In some workplaces, even in offices, few people work the "traditional" 8am to 5pm shift anymore. Employees have asked for flexible schedules, often to work around family or recreational opportunities, and many employers have granted them. Of course it is good to get to know your job and your employers well before making such a request. Don't go overboard and ask for too much, especially if you are a new employee.
Temporary jobs are available in many fields these days. Anything from high-tech, to accounting, to general office work. They can range in length from a day to months or years. If you are trying to climb the corporate ladder, a temp job may not be for you. But if you want more family time, want to work while you are looking for your preferred type of work, or if you just like variety, a temporary job may be for you.
Be Your Own Boss
About one out of every 10 people who work does not have a boss. They ARE the boss. Why? Because some people find that they prefer to work for themselves. Of course there are pluses and minuses.
Owning your own business can mean you:
- earn more money
- have more chances to work from home
- have flexible working hours
- are creative and can develop your own ideas
- enjoy being in charge of your own workday
But it can also mean you:
- work very long hours
- work hard but your business fails
- spend a lot of your savings or borrow money to get started
- have to deal with a lot of paperwork
- get fewer vacations
You are more likely to be successful and happy owning your own business if you are self-disciplined and have strong organizational skills. Entrepreneurs also need to be able to work hard, make decisions, and take risks. Owning your own business requires confidence in your abilitiesIf you are not sure about what kind of business to build, you may want to research information about small business opportunities, or look into purchasing an existing business. The Internet offers a variety of opportunities for owning your own Internet-based business. Before you go into business on the Internet or get involved in any franchise business, be sure it is a legitimate business and not someone out to get your money.You will need money to get started. There is an old saying - it takes money to make money. Getting advice from financial professionals is a good idea. You will also need to look at your potential customers, and how much they are willing to pay for what you are selling or for services you are providing.
Examples of Small Owner-Operated Businesses
- Tax Preparation
- Pet Sitting or Dog Walking
- Coffee Stand
- Web Designing
- Sales of Merchandise Over the Internet
- Vending Machine Operator
- Hand-crafted Art Store Owner
- Bicycle Sales and Repair
- Small Engine Repair
- Window Washing