Working and Career

Working and Career

Joshua Stewart

WORKING: Self-Employed Stigma

By Joshua StewartPosted September 30, 2013 7:43am (EDT)
(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/476098132/>Tim Patterson via Flickr</a>.)

(Photo Courtesy of Tim Patterson via Flickr.)


People who are entrepreneurs or who have been self-employed bring a lot of skills to the table when they apply for jobs.

“Self-starter, innovative, you can wear multiple hats. You’re not gonna ever say, ‘Well that’s not MY job.’ What employer doesn’t want that?” said Brandon Smith, a workplace consultant and career coach who is also a regular commentator on working issues for GPB.

“I hear that consistently across all organizations,” he said.

However, new research suggests companies who want those skills don’t want to get them from entrepreneurs.

“The common knocks against entrepreneurs are: they don’t like to play by other people’s rules; they don’t like a boss; they may not necessarily play well with others; and once you’ve been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, it’s a hard bug to shake,” Smith said.

He explains how to frame your entrepreneurship in a way that will help you re-enter the workforce on this week’s Working on GPB Radio.

Click here ask Brandon a question about your job or career. We might answer you on the air.

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