Well, there’s a lot to consider if you actually want to start up your own business. This includes but is not limited to a lot of paperwork if you desire to sort just about anything out, so this is not for the faint of heart.As mentioned, there is a lot more to this, and if filling out paperwork just isn’t for you, then there is a plethora of other skills which are might come in very handy. Skills which once again include but are not limited to: smooth talking, being charismatic, giving snappy answers, and being overall well organized. Other than that you also require some more traditional skills which will come in handy in the actual bread and butter of the business, aka starting producing or doing the actual service or product which your business will provide. Be it personal banking, roofing specialists, pest exterminators, or even hot air balloon pilot hire, either you, or someone you hire, needs to know what they’re doing, and that’s where the crux of the problem lies. Where do those actual skills come from in the first place? Well, unless you’re lucky enough to find someone with those skills already ready for hire, chances are you’re going to need to acquire some of them by your very self. Now, you might say that in order to stay alive in the city, while paying rent and buying food, studying enough to accomplish something meaningful is a near impossibility, but funnily enough, we now live in such times that everyday problems such as that one are commonly known. As a result, we now have several different ways of going about it, partly because someone saw a good business opportunity out there, but also because they decided to do something about it. Money really does make the world go ‘round.
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The “smart” way
What better way to get educated, than getting educated? That might seem a bit daft to say, but often the truth is that the best way to get educated properly, and get some real qualifications under your belt, is to just get acquainted with those textbooks, and go to class. Of course, you may say that in your current situation it is rather unlikely to be possible, after all, you’re working full time and you need to pay rent as well as other niceties in life, like food and toilet paper. Well fortunately for you, after a long day at work you can now go and spend your previously-free evenings at a university. That’s right, you can go and study properly, for a genuine real degree during your evenings after work. There are several different universities doing things like that now, while some are especially made for it, like Birkbeck in London, which advertises itself as an “evening course specialist and a leading research and teaching university”. You might say that going to university for a few extra hours after an already long day at work is much harder than life should be, and you’d probably be right, but no one ever said that it would be easy. If you really are the passionate starry-eyed entrepreneur you claim to be, then a year or two of a tight schedule should not be able to discourage you from pursuing your dreams.
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The “handy” way
Not everyone is prepared to go ahead and have basically no social life or spare time for just about anything, because they are spending all their time either at work or at the evening university they signed up for. Which, to be fair, is absolutely understandable. It is a rather tall order, especially in the modern world where everyone expects everything to be handed to them on a silver platter, and well, wouldn’t we all want it to be that way? Unfortunately, as you have probably noticed by now, that’s not the case. Fortunately, there are ways to get qualified other than dedicating all your spare time to university between work. Whether you want to become a graphic designer or a programmer, there are some courses with rather flexible terms which are available online. Meaning, you can work at your own pace, and from the comfort of your own home or cafe of your choice. If you feel like graduating in strategic leadership, and potentially earn $60,000 to $100,000 per annum, that’s entirely possible within an 18-month time frame with a course on leadership mba online. There are many other courses available which work on different terms, some providing you with a personal tutor, some lasting longer and some less. Some even require you to go somewhere to take your exams while still being able to do the rest of your work from home. There is a lot of variety out there, and chances are that you will be able to find something which suits you if you just look for it. It’s never too late for a career change.
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The “I made it on my own” way
If you weren’t much for academia in your school days, and you spent your time working on other things than your assigned school projects which in turn has provided you with a slightly different skill set than your teachers might have intended, you can still very much do great things. In fact, a lot of the most successful people in the world were school dropouts, or not exactly very enthusiastic about school in their youth. The main thing to consider, is if your skills that you have picked up by yourself enough to carry you through opening up a business or making money by yourself. If you believe that you are capable, then there are a lot of opportunities just waiting to be taken. Did you, for example, spend a lot of time in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator as perhaps a hobby, or just something to satisfy your artistic needs while you didn’t have access to a canvas? Do you think you can provide an actual up to par piece of work with it? Then if so, you can most probably work as a freelancer, working your own hours, picking your own clients, and dealing with people who judge you by your effectiveness and ability, rather than certificates. The person at the other side of the screen, does not care for your educational career if your portfolio is something to behold. That said, you don’t have to limit yourself to specific websites such as freelancer to gather clientele, advertising yourself through more traditional media like newspapers and leaflets almost as effective as it ever has, so don’t rule them out entirely. When you get a few stable clients, and something new to put in your portfolio, the world is your oyster.