By Kim Sawyer (USA)

Careers take many forms in our modern world and the variety is expanding as we speak. Most likely you work for an employer. Also commonly, you may be independently employed as a contractor to a variety of organizations, or you may own and operate a business – alone or with others.

Whether you work for yourself or for an employer, your career is a business enterprise, and you are the CEO.

Regardless of what you do or where you go to work each day, you have one primary product you sell: Yourself. The only real difference between working in a job and running a business is that as an employee, you usually only work for one customer at a time, that customer being your employer.

People who have the most successful careers as employees are people who realize this and run their careers like businesses. But most of us do not so that. We work 50, 60, even 70 hours a week; we take our work home with us, and we run ourselves ragged for companies who are all too happy to take all we’re willing to give. It is because if we do not toe the line, we do not get promoted and we do not receive raises.

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Source: iCN Issue 8 (Career Coaching); pages 26-28

About Kim Sawyer

Kim Sawyer has over twenty years of diverse experience, with expertise in the area of leadership, professional, and business effectiveness, as well as entrepreneurship. He currently works as an Executive and Business Coach and Facilitator, and his firm is theWealthSource.

theWealthSource® has developed a powerful model and a tool by which to understand and implement these principles on an ongoing basis, along with a set of skills and practices to support managing your career as a business enterprise.