Mrs. Kathryn Shewmaker
10 English Pre-AP 5
27 January 2012
Creativity in the Self-Employed
Setting foot out into the career industry is already a scary thought. But to certain individuals, working under supervision doesn’t make the idea any more appealing. Many turn towards the music of self-employment, which sounds incredibly fantastic. Some might even refer to it as a dream career since there’s the flexible hours, the comfort of working at home, the convenience of setting hours according to the busy lifestyle of an average human, the enjoyment of being freed of training (depending on the job), and the luxury of getting paid according to the effort put in. (Limauge). To become the true definition of an entrepreneur, one must be able to organize, manage, and assume all the risks of a business or enterprise. (Britannica). Entrepreneurs tend to move quickly, adjust frequently, trust themselves extremely, and desire achievements. They carry all these traits that cannot be taught. Only the people with these natural born traits can be successful in the pursuit of becoming an entrepreneur. (Adams). Entrepreneurship can really be shortened to one great synonym: risk. The risk of walking away from everything that mankind has always been raised to known to create something new. Along with that, there’s the risk of taking one’s life and family into an unfamiliar storm of stress and uncertainty. One might ask, “Why put your life through all the trouble, when you can just walk the simple road and do what is the norm?” An acceptable answer to that is creativity. Being in charge means total control. It gives you “the ability to make or otherwise bring into existence something new, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form.” (Britannica). It allows one to be able to do whatever they please just to accomplish what they want. There’s no rules, no boundaries. Although being an entrepreneur sounds glamorous, every good point has a downside. There are no benefits such as health insurance or overtime. One must be able to keep records and submit invoices for payment. They must be able to pay employment taxes. As if all the technical issues aren’t displeasing enough, one might have to overcome being alone for a period of time with no one to talk to. Probably the biggest drawback has to be trying to motivate oneself to work. (Limauge). Ernestine Fu, a young venture capitalist in Silicon Valley focuses on personal qualities rather than business particulars when searching for potential entrepreneurs. She chooses characteristics like passion “because people who love what they are doing create the best products”, flexibility “to deal with ups and downs of a startup”, and optimism “for thinking big and having high expectations”. (Adams).
Zach Hamilton noticed that a single engine propeller training planes were covered with dirt and mulch. This led him to start a company to wash aircraft. DevilWash is a power washing service that filters and reuses most of its water. They embrace the Clean Water Act and recycle 90% of water. (Adams).
For most people, breaking a new iPhone twice in two days would be a tragedy. In 2009, armed with a small screwdriver and a dental pick in his living room, A.J. Forsythe replaced his iPhone 3G’s shattered screen within two hours. For A.J. Forsythe, it was the start of a new iCracked. He taught 30 technicians in cities ranging from Atlanta to Honolulu how to fix smashed iPhones within a few minutes. iCracked is now the United States largest iPhone repair company. (Adams).
Corinee Prevot was 17 years old when she showed up at East Burke Sports in northeast Vermont in her math teacher’s car, carrying a box full of brightly colored Lycra and fleece hats designed for cross-country skiing. Prevot’s passion is skiing, not business. But once she became interested in cross-country skiing, she noticed that their fashion options were quite limited. Skida is...