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Entrepreneur or Employee?

February 20, 2012

Chris Schmitt

Some people know the answer to this question without even thinking about it. For others, it’s not so easy.

Being an entrepreneur is awesome! You’re your own boss. You’re in the drivers seat. You pick what you want to do rather then someone else. There’s an opportunity for great success.

Being an entrepreneur sucks! You’re your own boss: if you screw up there’s no one to blame but yourself. You have decide what to do every step of the way; no one’s going to help you (other than advice, of which over half will be bad anyway). There’s the chance of great failure: financial disaster, marital problems, stress.

Being an employee is awesome! If you screw up, the company will likely survive, and you’ll probably get a second chance. You get to contribute, perhaps in a big way, but someone else is taking all the big risks. Do your job well and you’ll continue to get paid. If the company is in trouble, you can always work somewhere else.

Being an employee sucks! No matter how great your ideas are, someone else is making the decisions. You do what you’re told; there’s little room for creativity. If the company is in trouble, you could loose your job, and you may have trouble finding another one.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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