WANTED: For Immediate Hire
No experience necessary, no references needed, and no particular education requirements. No application or resume to submit. Guaranteed: all the overtime you want. Set your own hours and vacation times. Company car provided, along with your own office. Mobile phone and computer also part of your perks.
This sounds like a job anyone in their right mind would jump at! In fact, you would think candidates would be jumping OVER each other for a job like that. But, truth is, only a very few will answer THIS Want Ad.
When you begin to dig a little deeper into the ad above, it’s a job only the few, the proud, the independent-thinking, big idea-dreaming, relatively fearless (often initially clueless) will risk taking on.
The want ad header might read: Own your own small business.
Resume? Some small-business owners have no high school education and lack a college degree of any kind. Yet, many are self-taught (or paid close attention while working for others), and have become highly educated in their field. Their goal: to be forever learning and improving.
Such self-starters don’t limit themselves based on their background, but see the future as what counts. They don’t reside in yesterday’s accomplishments, but work to prove themselves every day, hoping to get a hit every time at bat.
Regarding overtime: many small-business owners work 50 to 80 hours per week and take very few real vacation days; they have no option to “complain to the boss” that things are too rough. They figured out early on who the REAL boss is—THE CUSTOMER. If the risk pays off, they will happily have hundreds of bosses!
Yes, owning your own business has some perks, but I believe many people don’t realize that an owner doesn’t get paid unless the company is profitable. Oh, they may get a check each week, but the money may be borrowed or come from savings.
Philip Beyer, founder/president of Beyer Printing and Ebiz Products LLC in Nashville, TN, is a chronic entrepreneur, business systems analyst and consultant, author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business," and an InterTech Award recipient for the design and development of System100™ business process management software. Philip speaks to business owners across the country on how to bring lean, sustainable order to their businesses.