The Self-Employed Revolution (and TheSelfEmployed.com)Guest_Blogger | Mar 19, 2012
What do you do if you have been out of work for 99 weeks, your unemployment is running out and you have no prospects? What do you do if you are 30-something, have two kids at home, and the thought of not having a flexible schedule bums you out? What do you do if you don’t like working for The Man and long to do be your own boss?
You join the ranks of the self-employed, that’s what.
In the past generation there has been a transformation of work that has enabled more people than ever to become freelancers and join the self-employed revolution. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, websites, apps, hardware, software, and great sites like this one (and a cool new one, below) have made it so that any small business can look big and make money.
And it turns out that more and more people are in fact joining the self-employed work revolution. Consider that Time Magazine recently said that 2012 just may be “The Year of the Entrepreneur”:
Jobs are in scarce supply, and underemployment is at an all-time high. Things look bleak. But, truth be told, there has never been a better time for individuals to start new businesses. Taking up entrepreneurship is now an extremely doable means to overcome unemployment and underemployment, and perhaps even get rich.
Whereas a traditional office or retail space was a necessity less than a decade ago, today, thanks to the rise of virtual office services and co-working spaces, working from home or Starbucks is the new norm.
But of course, all of this begs the question – how exactly do you do it? Because the fact is, when people become self-employed, they may know a lot about the particular business they are going into, but more often than not they don’t know a lot about business itself. What do you do when you own your own business, or want to, and don’t know much about marketing, advertising, insurance, taxes and the rest?
There are many online resources you could go to, including SBA.gov and SCORE, and you will find no shortage of good gigs here at Elance, but if you would allow me a shameless plug, I would like to suggest that a new site that I have been working on for the past year is a worthy addition to this list:
TheSelfEmployed.com is a Web portal for all things self-employed. The site aims to be your friendly, helpful one-stop-shop for everything you need to know to have a fun and successful freelance journey. Built with you in mind with great partners like my pals here at Elance, as well as Verizon, EHealthInsurance, SCORE, and more, the site offers great articles (including not a few by a certain well-known, easy-to-read, small business writer), SE-TV, podcasts, forums, and special offers that are all deigned specifically for the self-employed.
I invite you to take a look and check it out. And whether you use our site or not, let me in any case say congratulations, because if you are a freelancer, if you are one of the self-employed, you are leading the work revolution.
And, I bet, having a blast in the process.
About the Author
Steven D. Strauss is one of the world’s leading entrepreneurship and small business experts. The senior USA TODAY small business columnist and author of the Small Business Bible,Steve speaks around the world about entrepreneurship, sits on the board of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and is a regular guest on national TV and radio. His column, Ask an Expert, appears weekly at USATODAY.com and he is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Yahoo, and many other sites. If you would like to sign up for his free newsletter, “Small Business Success Secrets!” please visit his personal website – www.MrAllBiz.com.