Friday, January 23, 2009

Where Are You Now? #1

This is the first in a series of scenarios described to help you find where you are and how you might benefit from a little professional mentoring.

You just got laid off and you're thinking about starting your own business...
  1. But, you don't know if working for yourself is something that fits your personality
  2. You're not sure how feasible your business idea is.
  3. You may not have a clear business idea.
  4. How much will it cost?
  5. What? In this economy????
I'm going to take these issues one at a time and shed some light on them.
#1 is really about temperament, isn't it? Everyone's personality needs a little objective observation from someone like myself, but I'll give you some guidelines to think about:
  • Do you feel most comfortable with an office to go to and a regular check?
  • Do you feel most comfortable working in a team member or a leader?
  • Are you curious?
  • Do you do well in interviews?
  • Do you know someone well who works for themselves?
  • Do you know what you want your day to look like/feel like?
You may not know how to answer some, or even all of these questions right now. Not one of them is the sign of an entrepreneur unto themselves, but each one signals an aspect of personality that comes into play.
Working for yourself if you have it in you can be a great adventure. Learn to separate your fears from your actual nature and what makes you tick.

Keep reading as I move through the different phases or deciding whether or not to strike out on your own!

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