Self Employment for the Myers Briggs Types: A Guide
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a very popular personality-assessment tool that can teach you quite a bit about your temperament, style, and lifestyle. While it doesn’t have the psychological/scientific backing of the Big Five (OCEAN) assessment, it is very revealing, popular, and helpful as a self-exploration tool.
If you have not taken the test, (or don’t know your type) you should go here first before reading the article ahead.
Temperament and Self-Employment
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator groups everybody on the planet into four separate temperaments (from the main 16 types) and there are 4 personality types within each temperament. (Don’t worry if this is confusing to you, and it all looks like just a random mess of letters – you can read a bit more about how to find your temperament here.)
The temperaments are:
While not all the types are drawn to making The Great Office Escape and building their dream careers, I have put together a handy guide for all 16 types to make the leap. (For the few, the proud ISFJ entrepreneurs out there – hey, you never know!)
Yes, I know generalities can be dangerous. But while none of the following rules are hard and fast, they are a pretty nice place to start if you want to get to know the temperaments and their potentials for self-employment:
- As a general rule the SJ temperament is going to be less drawn to self-employment than the other types.
- The NF and NT temperaments are the best at creating new systems and new business ideas
- The SP temperament is the best at taking an existing system and turning it into a profit (franchising, for example.)
- Perceivers (P) are usually a bit more entrepreneur-minded than Judgers (J) though this isn’t an overwhelming trait
- Because Judgers (J) are more organized, their business startups are often more successful than Perceivers’ (P) startups
- Introverts (I) might have to get over some of their “shyness” in order to learn to network in the business world
- Feelers (F) have a great advantage when it comes to winning clients over and can be charismatic salespeople
And Fear not, SJ’s! This does not mean that you cannot create your dream career! It just might be a bit more difficult for your type – let’s face it – you are most adept at working within and perfecting existing structures.
In the following 4-part guide, grouped by temperament, I’ll have a nice guide for each Myers Briggs type on how to create a dream career and become your own boss!
The Self Employment TestMarch 19th, 2010
Self Employment for the Myers Briggs Types: The ArtisansMarch 6th, 2010
Self Employment for the Myers Briggs Types: The RationalsMarch 5th, 2010
Self Employment for the Myers Briggs Types: The IdealistsMarch 4th, 2010
Self Employment for the Myers Briggs Types: The GuardiansMarch 3rd, 2010