It seems in the corporation everyone wants to keep their job and this creative tension somehow fuels us to do great things so the company survives and in turn we do well also. Fundamentally, this works with the exception of a couple key points. Those exceptions are greed, jealousy and politics.
As the corporate jobs get fewer and outsourcing continues, it is harder and harder to keep a decent job in the US. In order to secure, such employment the political element enters and take care of the boss and all related people in any way. Perhaps this is good as it keeps the mass aligned but it can be slow as it in reality is just a big line or process that has to move. Add a boss or group of bosses who do not care about the details and you end up with a non-optimal and frustrating work environment. Just in case my boss reads this (as you some times do), you know you are the best and this does not pertain to you.
The small business route is also a very interesting alternative. For a self-employed individual job, security is assured but business life is not. All of the sudden customers are very important. When negotiating a deal that 1% is yours or not yours and on a big enough deal it can mean something. Excess inventory, accounts receivables …. all are very important. Supplier quality takes a new meaning. When a supplier sends the wrong candy or is constantly, short it is costing you personally and you cannot serve your customers well.
Yet the small business is yours. Your work serves you.
Some folks tend to lean toward the self-employment solution others corporate life and some like me both.
The question, which I ask you to blog about, is which is better:
- Own your Own Business
- Work in Corporate America.
- Do both