Imagine you are at work late on a Friday afternoon. You are getting ready to leave for the weekend and looking forward to the activities you have planned for your time off. With only minutes to go before quitting time, you learn that a customer has placed a big order they need for first thing Monday morning. To get the order ready you would have to spend all day Saturday and Sunday working on it.
What would you do?
(a) Explain that you can’t do it.
(b) Call in your assistant and tell them they have to do it.
(c) Work over-time and get it finished for Monday.
(d) Tell them your competition has no social life and would likely do it.
(e) Don’t know.
If you chose answer (c) you may have what it takes to be your own boss and start your own business according to Canada Business, a Government of Canada website. Those who are most effective as entrepreneurs are willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
If you want to start your own business, you are in good company. Research by Gallup found that if given a choice of starting their own business or working for someone else, 57% of Americans would choose to start a business.
In a fun quiz called the “Entrepreneurial Evaluation” Canada Business featured the following question to help you test whether starting a business is right for you:
Why do you want to start your own business?
(a) I want to make lots of money.
(b) I hate working for other people.
(c) To gain a sense of accomplishment.
(d) I have no skills and no one will hire me.
(e) Don’t know.
The survey says the correct answer is (c), however, almost any reason you want to start a business is a good one if it motivates you to take action to make it happen.
An opinion poll released by E-Myth Worldwide found the most popular reasons people gave for wanting to start a business are: to make more money (30%), be their own boss (18%), and fulfill a dream or hobby (15%).
Other findings of the E-Myth poll:
You can find valuable information about starting your own business at:
Earn a certificate while learning how to start the business of your dreams from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College). For more information, visit www.iapcollege.com.