Showdown 6: Independence
This is part six of a series exploring factors in self-employment and traditional employment. For more about this series, read the opening article.
Your freedom in what you do and how you do it
If you’re an independent contractor, it’s pretty obvious who wins the independence battle. But for small businesses in a more traditional sense, independence is challenged by resources and circumstances. However, many (too many) businesses seek stability and fear risky changes. Stability is just another word for inertia. Big businesses are particularly concerned about this. But as Seth Godin says, “safe is risky.” Adapting to change is one of the smartest things a business can do, and small businesses have a major advantage. With little history and low impact on the organization, changing on the fly isn’t a calculated decision for most small enterprises – it’s what they do.