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Tired Of Your Current Administrative Job? Then Its Time To Become Self-Employed

June 11th 2006

Tired Of Your Current Administrative Job? Then Its Time To Become Self-Employed


Work is love made visible. If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work, sit at the gate of the temple and take alms from those who work with joy. ... Khalil Gibran

Recent polls show that only 39% of employed Americans are completely satisfied with their jobs. Many of the remaining 61% dont exchange their jobs to become charity-cases, as this 19th Century poet suggests, but toil away year after year in disgruntlement. Bad pay, poor benefits, an unyielding boss, a toxic work environment, a job with no growth potential, no incentives, no future security, no way! youve most likely said.

In the past two decades, self-employment has become a viable, desirable option for a growing number of dissatisfied workers. Whether you were forcibly terminated from your last job because of downsizing, or the thought of running hamster-like on a wheel for years to come is simply too bleak and unbearable, you have made a life-altering decision to be your own boss.


Maybe you already know where you are heading towards self employment, but have you considered why youve set out on this particular course? Identifying your reasons for becoming self-employed will help you assess whether running your own business will fulfill your particular needs, and whether you are capable of meeting its demands.

Lets be realistic. Unhappiness and discontentment has probably triggered your endeavor to start a business. Your new venture should not lead you down another path of corporate dismay; it should begin with promise, excitement, commitment, and most importantly pleasure.


Take some preliminary proactive steps now to increasing your chances of becoming successfully and happily self-employed. Write down first what you dont like about your current job situation and then below it give a positive reason to choose self-employment. It will help you reflect on your motivation for starting a business, caution you against its common pitfalls, and urge you to embrace its countless rewards.

       I dont enjoy what Im doing.

Self-employment will allow me to work in a field I love.

       I am not making enough money.

Self-employment will make me financially independent.

       I hate being away from my family for so many hours.

Self-employment will allow me to work the hours that suit me.

Self-employment will give me the flexibility to work from home.

       My work environment does not suit me.

Self-employment will allow me to design my own business climate.

       Commuting is a nightmare I would like to eliminate.

Self-employment will allow me to work in the city or area of my choice, and give me the flexibility to work from home.

       My job does not allow me to reach my potential.


Self-employment will allow me to exercise creative freedom. I can choose industries that need and appreciate the knowledge, skills, and services I have to offer.

All prospective entrepreneurs have their own unique set of motivations that may include all or some of the reasons mentioned above. Many also admit that the challenge of starting and running a business is one of the most appealing features of the endeavor.

You may wish to type up and cut out the statements above for each one and tack it on a visible part of your office. Then, whenever you have doubts, they will remind you of why you chose self-employment. They will motivate you!

Pick up and throw away the big rocks, kick the pebbles, and sweep away the fine dust. Nothing should hold you back from reaching your dreams!

So now that you have identified some reasons why you have decided to become an entrepreneur, what are you waiting for? Do you have what it takes to run a business?

If so, stop by one of the most popular forums out there for starting a virtual assistant business, VANetworking (http://www.VANetworking.com).  There you can find all the information you need to start your own successful virtual assistant business or to keep your VA practice thriving.   This is your opportunity to take all your administrative talents and turn them into a successful career with the help of the many pros there who are eager to share their experiences and tips for success.

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Tawnya Sutherland
Tawnya Sutherland, founder of Virtual Assistant Networking (VAN) and author of The VAS System, a Virtual Assistant Startup System, is a Certified Internet Marketing Specialist sharing much of her online marketing experience at VAN to help aspiring and successful VAs turn clicks into cash at their websites. Contact Tawnya

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