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?