The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Job Hunting

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Job Hunting

Written by george2007 Monday, 30 July 2007

Entrepreneurs are the heart and soul of any free economy.  If not for the individuals
and small businesses taking on the corporate conglomerates with little
more than their creativity and agility, we would all be overpaying for
a poor selection of products – while the profits line the pockets of
corporate executives and investors.  The salary gap between the
executives and everyday workers is constantly growing, and the average
forty hour work week is gradually expanding closer to fifty or more for
many workers. 

   With the increased cost of living, many
people are forced to work jobs that they are miserable in just to pay
their basic living expenses.  The entrepreneur has a new emerging
problem:  how do you work 40+ hours per week and still find the time to
develop your own business?  Following are some tips for anyone that
wants to escape the rat race and start their own business:

Don’t choose a job based on pay.  That’s right – pay is not the most
important thing.  You should take a job to gain the skills you will
need to operate your business.  Look closely at what your future
business will demand from you.  Which parts are you not quite
comfortable with?  Have trouble approaching people or speaking in
public?  A sales job may be just the ticket for breaking those fears.

2) Choose a job that is not overly demanding of your time.  You will
need time to develop your own business and that isn’t possible if the
only time you have available is after midnight.  Determine what time
you’ll need available to develop your business while working and
negotiate for that time before taking any job.  When a job is first
offered to you is when you have the leverage.  The employer has laid
their hand out and said, “We want you for this position”.  At that
point you should make sure you have the time you need to meet your
ultimate goal of self employment.  If the job is not as flexible as you
need it to be you should be willing and able to walk away.

Fund your business first.  Many people have big plans to break away
from their jobs but never do it for one reason – money.  Not many
people can afford to live a life of luxury and afford to start a
business, so invest in your business first and make do with what’s left

   4) Stay focused and don’t get discouraged.  It’s easy
to get discouraged when you’re working a full time job, your own
personal business on the side AND living modestly to fund all this
work.  You’ll need to stay focused on your ultimate goal in order to
maintain this lifestyle for long.  If your business is something you
truly enjoy, it will be much easier to do, and the feeling will be that
much sweeter when you do finally say goodbye to your full time job.

Unless you have alternate sources of income, being an entrepreneur in
today’s world takes a very strong work ethic.  As full-time jobs suck
up more of our time, there is less and less time for your own personal
endeavors.  That’s why you need to be clear about what you are striving
to be and stay focused on using your job as training for when you
eventually break off on your own.  If done correctly, you can gradually
transition to self employment with little risk and great experience and
the work ethic you’ve developed will help you tremendously as you
venture out on your own.

Joel C. Carlson is the owner of
the How to Write A Free Resume website, which offers a free resume
maker  creator for instantly formatting your personal information into
an attractive, attention-grabbing document.

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