ERIC Number: ED481083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
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Building a Business: 10 Steps to Fun, Freedom and Financial Independence.
Neault, Roberta A.
Although self-employment is a growing career option in Canada, many career practitioners find it personally difficult to make the leap from being an employee to starting a business. E-mail surveys completed by 13 self-employed career practitioners and counselors revealed six key factors that contributed to their business success: vision and passion, knowledge of the field, strong professional relationships, effective marketing, and solid financial management. The participants also identified several personal characteristics as contributing to their business success: perseverance, endurance, openness to change, integrity, balance, and willingness to take risks. Most respondents identified autonomy as the most enjoyable part of self-employment, followed closely by working with great people and having more lifestyle options. There were mixed findings regarding the financial rewards of self-employment--although some were earning more than when employed, many weren't. The paper concludes with ten steps for building a business, extracted from the survey results. (Author)
Descriptors: Business Skills, Career Counseling, Counselor Characteristics, Foreign Countries, Professional Autonomy, Self Employment, Success, Surveys
For full text: http://www.contactpoint.ca/natcon-conat/2003/pdf/pdf-03-12.pdf.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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Identifiers - Location: Canada