Fact 1: About 30% of the American workforce is self-employed.
What This Could Mean to YOU . . .
That means that almost 15 million people have created their own jobs, their own companies, and their own business opportunities. These people are real Rainmakers.
And you may think they are their own bosses. But you would be wrong.
You know that any person who works for an established business will have a boss. You should know that even in the biggest businesses, the biggest bosses have bosses.
But even if you own your own company, you will have bosses. You will have customers you have to please, suppliers who demand on-time payments from you, communities that will expect certain behaviors from you, government regulations you will have to follow, and taxes you will need to pay.
Being your own boss – if you are in the right business for your skills – can be very satisfying. But being the boss of you … and the boss of your own business … means you would have to know everything there is to know about creating and managing a business. Being your own boss also means you will probably be working many more hours in any given week than the average worker.
The knowledge you will need to be successful in any business is based on the skills you learn in high school, including English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. You may use subjects such as Music, Art, and Physical Education to actually earn a living. Having high-end computer skills is also probably a good idea.
So, study hard and do well in all your high school subjects.
And if your school supports our Rainmakers Internship Preparation Program, make sure you participate in every activity you can. You will learn a lot about the business world and what you have to do now to succeed in tomorrow’s workforce. You will also learn the skills you need to enter the Gig Workforce while you are still in high school, and where, at the age of 18, you can earn money and contribute to your income, education, and career goals.
If your school does not offer our college-ready/work-ready programs to you, make sure you ask them to start right away!