Being your own boss... an entrepreneur... Owning your own business... Does this career choice appeal to you? If so, you are not alone. A recent international study asked people which they would prefer: being an employee or being self-employed. A whopping 71% in the U.S. said they would prefer to be self-employed!
And, yet, only about 10 percent in the country are self-employed. Why?
There are many reasons. For example, many people view it as too risky; about half of new businesses disappear in the first five years. Many are also concerned about the loss of health benefits from their present employer. But, for others, the advantages of business ownership outweigh the risks:
- You get to be your own boss.
- Your hard work and long hours directly benefit you, rather than someone else.
- Your earning and growth potential are expanded.
- Running a business can be exciting, challenging, and fulfilling.
So, is self-employment for you? To help you, we have created a companion website, the Self-Employment Key®.
There you will find a special form of the Career Key test that matches your personality with occupations in which 10 percent or more are self-employed. In other words, it will point you to occupations where the self-employment opportunities are best -- that match your personality! It's the only test of its kind.
And, you can use the test results later, here at the Career Key website. Just keep a copy of your scores.
The test also measures two personality traits that new research shows are related to success as an entrepreneur and business owner.
The Self-Employment Key also has many self-help modules that will guide you in learning about entrepreneurship and making good decisions -- based on the best practices of professional counselors and scientific research.