Have you been laid off? Having trouble finding another job? Welcome to the club! So many administrative personnel have lost their jobs in the down economy, and the job growth for our industry just isn’t where it needs to be. One option for those of us tired of waiting for the phone to ring is starting our own businesses.
With the economy still depressed, many administrative assistants who have been laid off, including me, are starting their own businesses in order to make ends meet. As part of my continuing series, So You’ve Been Laid Off, I’m going to discuss some of the options for admins who want to work for themselves.
Being your own boss can be a great opportunity for many people, but it’s certainly not for everyone. It requires a certain mindset to run your own business. You have to think like an entrepreneur. Nobody is going to run your business for you. If you make a mistake, you’re the only one to blame.
Being your own boss takes a big investment in your ego. When you are the business, then a perceived failure in the business becomes very personal. You have to have the self-confidence to weather the ups and downs that are natural in any business cycle.
In this series of posts, I’m going to concentrate mainly on the work from home careers available to admins, primarily because they require the least cash investment to get started.
Some of the main jobs you see administrative personnel doing from home are:
The commonality of all of these is that they utilize skills you probably already have, and they don’t take a huge amount of investment to get started. In my next posts, I’ll look at these individually and provide resources for those interested in pursuing that particular career path.