Small Business Blues

I guess there really isn’t any need to get into how achieving the American Dream is an impossible goal for a good many Americans, considering that the playing field is not at all level.

There’s another aspect to this that I don’t think is addressed quite as often, however, which is that not everyone is cut out to be successful in business. Politicians go on and on about small businesses, and I certainly have no beef with the idea of small businesses, but I also think there’s a climate in our nation that encourages people to go into business even when it’s not practical. First of all, to have your own business, you have to have a skill that people are willing to pay for. And perhaps more importantly, you need to have some business sense, or at least partner with someone who does. It seems all too common for people to start their own businesses because they like the idea of being their own boss, only to have the place lose money because they just don’t have any idea how to run one. Now, freelancing is all well and good, albeit rather complicated to report on your taxes. But if you really want to run your own business for a living, it takes skills that not everybody has. I don’t think I could ever run a business, for instance. Even if I thought I had an idea that would actually make money (which I don’t), it’s just too complicated.

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