Last Saturday I attended an all day event called "The Un-Job Fair" put on by Colorado Free University. It was geared toward the self-employed. Isn't that the greatest concept? I have never been to an actual "Job Fair" but my impression is that it benefits the employers and not the job seekers as there are no doubt more job seekers than actuall job openings. But at the "Un-Job Fair" all the "seekers" are actually in a position to create their own income earning ideas. I don't mean to imply that the process of self-employment isn't without it's rough spots. Sometimes the road seems impassable but the possibilities are endless and with creative thinking and persistence it is possible to move forward.
I consider myself to be partially self-employed and I am working toward full time self-employment. So the idea packed day of encouragement was well worth the small fee I paid. I wish they would have a workshop like that every month! I wish more people were curious and courageous enough to take this path. Sometimes it is a little lonely. But it is encouraging to see events like this one particularly because it was well attended and Colorado Free University offers many classes throughout the year geared toward the self-employed. Here are a couple that interest me. Start Your Own Greeting Card Company, Smart Women Decorate with Thrift and Cooking for your Dog. This may seem like a very random list but variety is the greatest thing about self-employment. When you are your own boss you aren't locked into anyone thing anymore than you are locked in a cubicle. You can explore your interests and sometimes those interest can become income generators.
One of the presenters was Barbara Winter. She has been a great source of inspiration to me over the last several years. I will leave you with this quote from her because it is such a perfect summary of why the path of self-employment is worth the risk for me and I suspect for many.
"I became an entrepreneur to see what I could become. It was a curiosity not shared by any employer I ever had."
Hooray for the Un-Job Fair!!!