Everyone is self-employed; everyone is in sales
Did you know that you are self-employed? Well, whether you know it or not, you are!
You might be thinking, “No, I work for a company and I’m not even a shareholder let alone the owner.”
I want you to read this next sentence, then sit still for a minute and let it seep into the crevices of your brain: It does not matter who signs your paycheck or what company you work for or what your job is at that company; everyone is self-employed and everyone is in sales.
You do not have to own your own company or, literally, be in business for yourself to be “self-employed.” In fact, even if you are retired or are still in school, you are, ultimately, self-employed and your job is to market (sell) who you are and what you are able to do to. You are your own company. You are your own brand. Once you wrap your brain around this idea and embrace it, you will be more successful in building relationships and in creating “job” opportunities.
You might not like the idea of “selling yourself,” but that really is what we do every day. If you have friends, it is because you have shown them something about yourself that makes them want to be around you. If you have a spouse or a very serious “significant other,” it is because there is something about you that makes that person want to be around and, perhaps, spend the rest of their life with you. Whether you are aware of it or did it intentionally, you convinced those people, or that person, that they should choose you out of all of the other people they know. They “bought” you!
If you think of yourself as self-employed while you are at your “job,” you will see the work you do and the company you work for differently. Your “job” is to provide a product or service that meets the needs of, and adds value to, your customer. When your company hired you, they did so because of what you could provide. During the interview process, you convinced (sold) them to use your service instead of that of other candidates. If they fire you, it is because your product or service did not meet their needs or they no longer need your product or service.
Being in “sales” doesn’t mean begging, pleading, or trying to manipulate people into buying something they don’t need. The most successful salespeople know the value of the product or service they provide and try to find a match between what they sell and those people who need, will benefit from, and are looking what they have to offer.
If you will change your thinking about being self-employed, it will change your life. It will change your work and your relationships. You will know the value of who you are and what you have to offer and you will be looking for opportunities to bring value to the world around you. And, most importantly, you will be taking responsibility (ownership) for your present and future success!
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