So if you still think you real like your job as an employee, my
career advice for you is: be a full partner in whatever you do, not just
an employee. Treat your organization’s mission as if it really means
something to you; if it doesn’t mean anything to you, go find an
organization whose mission does. That’s all, if nothing else works,
quit. But do it intelligently.
A quick reminder
Don’t misunderstand me. I do not believe that everyone should go out
on their own or quit their day jobs. Some people need to work for
somebody else, others will blossom and thrive working for themselves,
and still others will do a little bit of both things. Right now let me
remind you some of the benefits that life will offer you once you have
decided to start your own business
1. You’re your own boss, you control how your work is done:
Your client has a say in the final product, but that’s it — their power
ends there. How you get from point A to point B is completely up to you
and that is awesome.
2. You earn more money: This is true even to a
freelancer. On average, freelancers earn 45% more than those who are
traditionally employed. They’re also allowed to deduct certain business
expenses that employees are not, allowing to actually keep more of what they earn.
3. You spend less: When was the last time you were
stuck in traffic on your way to work? If you perform your professional
duties from a home office, it’s most likely been a very, very long time.
(And, no, waiting in line for the bathroom for your morning shower
doesn’t count).Think of all the money on gas you’ve been saving.Even if
you work outside of your home, as someone who’s own a business, you have
the power to choose the location. And I’d be willing to bet you chose
somewhere that fits your resources.
4. You enjoy variety: When you were an employee —
whether you were crumbling away in a cubicle, restlessly working retail,
or dying at the drive-thru — you were handed a manual or given some
hasty instructions by your boss and then…that was it. You knew what you
needed to know to perform your job, and so because your job never, ever
changed, there was never any reason to grow beyond that..
You’re forced to think — to be creative — and you love it
When you own a business, your job is changing constantly. You’re
expected to continually adapt, learn, and update your skills. With every
new client comes a new challenge. You’re forced to think — to
be creative — and you love it, don’t you? (It’s okay to admit it. Go
ahead. Take a second to say it out loud.). It’s a great feeling to know
that your skills are being put to good use and that those skills are
going to continue to grow as your business grows.
5. No co-worker drama: For the most part i work
alone (or work remotely) and that isolation can be a bit daunting at
times. But do you really, honestly, miss your co-workers? Unless they
are awesome the answer is always no!. But for the most part some
co-workers are always stubborn. This is to say if you are an extrovert
and you can work alone I have good news for you. Working alone is
always there for everyone in the early stages of your business. But
once your business is up and running you will need to employee others.
In this case those won’t be your co-workers but rather your employees.
6. Sick Day? A-OK!: whenever I think of a sick day I get reminded about this woman who happened to be an employee for
so long that she was taken aback when, upon a recent visit to the
hospital, she was asked by nurse if she needed a note for excusing her
absence: while she continued with her nurse story I I asked her then
what did you answer to that nurse what she told me is that, her answer
to that nurse wasI guess if I were employed in the traditional corporate
world, I’d be forced to ask, ‘Please boss can I take my daughter to see
the neurosurgeon? No? Okay.’ Seriously? Seriously?” . and she continued by saying that,” Gaston If you have a self running business A day off doesn’t matter and we can take that day off without having to beg for our boss’ forgiveness. Or feel the demeaning sting of having to prove how ill we were by providing a doctor’s note. Or fill out a stack of meaningless forms”.
When she finally said that, I asked her another question. And I was
like, “do you have health insurance?” she chuckled and said Of course
yes, but I had to buy own health insurance. But even that isn’t so bad;
at least i get to choose which insurance company I can use. Gaston its
always awesome to own a business because even health coverage is no
longer left up to a head honcho choosing the cheapest package. And I
just smile then!
7. Your work area is truly yours: One of the reason I
like hate being an employee is that I can”t decorate my office they way
I want it to be. I’m a fan of good offices and being an entrepreneur I
have the power to decide how my office can look like, a location of the
office. It is awesome because, you want dual monitors instead of one? Go
ahead. Prefer a standing desk? Knock yourself out. And framed photos of
your friends and family? The more the merrier! Decoration regulations
are a thing of the past. You can Feng Shui your work space to your
heart’s content. So you can put up that poster you found online, get in
the habit of watering your indoor fern, and finally buy that ergonomically correct chair. it all about you and what you want.
8. New equipment when you want/need it: one of the
reason I hate being an employee is because sometimes it would need a lot
of waiting time just to wait approvals from individual who at the top
level of the management of the organisation I work for. If you’ve ever
worked in an office building, you’re well aware of the frustrations that
come along with the I-need-something hierarchy. Whether you need a new
pack of pens, staples, or laptop repair, as an employee you would have
to ask someone for the equipment you needed. And then they would ask
someone else, who would ask someone else, who would ask someone else. It
could take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, months just to
get the equipment or maintenance you needed in order to complete your
project. If you are business owner you just decide want you want you go
to the store buy and there you go with your projects.
9. No uniforms. If you real know in personal you
might definitely be aware of the fact that I hate uniforms to death. The
reason I hate wearing uniform is that you like everyone else and that
you can be different. You might notice Being business owner you are
calling the shots. it is a bit like being mark zukerberg: No Jacket
Required. Also, no tie required. No neon polyester t-shirt. No two-toned
logo-covered baseball cap. Unless you’re meeting with a client in
person — or via video chat — you can wear (or not wear) whatever you
darn well please. It might be a cliché to a business owner in but, it’s
definitely an option to wear whatever you want.
10. You set your own schedule: Whether you crave the
steady familiarity of a fixed schedule, or you long to mix it up with
hours that are more flexible; as your own a business, you’re the one who
creates your schedule. It is all about you and what you want because,
if you’re not a morning person, you can rest easy knowing that you no
longer have to set your alarms in triplicate in order to just barely
make your morning meeting. Or, if early’s your style, you can set your
hours for the dawn and have a full day’s work done before your kids get
up for school.
11. You’re more valued: As a business owner, you’re
no longer part of the hive; you’re a highly-valued individual. More
importantly, you get to decide what that value is, through high quality
and well-delivered products or services. Far more, you get credit for
your own work, products or services. And, through your ongoing marketing
efforts, you always start to earn some name recognition, not just among
your long-time customers and clients, but also from complete strangers
12. You choose your own customers: When you work as
an employee, you’re more-or-less forced to serve whoever decides to show
up at your employer’s place of business. Whether it’s a bedraggled
couple with two crying children looking to buy school supplies or the
old man who screams at you because he still hasn’t quite
figured out how the combo menu works or the confused woman who’s called
three times in the past hour with the exact same customer service
question: you had to help them. You had to help them simply because,
that was your job. The good thing about being an entrepreneur is that,
If a client yells at you now, it’s because you chose the wrong customer
or client. You’re the one in control now, not them. You choose who you provide services to.
That said, if the list above speaks to you, don’t wait for the
“perfect time”. Figure out the simplest way to start your own business,
and just jump in. I don’t guarantee success, but I do guarantee a wild
ride that many of you, hopefully won’t regret.
Bringing It All Together
While i may hate being an employee Don’t misunderstand me. I do not
believe that everyone should go out on their own or quit their day jobs.
Some people need to work for somebody else, others will blossom and
thrive working for themselves, and still others will do a little bit of
Tell me what is your passion! What do you aspire to be? And how you achieve that!
Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.
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