I’ve personally never had a “real job“, so I haven’t experienced the full effect of having to work for someone or being a number in a huge company. However, I have experienced seeing what happens to friends and family, working “for the man” and having to drag themselves to work everyday, and hating every minute of it. Nothing is worse than the thought of going into work every day with the one goal of clocking out at the end of the day and counting down how many more years you have till you can retire.
Below is a list of just a few “obvious” reasons why I feel it’s better to work for yourself, than making someone else rich. Yes, running a business isn’t for everyone… but if you are on the fence, maybe these points can help push you over.
1.) You Don’t Have to Take Crap from Anyone!
Who does your boss/co-workers think they are? Why are they so much better than you, that they think they can talk to you that way? This is probably the biggest reason for having your own business. No longer do you have to take crap from anyone. You are the boss and there is no one to talk down to you, or tell you what to do. If you do expand your businessÂ out and hire employees, remember how much you hated your boss and make sure not to do the same.
2.) Be More than Just a Number
How many people in your company know your name? If you have a suggestion, complaint or comment… will anyone listen? This one really depends on what your job is and who you work for, but as anyone can see, massive layoffs are happening everyday. In most of these huge layoffs, the employees were simply a number. Gone are they days when employees are given a stable position, are financially taken care of and receive the respect that they deserve.
3.) You Get What You Put Into It
In most cases, the more effort and work you put into something… the better the result. This can be stressed even more when it is your own business, because you want it to succeed that much more. Whether it’s money, growth or happiness… your efforts will always determine the end goal.
4.) More Free Time for Yourself and Your Family
While “not having to take crap from anyone” may seem like the best benefit to working for yourself, you’ll soon find that having more time for yourself and your family is what really matters. No longer will you have to wake up in the early morning and drag yourself through that horrible commute to and from work everyday… but instead you can focus on spending quality time on your business, while having more free time for more important things. Time is precious, and before you know it… it will pass you by.
5.) Your Success and Failures are Your Own
Just as much as your learn from your own successes, you will learn even more from your failures. Instead of making “the man” or “the company” successful, focus those efforts on your own business or personal goals. Instead of hitting goals for your employer and getting a bonus, focus your efforts towards new personal / business goals and increase your productivity and income every day.
6.) You Really Aren’t Making What You Think You Are!
The last point I will stress is one that may be more disturbing than anything else. Take your average salary, then work out the numbers and cost it takes you to maintain your job. How much are you spending daily on gas for your commute to and from work, your daily lunches, work attire and the most expensive of all… your time and stress levels. Work out these numbers and you may find you are “taking home” a lot less than you think… which makes it even easier for you to over take your current salary, working for yourself.
Of course, it’s easy for me to sit here and write a list of reasons why you shouldn’t be working for someone else. Not everyone has what it takes to run a business, or is ready to leave the financial stability of a job. I was fortunate enough to get started while I was in my early teens. I now have over 12 years of learning experience under my belt, making money online and loving what I do. My continuing goal with this blog is to help others accomplish their goals and be able to do the same.
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