The trend of being self-employed has really caught on in the past few years. With over 14.4 million self-employed professionals in the U.S. alone at the beginning of 2014, this is nearly 6.6 percent of the total U.S. workforce. However, as glossy as it may seem, being self-employed is a challenge. Many startup professionals have reaped rich windfalls, while others end up fighting financial doldrums. The difference lies in the personality traits, professional ethics, discipline, frame of mind, and the determination to succeed.
Some people naturally possess the requisite qualities to run their own business, while others need to develop and learn it. There is nothing wrong with learning or developing the ability to manage oneself, as long as one can polish their existing entrepreneurial qualities and continue to develop and upgrade themselves in their chosen field. This infographic by Gryffin Media provides a concise yet clear picture on whether or not you have it in you to be your own boss. It jolts your complacency and gets you out from the dormancy that most self-employed people tend to get in sometimes, so that the long-term goal can be set and achieved.
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