IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 196 - Some people prefer to work for themselves or own a business

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.   

Some people prefer to work for themselves or own a business. Others prefer to work for an employer. Would you rather be self-employed, work for someone else, or own a business?

Use specific reasons to explain your choice.

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
Several people choose to be self-employed rather than becoming a professional employee, while others decide to be a professional or an entrepreneur. Each of the choices has its own positive and negative things, but in my personal opinion, I prefer to be an employee, since it has the lowest risk

To begin with, some people have decided to be self-employed. They prefer to do that because they do not like to be regulated by any procedures, or being governed by under companies' regulation. Examples of the self-employed jobs are professional actors, athletes, freelancers, or other kinds of art performers. While others prefer to be an entrepreneur because they feel that by opening a new business, it brings a lot benefits for themselves and societies. Should the new business run smooth and in accordance with the business plan, the owner should get a lot of profits. And then, it will create job opportunities for the communities as well. However, these two choices have their own weaknesses. As a self-employed person, there is no guarantee that they will get a sustainable income, as they are paid in accordance with their performances. While as a business owner, it is obvious that there are a lot of risks for them such as the risk of bad debt, foreign exchange fluctuation and bankruptcy.

On the other hand, some people dislike being a professional worker. They feel that they have limited and restricted time, and sometimes the workload is also unreasonable. However, many people do not realise that becoming an employee has the lowest risk ever. They will have steady income through their monthly salaries, despite that their companies might be performing poorly. And then they would have additional benefits from the company such as medical allowance, annual leaves and company cars as well. Lastly, companies are also paying the retirement fund for their employees as well. Therefore, the advantages of being an employee outweighed the disadvantages.

In conclusion, it is a fact that people have different options about work. Some people choose to open their own business, while others prefer to be self-employed or work in an organisation. After measuring the benefits and drawbacks, I personally prefer to be a professional employee, since it has the lowest risk.

[ Written by - Darwin Lesmana ]

Model Answer 2:
Basically, people work for money and self-realization. However, some people prefer to be self-employed and others prefer to work for an employer. These two options are very different ones and I did not make my choice yet. I think that each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Working as an employee brings many benefits. First of all, one can spend more time with his family helping his child do his homework, fishing with the whole family, etc. Second of all, one has fewer responsibilities. He just does his job and does not care about the market, competitors and expected profit. One taking a vacation can forget about all troubles, relax and not worry about who does his job during his absence. Finally, an employee can always find a more interesting job with a higher salary.

From the other side, be self-employed have many benefits too. First of all, one knows the more he works the more he gets. Another important reason of being self-employed is independence. One does not have to report to anyone except one's self. However, in addition to these practical benefits, one gets more responsibilities to take care of.

To sum up, I think that be self-employed is not as easy as it may seem. A person must be self-confident, strong and patient. He must know exactly what he wants and be ready to sacrifice all his spare time to it. I have a family and at this moment I am not sure that I am ready to sacrifice my time to the job.

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0 # Joyce Tan 2016-12-18 03:33
IELTS Essay Question:
Some people prefer to work for themselves or own a business. Others prefer to work for an employer. Would you rather be self-employed, work for someone else, or own a business?

Use specific reasons to explain your choice.

Answer:
Different people have different views, skills, preferences and opportunities while choosing a career. Some people are born to be leaders and take risks while some others simply follow the safe and simple path. In my viewpoint, it is better to be self-employed than being an employee in an office. Self-employment offers freedom and more spaces for developing a business and fulfilling dreams.

Undoubtedly, as an employee in an office, someone learns many valuable skills. These skills will positively impact on someone's career growth and future endeavour. For instance, many successful entrepreneurs start their career in a company and later on move to own a business. Furthermore, when someone works in an office, he does not have to take huge risks, invest money or bear the losses incurred from the business. At the end of the month, the salary is assured and risks are all taken by the organisation, not the employee.

On the contrary, self-employment offers freedom in terms of earning potential, spending quality time, taking vacations and enjoying other social and personal aspects of life. A self-employed person is not bound to stay in an office from 9 to 5 and is not forced to work whenever the superior officer feels like. They have more passion for work, can plan freely and invest according to their capability. Unlike paid employee, they are not fired anytime the company wants to or stay overnight just to meet a deadline. Though they have to take risks and accept challenges, being self-employed is a dream for most of the people who works from 9 to 5.

In conclusion, there are pros and cons both in being self-employed and being an employee of an organisation. personally, I prefer being a self-employed person due to the unparalleled freedom it offers.
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+1 # Tintu 2016-10-17 10:11
Essay question: Some people prefer to work for themselves or own a business. Others prefer to work for an employer. Would you rather be self-employed, work for someone else, or own a business?

Use specific reasons to explain your choice.

Answer:
Even though every adult works for money and self-realisation, some prefer to be self-employed, while others choose to be a professional employee. Each of the choices has its own merits and demerits, but my personal view is that being an employee in a large and established company has the lowest risk.

On the one hand, businessmen who don't like to be controlled by others have to be highly responsible and vigilant about their company. They should be careful about the production, market demand, budget etc. and have to be mentally and financially prepared to overcome any unpredictable losses and debts.

On the other hand, a person who prefers to work under an employer enjoys many benefits. Firstly, there is always a fixed working hour where the employee can complete his tasks and the remaining time can be spent with the family. Secondly, they earn a steady monthly income which allows them to plan their expenses and savings. Lastly, people who work for a firm are entitled to annual vacations which allow them to relax and rest from the working pressure and atmosphere.

Therefore, due to the unlimited advantages, I prefer to be an employee rather than an employer or business owner.
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