There certainly are a lot of really good business opportunities around and that trend will most likely continue after the current economic crisis settles down a bit. But even when that happens I would suggest that having your own business will always remain more attractive than the idea of working for a boss and good self employment ideas will always be sought after. This has nothing to do with the economic climate but in my opinion it is much more related changes in people’s personal attitude to life. Following are some points on what has caused the changes.
As the baby boomers where growing up and started raising their families, traditional rules and regulations of behaviour went largely by the board. That had some upsides as well as some downsides. The UP side was that it gave people more freedom and taught them to think for themselves and make up their own minds about work and other personal relationships. This was quite a change from being told what to do by simply following a dedicated path that was almost set out from the date of birth. The place where you were born would often dictate what the employment venues available to you would be.
The advance of freedom of movement as seen from the start of the baby boomer period has given people many more options and being tied down to the one job for life has become rare instead of the norm. In the early stages of this change people moved from full time permanent positions to contract work. This started specifically in the IT industry but gradually became well accepted in almost any other industry.
The next step was to move away from any boss/staff relationship by looking at small business opportunities and self employment ideas. This of course was very much encouraged by the advent of well know entrepreneurs who made it big through bringing new and novel things to the public at large. The names that spring to mind immediately of course are people Like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. But in addition to these gurus there are many more people who have built very successful businesses of their own. The internet of course has been a major place for looking for the best business opportunities. Buying and selling on eBay may have started as a hobby for many people but by now there are a lot of people of all ages all around the world who make a very nice living doing just that.
So how far will true top business ideas stretch in a world where many people would like to start on their own business and traditional job relationships are diminishing by the day?
That in itself is a very good question to which there is no one single answer. Once upon a time you could run with your self employment ideas and make a good go of it because there wasn’t much competition and hence real business knowledge was not something that you needed to worry about too much. Because of the competition in today’s market place however it has become much more important to be sure of what you want to do with your self employment ideas before you really get going. A certain amount of business education is no longer a luxury that you don’t need to worry about. There generally is no need to get a fully fledged business degree but a small business course that teaches the basics in an easy to understand manner is essential.