A growing number of people are leaving the safety net of fixed employment to chance their hands at self-employment. Some of them do it through necessity, or as a result of redundancies, others seize on what they regard as opportunities.
When I first started my career counselling business back in New Zealand in 2000, a mentor I was seeing at the time told me how he considered my move to be quite courageous. He knew that I had given up a career in the Police Force to pursue my interests and these pursuits led me to self-employment. I hadn't considered it as being courageous as I felt I was lucky when things just fell into place for me, like bumping into an old colleague who was looking to take someone on in his business which involved assisting people with disabilities back into work. Once he knew I was almost finished my Diploma in Careers Counselling, he asked when I could start. Two years later I saw an opening with this work and was able to secure my own contract with this organisation. That led to the creation of my company Career Essentials Ltd which is still operating today.
Today many are starting their own businesses whilst still employed. This is a much safer way to jump into self-employment, especially with internet based businesses which are becoming increasingly popular amongst todays entrepreneurs.
I believe it has never been easier to start your own business, especially an internet based business. Technology has come ahead in leaps and bounds over the last few years. People are quickly picking up on how best to use this technology and basically the world is now your oyster.
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