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If I could, I'd like to post my observations on being self-employed. I've been in the Air Force Reserves for a number of years, and once I went out on my own, my relations with members of my unit became strained. I've had to listen to constant snide comments about being self-employed, and when my commander saw my business name after I started my company he gave me a little derisive laugh. It seemed that things got worse as my business got better, and I finally left the unit. I plan on retiring as a matter of fact.

One day on a jobsite late, late in the evening an ice cream man came driving through. I stopped him and bought something, he was an independent operator working out of a beat up old van, from his accent I believe he was Jamaican or maybe even from Africa. I mentioned how late we were both working, and he said -"That's the way it is for us with our own businesses. We work as long as the business is there." I agreed and smiled.

You know what? Here I am with a Bachelor of Science in engineering, and about 2/3rds of the way to an MBA and I have more in common with this immigrant ice cream man then the other well-educated engineers of my former reserve unit. The reason is both the ice cream man and I are in charge of our own destinies. We don't see our future in terms of being in the hands of someone else, and don't expect somebody to "save us" by enacting some policy to save our jobs.

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