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If you’re one of the 90% of Americans employed full-time by someone else, chances are you’re not feeling much satisfaction at work. Some of you are stuck with a boss who makes your lives miserable, while others may be merely bored or vastly under appreciated. Maybe you should become your own boss and start a business. Related: 10 Must-Haves For The Budding Entrepreneur Only 30% of Americans are actively engaged in their jobs, according to a recent Gallup report, State of the American Workplace. Not only does being unhappy at work lead to a whole range of obvious complaints, it can also take a toll on your health, the survey reported. One way to improve your situation is to strike out on your own. So, how do you know if you’ve got what it takes to run your own business? Just like most things in life, what separates the whizzes from the rans is preparation. Do your research, write a realistic business plan, raise sufficient capital, and your odds for success go way up. Even before you pinpoint your business, you’ll need to start by asking yourself key questions to determine whether you’re ready to leave a sure paycheck for the chance to take charge of your career for life.

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When you're writing a resume, you want to make sure you’ve covered everything. A checklist is the way to do that. Your resume is only given one shot once it runs through an employer’s Applicant Tracking System or gets in the hands of a hiring manager, so make sure the first glance resume read-over leaves the right impression and message for a callback. Here are the key elements to writing a resume and reviewing it before sending it out:

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Knowing how to follow up after one or more interviews can be confusing, even for the most savvy job seeker. Related: The Secret To A Great Follow Up After An Interview Here is a checklist of things you can do to leverage your post-interview activities and gain interest from potential employers.

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