By: Isabella Carson
Becoming your own boss and saying goodbye to the typical 9 to 5 job is a dream for most people. It is a dream that can become a reality but you have to know what you are setting a goal for and how to get there. It is something that cannot be done in one big leap. You must pace yourself and take things step by step to be truly successful. This is what writer Caroline Beaton did and she was her own boss before she turned 25 years old. She shares the steps that she took with readers. They are as follows:
1. Choose what is important to you in a career: Without thinking about money alone, think about the things that are the most important to you when you become your own boss. Think about your work space, your schedule, and what you are looking to do for a business. Once you have the priorities set in order you can begin to work on working for yourself.
2. Choose your specialty: When you think about working for yourself you probably don’t realize that choosing your specialty is one of the most crucial parts of the process. Make sure that you find something that you love and something that you are good at. Working for yourself is about making a career that you love for yourself, not one you hate.
3. Get a side job: Once you have chosen what field you will be entering into make sure that you find a side job somewhere that is in that particular field. It is great experience and you will be paid to do it! Those with experience and knowledge are far more likely to be successful as opposed to just sit and let things happen.
4. Find the time: You may not have a lot of time to take care of the business you are starting. This is where you need to figure out where you can shave few precious minutes or even a full workday off of your schedule so that you can get your own work taken care of. You could take a few hours off of your weekly schedule, take vacation days to get your work done, or use sick time every now and then. If none of this is possible shave a few minutes per day off of the time that you are on the computer or the phone and use it for your new career.
5. Deadlines: Make a deadline so that you have something to strive for. Some people work better when they are under pressure. These are the people that will benefit the most from having a PC.
6. Work…a lot: This is where a lot of the hard work comes in. You need to find as much work as you can in your intended field so that you can gain a lot of experience. You are more likely to be successful if you have experience instead of going into the industry blind.