Chapter 12

Taking Your Talents to the Small-Business Arena


Making the most of your jobs and career

Testing your entrepreneurial mettle

Weighing your small-business investment options

The American Dream isn’t a 9-to-5 job working for someone else, especially a large company, during your entire working career. Many people dream of starting and running their own business. Making plenty of money, being one’s own boss, and having flexibility in setting your hours are often part of the dream.

I’ve known plenty of dreamers over the years, as well as those who achieved their dream. This chapter is designed to help you to invest in yourself by making the most of your working years and figuring out how to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors, if that’s what you desire. I also discuss alternative ways to invest in small business that don’t involve starting a business from scratch.

Investing in Your Career

Some people aren’t going to enjoy — or be successful — as entrepreneurs. The simple truth and reality is that some folks are better off working for someone else. Some people are happy or content as employees. There are plenty of solid companies that need and want good employees, so you should be able to find a desirable job if you have skills, a good work ethic, and the ability to get along with others.

With the relatively weak economy in the late 2000s and early 2010s, some folks continue to have difficulty finding desirable work to fit their skills. The global economy is ...

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