What's the best thing about being
self-employed? Angella Luyk,
owner of two businesses in Rochester,
New York, doesn't hesitate to answer.
"No one can tell me what to do, because I'm
the boss," she says. "I'm in charge of my own
Luyk is one of nearly 15 million workers
identified as self-employed in April 2014,
according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS). These workers accounted for about
10 percent of the overall workforce.
But Luyk cautions that working for yourself
isn't for everyone. "It can get tough and
scary," she says, "because everything relies on
you." Success takes preparation, determination,
and time—and it's not guaranteed.
This article can help you decide whether
self-employment is for you. The first section
describes some of the rewards and challenges
of self-employment. The second section presents
data to highlight occupations that have
many self-employed workers. The third section
discusses how to become self-employed.
Resources for more information are listed at
the end of the article.
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