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#QUIZ: Should I Start a Business or Get a Job After College?

This is a question that many college students ask themselves. Most people like to set their own schedule. We want to be able to be in control of our time and be rewarded for our efforts. Starting a business will give you that freedom but it also comes with a price. Often you will have to put in hours and hours before you reap the benefits. Getting a job will allow you to get your reward immediately and every two weeks in the form of a paycheck, but you will be much more constrained. I’ve created a simple quiz that will help you begin to decide if you should start a business or get a job.

FYI, if you are reading this through your feed reader, hop on over to the site. The quiz is a jump page quiz. Small business facts sourced from the National Federation of Small Businesses small business polls.

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Do you have any debt?

Yes, I have some debt.

No I am debt free.

Since the beginning of early September, 30 percent of small employers applied for credit or commercial loans in one form or another, at least half of which applied more than one time. Seventy (70) percent did not apply of which 12 percent, or 8 percent of the population, did not apply because they thought they could not get credit they wanted.

 

Do you have a business idea already?

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Yes, I have a business idea.

No, I don't know what business I want to start.

Forty-two (42) percent of all small businesses introduced at least one new or significantly improved product, service, process or design into their sales inventory in the prior year. Most often the introduction was a product (55%), followed by a service (29%), a process (8%) and a design (7%). Thirty-four (34) percent have never introduced a new or significantly improved product, service, process or design. It has been three years or more since another 11 percent have.

 

Do you have any savings?

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Yes, I have some savings.

Savings, what's that?

Small-business owners believe that the primary reason they experience cash flow problems is the difficulty they encounter collecting money due them (30%). The second most frequently cited reason is seasonality (23%). The third is unexpected variations in sales (15%) and the fourth, weak sales (13%).

 

How much business knowledge do you have?

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I have a business degree.

I've learned from experience.

I have no business experience.

The most frequent course of study completed by small employers was business administration and related subjects. Fifty-five (55) percent did so. The second most frequently completed course of study was one of the hard sciences including engineering. Except for the few who took advanced degrees in law and health/medicine, those who took business were most likely to find their studies directly relevant to their current enterprise.

 

Have you ever worked in a management position?

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Yes, retail or some other management position.

No, I have no management experience.

Seventy (70) percent of small employers supervised people prior to entering their current business. Most now manage fewer people than they once did. This is particularly characteristic of those owning ventures now employing fewer than 10 people.

 

Do you have a hard time getting along with others?

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Yes, I often find that others are wrong.

No, I'm pretty easy going.

 

Do you consider yourself an active person?

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Yes, I work out, get outdoors, etc.

No, I don't have time for extra activity.

 

How many hours a week are you willing to work?

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40 hours

Less than 40

More than 40

 

Do you work best with a coach or motivator?

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Yes, I find it helps me.

No, I motivate myself.

 

Do you consider yourself to be persistent?

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Yes

No

 

Why do you want to go into business?

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If you've made it to this question then you might have what it takes to start a business.

About one in 10 adult (18-64 years) Americans are currently taking active steps to create a business. Virtually all are doing so because they want to (or see an opportunity to do so) rather than because they have no alternative economic opportunity. This puts the United States at the top of the industrialized world (second to Australia in 2006), a position Americans traditionally occupy. The reason that this number is important is the direct relationship between the number of people trying to start a business and national economic growth (Source: Neils Bosma and Rebecca Harding, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 2006, Babson College, 2006.)
 
 

Are you willing to take advice?

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Yes

No

This is probably not the best time for you to go into business. Either you have too much debt or no savings, both will make starting a business very hard. If you expect to work only 40 hours a week and you give up easily then entrepreneurship may not be for you. However, may entrepreneurs are successful based on their networks and desire for more. If you can find the passion then there's still a chance for success.

Originally posted 2015-05-30 10:00:11.

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How to Write a Job Getting Resume

Are you a recent college graduate, struggling to craft the resume that will showcase your skills and help you land the job you deserve?

Hi, I’m LaTisha Styles.

LaTisha Styles
After graduating from college (twice!) I found myself without a job and deeply discouraged.
I know how it feels to apply for job after job and feel like you’re dropping your resume in a black hole.

During that time I was job searching, I contacted everyone I knew to ask if they knew of any openings and I worked part-time gigs.

I delivered sandwiches and worked as a personal assistant earning no more than ten dollars an hour part time.

One night, I overheard my mom on the phone with a relative,

“I don’t know what Tisha’s doing,” she said.

“Yeah, she has two degrees but she’s not using them.”

I was devastated.

I knew I wanted to work but I felt helpless.

I wanted to use those degrees I had worked so hard for.

Those degrees that I paid thousands of dollars for.

I kept waiting by the phone, and each time it rang, I was filled with anticipation.

Would this call be the one I had been anxiously waiting for?

Sadly, it was not.

I had enough. It was time to take action.

So I began to tweak my resume.

I changed a few words here…

… added a couple of phrases there.

And instead of searching for jobs with a specific title,

I began to apply for jobs that matched my skills.

And my brand new resume emphasized those skills boldly.

I felt like a brand new person.

My confidence soared and suddenly…

I got the call I had been waiting for!

I confidently showcased my skills in two interviews, one by phone and one in person.

The interviewer told me, “Your resume is very impressive.”

I couldn’t help but smile.

Two days later I received an offer and did my happy dance.

I landed the job!

Immediately, I ran to tell my mom.

Her face lit up with joy.

I could see she was proud of me.

I made it.

And I want to help you snag your first job without going through the same struggle that I did.

You don’t have to get more experience.

You don’t have to spend hours searching for the right words to type.

Stop trying to do it yourself!

I’ll tell you exactly how to do it.

Make your parents proud when you land your first job and support yourself.

Effortlessly pay your student loans with dollars that you earn yourself.

Finally have the extra money to enjoy a night out with friends.

Feel confident enough to reward yourself when you get that first paycheck, because you did it!

It's ok if you haven't gotten the job that you deserve yet.

It's not your fault.

You simply didn't have the tools before.

That's what I'm here for.

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Originally posted 2017-03-26 06:00:27.