by Angela Delaney

5 signs you should be working for yourself

Do you dread going into an office on a Monday morning? Are you more excited when you’re working on your own projects, on your own timescale? Do you frequently feel stifled by the corporate culture, dream of being your own boss, or ever wonder what other career possibilities you might be capable of?

It could be that working for someone else simply doesn’t suit your personality, and too often you find it clashing with your life and career goals.

In which case, it might be time for a change… Below are the five signs that indicate you’re ready to work for yourself and become a business owner.

1. You see a better way to get things done

It’s blindingly obvious to you that A + B = C, but when you bring this up at work your suggestions are either overlooked or disregarded by your company.

2. You find yourself going off-script too often

Frustrated, you can’t help yourself but deviate from the official script from time to time. But even if your deviation is a success, you get reprimanded from up above for not toeing the company line.

3. You love to get things going

You like getting out there meeting people, and not being stuck in the office all day. You need change, variety and challenges to keep you stimulated and engaged. Otherwise your brain switches off and you slide into demotivated, snooze-cruise control.

4. Office politics isn’t your thing

You find bureaucracy, red tape and office politics frustrating at best, a gruelling punishment at worst. Sometimes you want to simply get things done without jumping through all the hoops first, or waiting a year (or more) for new ideas to be implemented.

5. You have the ‘idea’

It may be small, it may be large, but it’s persistent and won’t go away. And you know the ‘idea’ either won’t fit into your current place of work, or it’ll be ignored like all your previous ideas.

If all of the above resonates strongly with you, it may be time to consider working for yourself.

To find out how, take a look at our step-by-step, comprehensive handbook, “Generation X: A Guide to Leaving the Rat Race behind and Working for Yourself”, and discover what actions you can take to become self-employed.

A one-stop-resource, the guide will reveal what kind of self-employment would be the best fit for you, what the next steps are that you’ll need to take and, in our round-up of case studies, you will gain valuable insights from those who have gone before you.

Download the handbook here, or view online here.

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