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Do you really want to stay employed for another year?

I have been self-employed for twenty years because it's the only way I can manage to work on. You are reading this because you want to do the same and I know it's a big step to start your own business, but don't worry – it's only scary in the beginning. It won't be long before you realize it's actually quite convenient and a lot of fun. And besides, what's the alternative - to have a dull permanent job where life is predictable and everything else is just unpleasant surprises beyond your control? The question is - what will you do with the rest of your life?

Are you going to continue to be employed for another year? Here are the questions you should ask yourself:

1. Do you really want to work every day to achieve someone else's goals instead of your own?

2. Can you continue to put up with the thought that almost everything that happens at work is beyond your control?

3. Do you think it's fun to earn exactly the same amount of money every month no matter how hard you work? It doesn't matter if you exert yourself more because you don't earn more. And besides, you earn as much as your lazy colleague even though you work a lot more. Is it alright with you to keep living like this?

4. Do you think it's fun to be an adult and have to submit a vacation request every year to take time off and that a manager can turn down your application?

5. Do you like to work in an organization that doesn't appreciate your efforts?

6. Can you put up with managers who are cowards and more concerned about their own job than work to get make things happen for real?

7. What will you do next year with all the ideas you have that you know are good, but that nobody listens to?

8. Are you going to continue to put up with the fact that so much of your waking time is about hopes and expectations that usually aren't ever met?

9. Should you get used to the idea of ​​having such a small chance to get rich (either financially or spiritually) at your workplace?

10. Will you choose a false sense of security before excitement at work every day?

Well, what do you say to this? If you are employed and are tired of the conditions as an employee, there are many ways to go. I think, of course, that you should start your own company because it gives you much more freedom. And if you just have a little more energy than most people and understand the importance of making customers happy, there's a big chance that you would succeed in your own business too. So think hard about it now - isn't it time to let go of your current, mindless position and take your dreams seriously?

About the author

Stefan Ekberg has worked in marketing for small business for 20 years and has written around 30 books on how small business owners can market themselves with limited resources. . In 2012 Stefan was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year in Stockholm.

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