Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Entrepreneurial Life: Not So Scary After All

It still surprises me when I'm out meeting with people at networking events or conferences and I get the question, "How could you own your own business? That's just too risky?"

My reply is, "Not these days." Have you read the paper lately? Large companies are dumping employees in record numbers these days. On average, employees in their 20s will have 3-4 different careers (that's careers, not jobs) before they retire. And we all know people who have walked into work and were blindsided by losing their jobs.

Owning your own business a risky proposition? Not these days.

Business owners at least control their own destiny. If things start going South, business owners have the opportunity to turn things around. That's the beauty of owning your own business. You are the bus driver and can take your business/life wherever you choose. As an employees, you're the passenger in the back of the bus. When your boss tells you to get off, you must.

If you have the financial resources, support of your family and the passion to run your own business, don't let the risk of an unsure future stop you.

-Ron Ameln, SBM


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