Do you have what it takes to be your own boss?

By Katie Corbett


When I was unemployed, I had the idea in the back of my mind that starting my own business could be fun. Besides, I had just come from an experience at a job where I’d had an awful manager, so the idea of being my own boss was very appealing. I had also just read, “The 4-Hour Workweek,” by Tim Ferriss, and was enchanted by his carefree lifestyle. I wasn’t sure if I had the grit to make it as a business owner, so I was relieved when I found an assessment test in “The Everything Career Tests Book,” by Robin Holt.


When I took the assessment, I realized I wasn’t comfortable not earning a steady paycheck, wasn’t sure I was up to the strategic analysis I would need, and didn’t feel I had a viable business idea yet. The result I got was to move forward slowly.


I got a part-time job so I could pay the bills while I started my business. I connected with other entrepreneurs who could support me in my journey. I found fellow career coaches and interviewed them about how they made coaching work. I recognized that my strengths didn’t lie in video production, web development, or graphic design, so I hired other freelancers to work with me on those aspects of my business. I’ve been reading sales books and attending workshops about how to get more clients.


It has been a slow process. I haven’t replaced my income yet to a point to where I’m comfortable enough to leave my job. I’m happy with my progression and I’m a firm believer that when it is time, things will fall into place.


Do you wonder if you have the passion and perseverance to start a business venture? Why not pick up a copy of “The Everything Career Tests Book” and find out. As it did for me, the assessment will guide you to what you need to work on to get yourself to a place of readiness and confidence.


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