The Self Employment Test
Do you have what it takes to be self-employed? Take this short test to find out!
Note that there is a difference between being self-employed, the owner of a business, a wise investor, and otherwise financially self-directed. For the purposes of this test, all fit in the same category of “not collecting a regular paycheck.”
Tally up the total “B” answers in questions 1-4 and the total number of “A” answers in questions 5-8. Add them together. This is your score. Ignore question number 9 for now.
Interpreting Your Score
6 and above – You definitely have what it takes to be self-employed. In fact, you probably should be, since you’ll do well, and likely enjoy yourself!
3-5 – You might want to consider reading more about what goes into running a business before you actually go out and do it yourself. You are close, though!
2 and below – For now, you should keep your day job. This doesn’t mean that you can never run a business, but you have some learning to do about what it takes. But hey, life is all about learning!
Explanation of scores
If you answered “yes” to question number 9, you can pretty much reset your score on this test to zero. The problem with “having a spending problem” and running your own business is that they are completely at odds with one another. The lifeblood of your business is your financial bottom line. Without enough revenue, your business will not survive. Spending problems can precipitate a lack of emotional control when it comes to making financial decisions, something that is essential to running a business. If you are constantly depleting your revenue and resources, you will not have a business.
The first question is also important. Successful business owners (and happier people in general) have what is called an internal locus of control. That is, when things are not going well, they take responsibility rather than blame life. They are not complainers. The sooner you learn to take responsibility for your failings (and successes) and don’t attribute these to luck, the better off you will be.
Finally, in question 8: Malcom may have driven a lot of his competition into the ground to make more money. But he still is a good businessman. You don’t have to be “likable” to be a good entrepreneur. Still, I would hope that as you go into the world of small business operations that you do so with a longing to do good in the world and not take advantage of other people.
How did you score? Share your thoughts below!
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