From Job To Business Transferable skills

business transferable skillsHow to transition your job skills into your business

People thinking about starting a business are often stopped because they cannot figure out what to do.  What do I know how to do that is marketable, they ask?  What do I know that someone would buy?  These are questions we answer in our Best Beginnings program.  My advice is to begin by looking critically at the work you have been doing over your whole career.  Think about what you have done for your employer, then raise it up one level.  For instance if you were a PR person for the Jones Company, you found resources and developed PR for their company.  They had certain products, customers and messages that they wanted you to make public. 

So, is your skill doing PR for the Jones Company, or is your skill identifying markets, crafting messages and finding opportunities for ANY entrepreneur to become better known.  If you can see yourself able to use your talents to serve others, not just your former employer, you are on the way to developing your own business.

When you’re starting up your own business, it can be a challenge defining exactly what you do. In a job situation people have ‘job titles’ where the job description is defined for them. As you define the services you offer in your own business you have to be much more imaginative and creative and move beyond  your old job description.

What if you want to offer a service that is different from a ‘job title’ that you once had? Good news! When you’re setting up your own business, you get to design it the way you want. Pull from your past, choose the skills you’re best at, add in what you love to do, and create the best solutions for your clients.

Where do you start and what should you consider when you decide which skills you want to highlight with your business? It can be hard to evaluate yourself and decided which skills will be income earners when you’re on your own.

In this episode of Better Smarter Richer Jackie will explain ways that you can transfer skills from your employment background into your own business concept.

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