Often career progression is thought of in terms of getting a new and better job or a promotion from your boss. But there are some lines of work where you can only get so far working for someone else and setting up on your own is the only real way to get ahead.
This list is far from exhaustive but will give a good idea of the types of jobs where being your own boss is the best way forward.
If you work as a tradesperson, electrician, joiner, plumber etc then often the best way to make a career progression is to go out on your own. You will have completed an apprenticeship working for someone else and this has given you the skills and experience necessary to do the job to an acceptable level. Now you are at this stage why not consider setting up for yourself and start your own firm? As you are unlikely to get a pay rise working for someone else, you will even be able to take on your own apprentice after a while.
Property & Real Estate
If you are working selling property for a real estate firm then you have to be successful at this to kept on for any real length of time. If you are this good then it makes sense you could do this for yourself rather than for someone else, to start out on your own in this line of work all it takes is some office space (which you can start out small) and some advertising.
The path to becoming a lawyer is a long one, from initially sitting the LNAT Test to qualifying and getting your first job as a trainee you have put a lot of work into becoming a lawyer. So once you have got a few years of practice under your belt it seems the next logical step to look into setting up your own practice unless you are working for a really big firm with decent advancement opportunities.
These days working in agriculture differs greatly from a few generations ago as the industry is so much more mechanized than in the past that it requires much less labor. But with the increase in the demand for local, organic and small-scale ethical food then the opportunities to set up on your own are better than they have been in a long time. Terms like a hand-picked, family business, etc. are fast becoming an advantage rather than a hindrance.
A local doctor’s practice is essentially a small business and usually is owned and run by the main doctor or doctors practicing there. Of course, you can qualify and work for someone else but the accepted career path is usually to look to open your own practice, it is worth it but you should be aware of all the associated paperwork and responsibilities involved including being aware of your legal responsibilities.