Many people who think they want to go into business for themselves have been working for someone else. Most likely, they do technical work and are very good at it.

Technical work covers a wide range of occupations:

  • Carpenter
  • Mechanic
  • Machinist
  • Bookkeeper
  • Dog trainer
  • Hairdresser
  • Computer programmer
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Technical writer
  • Graphic artist
  • accountant
  • Plumber
  • Salesperson

The list can go on and on. These people are good at what they do, but they’re doing it for someone else.

When these people decide to go into business for themselves, it’s not because they have figured out how business works. It’s usually because something irritated them at work such as a feeling that their boss doesn’t appreciate them.

Maybe it’s because of the stage of life in which they find themselves–“Hey, if I’m ever going to do anything different, I better do it now.”

They start thinking about the independence they would have. They like the idea of being their own boss, setting their own hours, being the one in charge.

They have the romantic belief that businesses are started by entrepreneurs, and if that’s the case, they must be one.

But being an entrepreneur is a whole different mindset of understanding business.

You can learn more about what it means to be an entrepreneur here.