Self-employment checklist

Do you have the profile of an entrepreneur? Just as many people don't fit the profile for corporate work, a large number of persons shouldn't become entrepreneurs. Take this quiz to find out if you fit the profile of an entrepreneur.

Answer each question with a 'Yes', 'To some extent' or 'Not at all'.

  1. Do you like to work on a project from start to finish?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  2. Are you structured? Do you like to plan your day?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  3. Do you have specific goals? Do you have a set plan for reaching those goals?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  4. Would you describe yourself as outgoing, energetic, friendly and sociable?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  5. Do you frequently work after hours to meet deadlines or to get additional income and are you willing to work through the night or weekend to complete a project?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  6. Are you at ease helping or serving the public? Do you have any experience in service related work?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  7. Is earning a good income more important to you than titles, a large office, stability or getting new things?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  8. Are you computer literate or able to use the personal computer to do administration?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  9. Do you have a large circle of friends, family members and network contacts?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all
  10. Do you think you have a needed skill or knowledge that can be useful to others?
    [ ] Yes [ ] To some extent [ ] Not at all

Calculating your score:
For every YES answer give a 2
For every To some extent answer give a 1
For every Not at all answer give a 0
Count them all together

Interpretation of the result:

11-20 = Why are you still waiting, you should be self-employed.

6-10 = You have the potential for becoming an entrepreneur, but need to work on your weak areas.

0-5 = Rather stay at your employer, you are more suited for the formal employment sector.

Not everyone is an entrepreneur. If you enjoy risks to some extent, are willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, don't mind working overtime and going without the some of the comforts and benefits of being employed, have a marketable hobby like to pursue new ideas, work well with people and are self motivated, then you can consider becoming self-employed