Being self-employed can offer many advantages – you’re your own boss and you decide where and when you will work. You can choose what hours are spent in the office and you can fit personal appointments into the working week. For many entrepreneurs their outgoings are reduced as they work from home and don’t have to think about travel expenses.
Of course, there are disadvantages to working for yourself. You may find it socially isolating and it may be difficult to give 100% to the tasks facing you if you are easily distracted by things like ironing and cleaning – which suddenly become much more appealing when you have something difficult to do!
With the development of facilities like Skype and other online conferencing, you only need to go to physical meetings occasionally. But of course, with the reliance on the internet, there are a few downsides. You are much more at risk of falling prey to one of the thousands of viruses that are released every day onto the internet, and all of the information that you hold on your computers is at risk unless you have some good anti-virus software installed.
Being in control of your own business means that sorting out things like IT and internet security falls to you and you alone. You may feel pressure as you have to make all these decisions by yourself, but don’t let it worry you, internet security is one of the easiest things to sort out.
It just takes a couple of internet searches to find the big providers of internet security, and to find reviews of different products. You should also talk to other people you know about the internet security package they use or would recommend. Once you’ve done a bit of research, you can download free internet security as a trial and test it out for 30-60 days, which should give you plenty of time to see how it works for you.
And once you’ve chosen which internet security package is right for your business, you can get on with the business of running your company.
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.