Many people struggle with their inability to fit into the corporate mold. They cannot figure out why they can’t land another corporate position after being laid off. Young adults wonder why they are unable to land their first corporate job.
The reason is simple. They are not built for the corporate system. It doesn’t fit who they are as a person. They are not conformists. They are not followers. And this vibe comes across to the person who is interviewing them.
If they once had a corporate job they may have been relatively successful, but they probably were not content. In fact, they were likely very frustrated and stressed by trying to force themselves into being a corporate soldier.
What kept them there? The money, perks, prestige, and security. The fear of the unknown is probably the strongest reason people stay in a job they hate.
An alternative to corporations is small businesses. These can range from the family-owned business to the midsize company. Small businesses have far less bureaucracy and formal structure. In comparison, a corporation can feel like a nonhuman machine whereas a small business can feel like a family or sports team. But if you’re a strong independent thinker you may not fit into a small company environment either. You may be best suited as an entrepreneur.
Entrepreneurs are rebels, innovators, and risk-takers. They are freedom-loving people who want to call their own shots. They want to control how they will spend their days. They want to do work they love. They want to be creative. They want to design and build a business of their own. Entrepreneurs also have a usually strong distaste and impatience for certain things that are inherent in the corporate structure and some bloated companies.
Entrepreneurs hate to do things that they determine as being illogical, inefficient, or unethical. They hate to market a product or service that they don’t love or believe in completely! They hate having to put their priorities and energies on generating profits over creating value.
The lifeblood of public corporations is the profits produced by their workers. When profits descend or disappear so do workers.
So what’s the best fit for you? Corporate, small company, or entrepreneurial career? If you picked entrepreneur this is the best time ever for starting a business regardless of how old or young you are. Why is this the best time ever? Because the start-up costs are so ridiculously low in comparison and you have instant access to a world market. The Internet makes this possible.
There are many possibilities for creating an online business. Here are some ideas.
- Knowledge – Do you have a strong interest in something that you’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge about over the years?
- Skill – Do you have a skill that you’ve mastered that you’d like to teach to others?
- Passion – Do you have a passion for something you’d like to learn about and then share with others?
- Product – Do you have a product or an idea for one that fulfills a need or does so better than the competition?
- Service – Do you have a service or an idea for a service that satisfies a need or does so better than anyone else?
Each of these areas could be developed into an income-generating website. The keys to success are being passionate about your niche, having an adequate number of interested customers/visitors, and entering an unsaturated market that you have a good chance of dominating in the search results.
If you don’t have any e-business experience or technical knowledge or you’ve tried and failed in the past, I highly recommend you watch this short video.
I share my experience and recommendations for both beginners and those with some online business and website design experience in these articles: “How to Create an Income Generating Website” and “How to Create Passive Income Online.”