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  • no its hard work, my dad is self employed and it can be hard when theres no work. he does roofing so in the summer work can be quiet, if you are employed by someone you know you have a wage coming every month.
  • I think about it a lot lately. I will eventually, right now I need the stability and health insurance from my current job.
  • Maybe considered (I used to do more artwork) but not really seriously.I would need a strong plan, motivation and discipline.In the social field I work in, we work together and I find that cool.
  • Yes, I am making the move next year February after the mid financial year end, New Year, new prospects, if you can think it you can do it.
  • No, but I have considered working from my home. I would love it, if I could do that instead of having to fly to NYC once a week to go to work. Not so bad in the summer, but the winter sucks big time!
  • I am self employed,and loving it,as an indepent contractor doing hair, then took it a step further,and bought a salon,its going great,I have very talented stylist under me,and all are an artist in their own traits.
  • oh yeah, all the time highlander! but i guess i don't have the balls to take that plunge. =(
  • I was self-employed for 6 years. It was very tough. The hours were long, the pay so-so, and there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears. But compared to working for someone else (e.g., a company like I am working for now), I felt more at ease, I could set my own pace, and I didn't have to worry about getting fired. I made my own rules, but I still had to work hard and long to make ends meet. But overall, it was satisfying. It is, however, not as easy as a lot of people think it is. But if you have the determination and drive you might consider it.
  • Yes. I plan on doing this Next spring. I will be doing bookkeeping and small business consulting. Wish me luck.
  • I am self employed as an artist.
  • Hey Highlander. I am self employed. made the decision about 4 years ago. I was actually forced to decide due to an injury that was supposed to leave me unable to do the construction work I was doing at the time. The first year was pretty lean, but I found mt niche and could never go back now. Working for myself affords me the freedom to spend more time with my kids, however it means a lot of late nights in the barn(where my office is) I love what I do and I am good at it. I also believe it is what is so great about living here in America, the opportunity to follow your dreams!!!!!
  • Yes I have, being an artist selling artwork, and maybe opening up a jewelry shop.
  • Hoestly, I'm not trying to be funny, I am much to lazy to start a business. I don't have the gumption as my gram used to say.
  • Yes. It's nice to be your own boss. I'm planning to have a small business of my own. I'm still saving up for it because I don't want to borrow money from anyone.
  • I have been self-employed many times. We had a working ranch and that was our business.
  • All the time, and for years. That goal was realized 6 years ago. I am the owner of Moreno Lawn Service!
  • Yes, but the boss doesn't pay really well.
  • i have considered it and i am banking on it since finding a job close by is really tough... easier said than done though... i don't earn much yet :(
  • Yes, I actually started my own website called Plattoes.com and have strated talking to buyers about my sandals and getting placement in boutiques. It is hard work, but I love !
  • Yes, Hubby looked very seriously into going to business for ourself, but we came to the conclusion that it would not make any sense for us. His salary and benefits far exceed anything he could get if self-employed, and he likes his work place, and the people he works with.
  • Yes. I became self-employed about 14 years ago. I work from a home-office as an accountant. In the beginning, my decision was how to offer a USP that I could market (unique selling proposition). I would go to a clients home and retrieve paperwork to use in preparing income tax returns. I have been told that I offer something that others do not offer these days. Though I generally only visit a new client once, if requested, I do go above and beyond when it comes to filing a tax return that allows the client to take advantage of all legal deductions/filing options. My focus is the clients tax liability. My clients get my services and my services include intense customer service. I make reminder calls in mid-December to my clients to remind them to purchase assets and/or spring clean and donate items to qualified charities....etc...I learned from experience that spending dollars on marketing was a waste of time for me, as the best marketing available for my type of business is word of mouth.
  • I am.It's not exactly easy but I like it.
  • Yea, but it wouldnt be easy so maybe not.
  • I have never worked for anybody my entire life and never regreted it once. Read my profile if you wish and check out http://fortunehtm.blogspot.com i-mentor@hotmail.com
  • been there, done it, bought the t-shirt.. working for yourself is hard but it kicks ass!
  • Every weekday from 9 to 5.
  • yes, but not totally. Just tried to supplement my regular income. Finally gave it up due to not enough money coming in to make it worth my while.
  • I've considered it in the past, and I'm still considering it on a basic level. it's not something I'm willing to put a lot of energy into figuring out at the moment, though. The timing isn't right for me.
  • I am going about doing it actually... I thought about it some time ago and am still working out the kinks
  • I am self-employed and employed. Self-employed people own a job. Business owners own a system.
  • I thought about it, but I've seen too may others fail. Owning a business requires more time and effort than working a full-time job.
  • yeah im actually thinking about that right now. im thinking about after i get my degree in business, going to hair school and me and my really good friend (who is already a stylist) would start up our own salon and when that gets big and going start a couple others around the state and into the surrounding states.
  • Yeah! It has been my dream since my early teenage. Although I am running my own business, however, I have not yet stood on my feet.
  • I am self-employed in the sense that I started a business with two friends. We are equal co-owners and each work with our own clients. I like it a lot, but the stress and anxiety can be fearsome, especially in today's economy. I like having the freedom and responsibility to work as I wish, and to live and die by the quality of my work. If you can live with the risk, the pressure, and the workload and are an independent soul, I recommend it.
  • I have never worked for anyone and started my own company at the age of 17. There is no better feeling then being in control of your own life and finances. If you have any questions let me know. fortunehtm@hotmail.com
  • Yes, I'm going to open up a salon. I figure if I can place my drive, ideas, time into someone else's business why not my own? Understanding it would be hard but not impossible, I'm gonna do it. I'm excitied about this new chapter of my life. Bring it on!
  • I have never worked for anyone but myself starting at the age of 17 and became a millionaire by the age of 25. I have since retired and now help people for free do the same thing.
  • I am trying to find a government grant to start my own recruiting/staffing firm because I don't have the financial backing on my own, but I am having a tough time getting the information online to apply for one. Grant.gov is the most confusing website. I hope I can find a grant to follow my dream of having my own business. I don't want to work for someone else any longer. I want to be my own boss and have people working for me. That is my goal. I'm hoping by this time next year I will be able to reach my goal and be successful too.

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