Today, I read Part I of an excellent series of articles published by Forbes.com providing insight into how to start, operate, grow and manage your own business.
|Some Tips From Me and Forbes!|
Universities Can and Should Help Us Learn How to Master the Challenges of Self-Employment
Boy, if I only knew when I started what I know now! As discussed in the Forbes article, American colleges and universities have been trending towards teaching classes addressing all aspects of self-employment. This is, I am sure, in recognition of several factors.
|It's a Small World After All|
Marketing Your Business Just Takes a Computer and Some Earnest Dedication
Perhaps of equal importance is the ability to cost-effectively market one's own products and services to a broad (even international) audience - it just takes a lot of sweat equity, and a little time, after all.
Sure, this article is designed to help you, Dear Readers. But, in addition, writing (with a great deal of passion and effort) and publishing it (with a click of a few buttons) provides me with an opportunity to demonstrate to the public the way in which I think, my attention to detail and my ability to (hopefully) communicate clearly.
In more recent years, the shrinking job market and the opportunistic strategies by Corporate America have made self-employment more appealing then it was 30 years ago, when faithful, hard-working employees were paid on a w-2 basis, and commonly permitted to work until retirement.
|w-2 or 1099|
What type of opportunistic strategies am I referring to? Let's discuss the one that disheartens me most. The misclassification of people who traditionally were paid on a w-2 basis as "independent contractors" (i.e. people engaged in self-employment) paid on a 1099 basis.
Over the past 15 years or so, American businesses have gone out of their way to deliberately misclassify employees as independent contractors, thereby eliminating their obligation to provide any benefits whatsoever, while completely undermining employees' rights against unlawful workplace activities and depleting the Social Security and Medicare funds.
Boredom and Loneliness Hurdles to Productivity When You Run Your Own Business
Rather than summarize and discuss the Forbes articles, I will instead in this Post (the firms of several I anticipate writing on this topic during the coming months) briefly discuss one of the major hurdles I have encountered as a self-employed businessman.
Boredom and loneliness.
|Boredom, Loneliness Among the Biggest Challenges|
A few months ago, I moved from an office I was renting (and thus filled with other people) to my home (I rent space for meetings, etc. in an office complex).
Boy, do I get lonely sometimes. I miss not having attorneys to mingle with every day. I am interesting (I think), and I do talk to myself (quietly and aloud), but I am simply not that stimulating.
There is no remedy for, nor avoidance of, the tedium of working alone most of the time. So, the best way to fight these feelings is to keep it moving. I try and take breaks during my work days (and nights) by taking walks with my wife or dog, I go to the gym, I swim at my local Y on really hot days, I eat lunch out a couple times a week, I go for a ride on my motorcycle, I call my Mom.
|She Always Listens to me Ramble, and I Always Feel Better After We Speak|
|All Alone Since 2006|
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