Is Entrepreneurship a Flexible Career Option?

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Like many things, the answer depends on other factors. The simple answer is that yes, entrepreneurship can be a flexible career option. It’s your choice after all.

There are unlimited options for entrepreneurs. The common thread is simply that you are assuming some risk and organizing and operating a business venture. That’s a broad group of people. The characteristics of the risk, organization and operating nature of the business are for you to decide upon.

Being an entrepreneur generally means that you’re making the decisions (in the early stages at least). But before you dive into creating The Next Great Thing, you should take a minute to consider the type of lifestyle you’re looking for.

For instance, do you want to be able to put the entire business on hold at virtually anytime you wish? That’s a difficult order, but it can be done. Or, do you just want to be able to step out of the office anytime you need to?

Maybe you want to have unlimited earning potential. Or, maybe you want to be able to perform your work from anyplace on Earth. It could be that you want to get the business to a stable place, then hand over day-to-day operations to a trusted manager. There are endless lifestyle design questions to ask yourself.

One of the attractions people have to becoming an entrepreneur is not having a boss. In most cases, you will be your own boss, at least in theory. The truth is, however, that you’re basically trading a boss for some other entity that judges your work product.

As an entrepreneur, you can start just about any type of business to suit your needs. We’ll take a look at several options and consider the flexibility of each for the entrepreneur in some upcoming posts.

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