Work For Yourself

Uncategorized June 19, 2014


Have you ever imagined a life where you are free to live on your own terms? Where you have the ability and opportunity to make as much money as you like?

You most probably have. Let’s face it, this is almost everyones dream. I’ve never met anyone who said they wouldn’t like to work for themselves.

A while back I quit my day job as a ‘Social Media Manager’ because it was really sucking the life out of me. I was working for a company I really didn’t care about, doing meaningless work, and making someone else a lot of money.

Ever since I quit my job as a ‘Social Media manager’ and started working for myself instead, things have been great.

Don’t get me wrong, working for yourself comes with it’s own set of problems, headaches, and set backs – but there’s nothing quite like knowing that you are in control.

Because of this, I decided to write down a list of the top 10 reasons why you should work for yourself.


1. You can work from anywhere

Tired of having to dress up every single day in formal office attire? I would say that one of the perks of being able to work for yourself is the ability to work from literally anywhere in the world. This is especially true for internet entrepreneurs.

2. You can do work you actually enjoy

Probably the main reason why most people decide to work for themselves. 90% of people dislike the work that they do at their jobs, which makes getting paid to do something you like a pretty sweet deal.

3. You will create jobs

Nothing feels better than being able to support and give others opportunities to shine. By working for yourself, and assuming you are successful, you will eventually hire others to take on the roles you don’t have time to do. You will be helping others to pay their bills, feed their families, and make a decent living.

4. There are no limits

Really! When you work for a company, you are limited to a certain amount of money each month… a salary. And if you’rereally good, you’ll probably get a 10% or 20% increase. By working for yourself, the harder you work, the more money you will make for yourself. There’s no limit.

5. You don’t have a boss

At one point or another, we all end up in a position where we hate our boss. Say goodbye to that.

6. You’ll become more mature

As fun as it might sound, working for yourself can be extremely stressful at times. No one will force you to come to work, you can work in your pyjamas, and can wake up at any time you please. This can be dangerous, and getting too comfortablemight not be a good thing. If you’re smart though, instead of crashing and burning, this will teach you self-discipline and maturity.

7. Your skin will thicken

This is a good thing. Todays generation (yes, me too) is way too soft and spoilt. We have the attention span of a freakin gold fish and want everything right here, right now. We’ve been sheltered for most of our lives and pretty much given anything we want. Working for yourself will throw your spoilt little a** into the wild where you will be shoved around, chewed up, and spit on. Your skin will thicken, and that is a good thing.

8. You can live your purpose in life

Ultimately, this is what we are all aiming for. For our lives to have a true purpose that is greater than ourselves. To know that we are creating meaningful work that is actually making a difference in this life. Working for yourself will allow you to live out your purpose.

9. Your skills will grow

I have a friend who’s corporate job requires them to write 50 – 100 campaigns a day. This is cool and all, but it won’t really teach them any other valuable skills in the market place. Doing your own thing, at least at the start, would require you to get out there and wear 10 hats at a time. Product development, marketing, sales, accounting – these are all things you would have to learn and implement on your own.

10. You’ll be remembered

And finally, my favorite one of all. Working for yourself will give you the adventure of a lifetime, a great story to tell, and most importantly – a reason for people to remember you. Nothing drives us more than the desire for a great legacy.

I always hear from friends and family that their ultimate goal is to work for themselves, but seldom see any action. Come to think of it, NONE of them have ever taken any action to make it happen. Does this sound familiar? I used to be like this as well, fear would always get me – but at one point, I was faced with the idea of settling or actually facing my fears.

The idea of settling freaked the hell out of me, so I quit my job.

What about you?

Have you settled yet?

Are you considering working for yourself?

What are you afraid of?

Comments 23

  1. Abdoullah TAHRI JOUTI says on February 27, 2014

    Hi ! I did quit 7 months ago and started my own company in the IT business.
    It’s mush harder than being an employee, but it’s much more pleasant when you get the total of what you deserve !
    Can you post something about how to manage time between projects, and more especially, how to manage between work & family time ?
    Cheers !

  2. karimboubker says on February 27, 2014

    Awesome! You’re right… it is MUCH harder than being an employee, really… MUCH MUCH harder… it is definitely not for everyone… but as you’ve mentioned, it is a lot more rewarding… and you get to be in charge of your own destiny in stead of depending on ONE corporation or organization that couldn’t care less about you. I have a couple new posts coming soon, but I will think about your suggested posts and see if I have it in me to write something accordingly!!!

  3. Nora says on February 28, 2014

    having some plans :)
    your website came at the right time. the eBooks are so helping so far.
    i’m keeping my fingers crossed ;)

    Thank you so much

  4. karimboubker says on February 28, 2014

    Awesome! I’m extremely humbled by this and super grateful that my work could help… even if in a small way. No need to thank me, it’s my honour to be able to serve :)!

  5. Gourma lhoussaine says on March 16, 2014

    Today, a friday like no other, this is the end of the week; a weekend happens …. I am not motivated enough for these two holidays …. I was before … it is good my style of life currently, I only sell more than my time or rather my age to enrich the purposes of a boss … I take advantage of this to me simply. Before, I was this little slave for three years with masters … I started my week in thinking at its end, what paradox!! The eve of each Monday was a horror … I happened to be doubter with God and believe that during the drafting of my destiny! He told me copy-paste my life of the first month of my job. But to be honest , i concluded immediately that God had prepared the best gift , it is my age. This gift belongs to me exclusively, thank God, I take advantage each day, for me and my relatives. Few days ago, I tasted the flavor of my freedom, i love the whole week without exception. I get up in the morning without thinking of the referee counts the boss … I think of those who are dear to me … I make calmly my decisions … I …. I …. i … Good weekend to small wage earners. I love you Monday

  6. Karen Martínez P. says on June 19, 2014

    The major reason I wanted to work for myself was getting control of my life.

    It’s great to be on your own and to know the results you get are up to you, not anybody else.

    Nice post! :)

  7. karimboubker says on June 19, 2014

    @Karen – Exactly! It’s a big challenge, especially when you are starting out – but then again, your results are directly related to your hustle… unlike in a corporate environment. you blog looks cool, wish you all the best!

  8. Rob McNelis says on June 21, 2014

    love the look of your blog and this post!

    P.S. Im always looking for new growth tactics to feature on my site. Would be curious to hear more about your strategy. hit me up sometime.


  9. karimboubker says on June 21, 2014

    thanks Rob – i’ll surely hit you up soon!

  10. Mi Muba says on June 21, 2014

    Hi karim boubker
    To me becoming my own boss is the biggest pleasure of my life. To hell a life where you have to think as per orders of your boss. That is why there is no alternate of doing for yourself instead of others.
    I somewhere read: “Make your dreams come true else someone will hire you to make his dreams come true”.
    So before such stage comes into our life we need to start our own venture and earn money as much as we want.

  11. Asif Ahmed says on July 3, 2014

    I worked for a company for 6 months. when I quit the job, I decided that I will never ever work for anyone else.
    It’s been 7 years that way. I love getting up to work on things I love.
    It’s totally out of words to express.

  12. karimboubker says on July 3, 2014

    Awesome man, that’s great to hear! What would your advice be for anyone who wants to do the same thing?

  13. Alex says on January 27, 2015

    Great article! What I’m afraid of? Hmm… Maybe I’m afraid that I could never leave my job to be a freelancer because I don’t have the time to learn useful skills to make people hire me for work.

  14. karimboubker says on January 27, 2015

    I can totally relate Alex, but you know – if we want to to learn something we just have to carve out the time for it… even if it’s just an hour a day – because that adds up to a lot in the long term! i guess that we just need to want it bad enough to start taking real action :). So start learning these skills today!!!!

  15. Kania says on January 27, 2015

    I came across the addendum to this article on Medium, which led me to your site. I felt compelled to write a comment because I quit my job around this time last year to start my own business. I was working at probably one of the best digital agencies in North America but craved a different lifestyle. I wanted to have a flexible schedule and the ability to work remotely. It’s a huge decision to leave a job with a steady income and security but the truth is, in order to make big moves in your life you gotta think of the big picture and do whatever it takes to make it happen. I’m fortunate enough to have support and probably wouldn’t have done this if the circumstances were different but the bottom line is that you should never settle when it comes to career choices. I now run my own web company helping all kinds of businesses rock the online world. At this moment, I am working remotely in a much warmer climate while it’s freezing up North. To be my own boss and run my own show, it’s not easy, but it makes me happy to know that I’m taking control of my life and destiny. Thanks for the reminder of why we choose this path.

  16. karimboubker says on January 27, 2015

    Hello Kania, thank you so much for such a thoughtful comment :). I completely agree with you. Starting your own venture can be very stressful and difficult at times, but at the end of the day it all comes down to choosing the path that would make you happy and not settling for less. It seems like you are off to a great start, and doing some cool things – an example that many of us can aspire to. Thanks again for the comment Kania, and I look forward to hearing more about your updates and hopefully many successes!

  17. Alex M says on January 27, 2015

    I don’t fully agree with “You can do work you actually enjoy”. I know in web design/development, if I go do my own company, then I have to do loads of work I don’t enjoy. Things like sales pushes/pitching and hand-holding clients.

    Now, one can say “freelance”, but in the end, you’re then not “working for yourself”, but instead temporarily working for someone.

    I’m not knocking working for yourself totally, but in my attempts I didn’t find it as “wonderful” as many make it out to be.

  18. karimboubker says on January 27, 2015

    hey Alex, i agree. just because you work for yourself it doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy the work you do – unless you figure out how to turn the work you love into a real business. that’s when the real magic happens – so maybe you should quit the freelance game and try something else? Something you really genuinely enjoy and turn it into a business?

  19. Alex M says on January 27, 2015

    My original try was at my own business, making websites for other businesses. I’ve had colleagues tell me “you should just make a dotcom and be rich”, but they fail to understand you need an IDEA first…something I don’t have. ;)

    I’ve more come to the conclusion that one has to be the “boss of their career”. To make yourself skilled/valued enough that bosses or managers won’t mess with you or take advantage of you. When you sit in a position knowing they need you more than you need them.

    In the end, I enjoy web design and development…I just found that doing it on my own as my own company or a freelancer wasn’t fun or happy. I won’t knock your ideas on being your own boss, and would tell anyone to try it to see if it’s for you. I just think the alternative is to build your career to a level where you call the shots more than those handing you a paycheck. That and to always seek a good team and culture if you wish to go this route.

    The one thing no one should think or fall into is “I’m stuck and can’t do anything about it”. That’s what losers say.

  20. karimboubker says on January 27, 2015

    i see, i guess you’ve got a point. i got a few other similar comments as well – and i guess that working for yourself just isn’t for everyone! there’s absolutely nothing wrong with working at a job and getting promoted, etc… especially if you enjoy the work you do – and it’s also true that a good team and solid culture makes a huge difference in terms of your own personal happiness. thanks again for sharing Alex, and I wish you tons of success! feel free to keep us updated on everything, it’s always good to hear different perspectives and ideas :).

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