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According to one Gallop poll in the past, roughly 50% of US adults think about self-employment. Now, while I believe that the number is a whole lot higher than that (in terms of how many ‘think’ about it), the fact is that very few (percentage wise) ever actually start a business.
I’ve studied the issue of entrepreneurship nearly my whole life. Having grown up in a family loaded with self-employed small business people, the entrepreneurial lifestyle fascinated me and I became a long-term student; my interest in the subject certainly continues today. As a matter of fact, I never found peace in any form of work until I began (with two separate graduate programs – MBA and MA, Counseling) working with prospective and active entrepreneurs as they tried to refine and define their chosen ‘lifestyle’.
The Focus Program for Emerging Entrepreneurs, that I completed several years ago, became the first ‘self-analysis tool’ for making better decisions about self-employment, and it is the result of many years of interest and study.
It seems clear to me that personal analysis must always precede business analysis when deciding on self-employment. And, the two critical questions that must be answered are: Should I really be in business for myself?, and If so, what type of business best suits my style? Those questions are addressed by the focus program.