Don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to jack in your day job and hope for the best. But I do think that for the vast majority of us, we would be so much happier if we could tell the boss where to stick it and work for ourselves.
At the moment, I’m stuck in the middle. I’m building up a business whilst still having the security of my day job should my business go belly up. I would give pretty much anything to be able to walk away from my job and just focus on my own business. But, daft things like working towards a mortgage application are forcing me to keep going for now.
The long term goal is to be completely, 100% self-employed though. And that’s what I’m pouring my energy into working towards. Pretty much every single spare minute is spent on the business. It’s a good job I love what I do!
Why working for yourself should be your goal
I could talk for hours about the reasons why working for yourself should be your goal. There are, literally hundreds of reasons why being your own boss trumps working for somebody else! But, I’ll rein myself in a little and just concentrate on the main ones.
Making money for you.
When you’re employed, you’re ultimately making money to line somebody else’s pocket. Yes, you’re being paid, and you’re earning a living, but it’s the big bosses that will reap the biggest rewards from your hard work.
When you’re self-employed, all of that lovely profit is solely yours. In a job, it generally doesn’t matter how hard you work, you’ll still get paid the same salary at the end of every month. When you’re self-employed though, you get to keep the profits when you’ve had a particularly successful month.
Building a legacy.
Family businesses are wonderful things.
I’m building an online business, and I hope that by the time my children leave school, I will be able to bring them on board too. I love the idea of sharing my success with my family, and I want my children to reap the benefits of working for themselves too.
When you work for yourself, you can pick and choose when you want to work. If working in the evenings fits in with your family life, then you can choose to work then. Or, if working term-time only works best for you, then go for it.
Be aware though that building up a business is hard work, and extremely time consuming. In the early days, you will probably find that you put in more hours than you did when you were employed.
Be your own boss.
One of the things I absolutely hate about being employed is constantly being told what to do. I have my own mind and my own ambitions, and I want to be able to use them! Running my own business gives me the freedom to stamp my own unique vision onto things.
So, if you’re on the fence about starting up your own business, then just do it! There’s nothing quite like working for yourself and making a success of it. If you need the stability of your job whilst you get started, then that’s fine, but don’t let that hold you back. Let me know what you think in the comments.