Self Employment


Evaluate each statement and decide how well each statement describes you. (Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, Strongly Disagree).

This assessment does not predict business success. There is no single set of characteristics that accurately describes all entrepreneurs. You may score low on the assessment and still succeed as an entrepreneur. As you respond to the statements, think about the reasons self-employment may or may not be the right path for you.

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I am willing to work 50 hours or more per week regularly.
My family will support my going into business.
I am willing to accept both financial and career risks when necessary.
I don't need all the fringe benefits provided by conventional employment.
I would like to take full responsibility for the successes and failures of my business.
I would experience more financial success by operating my own business.
I feel a great deal of pride when I complete a project successfully.
I have a high energy level that can be maintained over a long time.
I enjoy controlling my own work assignments and making all decisions that affect my work.
I believe that I am primarily responsible for my own successes and failures.
I have a strong desire to achieve positive results even when it requires a great deal of additional effort.
I have a good understanding of how to manage a business.
I can function in ambiguous situations.
One or both of my parents were entrepreneurs.
I believe that my abilities and skills are greater than those of most of my coworkers.
People trust me and consider me honest and reliable.
I always try to complete every project I start, regardless of obstacles and difficulties.
I am willing to do something even when other people laugh or belittle me for doing it.
I can make decisions quickly.
I have a good network of friends, professionals, and business acquaintances.
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Adapted from a career planning component of the intoCareers Career Information System.