I like the idea of being self-employed.
One day I hope to be able to run my own business, perhaps even run a law firm (whether as a partner or by starting my own remains to be seen since I am still in law school).
Entrepreneurship has hit the mainstream in a big way. Where once people preferred the protection and stability of a good-paying job, more and more people are now jumping on the entrepreneurship bandwagon or being encouraged to do so.
Of course, running a business isnâ€™t easy. If it was, almost everyone would be doing it. And I guess thatâ€™s where the biggest problem is. Fear.
There is a lot of fear involved when one opens up your own business or start your own law firm or even just jump into your own sideline. There is a lot of uncertainty and a large chance of failure.
But that doesnâ€™t stop most people. And it shouldnâ€™t, because the rewards for going into entrepreneurship are amazing. A strong sense of self-control, possibly tons of money (if it succeeds) and an opportunity to do something you like for the rest of your life.
I know one day Iâ€™ll jump into the whole business thing myself like my sister did. But for now, Iâ€™m just biding my time, studying the law and trying to brainstorm for possible businesses.
Until then, here are a couple of great blogs and websites on entrepreneurship you should check out (in no particular order).
2.) Pinoy Web Startup â€” a Filipino webstart up I discovered recently. Marie Casas, one of the founders of Pigmata Media, and the author of the Pinoy Web Startup Blog, was even featured in MoneySense magazine.
3.) Open for Business â€“ a new blog by the editor of SME Insight which is published by the Inquirer. New but very promising.
4.) Reflections of a Bizdrivenlife â€“ Wilson Ng is one of the earliest business bloggers I know and runs a successful computer business which distributes to Visayas and Mindanao.
5.) Go Negosyo – the brainchild of Joey Concepcion who is a strong advocate of opening up your own business.
6.) The Brazen Careerist â€“ the ultimate startup for career bloggers and the like. Founded by Penelope Trunk and the Ryans of Employee Evolution, you should check out their blog posts on starting up a business. Really great stuff and offers a different perspective.
(Disclosure: I am a member of the Brazen Careerist Network but I read and enjoyed their blogposts on start-ups BEFORE I was asked to join. So I recommend their posts on a very unbiased basis.)
7.) Guy Kawasakiâ€™s Blog – probably the ultimate web start up guy. He has founded a number of businesses and was even once connected to Apple as one of their tech evangelists. he has also written a number of books on technology and start-ups.
8.) What Would Dad Say – a great blog by G.L Hoffman, an American baby boomer who has successfully founded a number of start-ups. He has a great post on the 100 attributes needed to become a successful entrepreneur.