Being Your Own Boss

General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Choices
B1 Intermediate
Time Clauses, Phrases, Conditionals
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Being Your Own Boss | Speaking Lesson Plan

Lesson Description

Do you have what it takes to be your own boss? In this lesson, students will learn about the pros and cons of being self-employed. This lesson features a video that discusses self-employment. Students will learn and practice the zero and first conditionals, time clauses, phrases, and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • To learn about the pros and cons of being self-employed

  • To learn and review the zero and first conditionals and time clauses

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use new vocabulary relating to the topic


The video presents the pros and cons of being self-employed. If you want to be your own boss, plan for some lifestyle changes. No matter which way you slice it, life will be different as a self-employed business owner.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

employee [noun]: a person working in a company
employer [noun]: a person or business that provides a job
self employment [noun]: the state of working for yourself
employ [verb]: to hire
unemployment [noun]: not having a job
sleep in [verb]: to stay in bed longer than usual in the morning
sloppy [adjective]: careless
a bum [noun]: a person with no job, home, or money who wanders
accomplish [verb]: to achieve
trap [noun]: a situation from which it is impossible to escape
co-working space [noun]:a place in which workers of different companies share an office space
unemployed [adjective]: a person without a job
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