November 14, 2016

10 Reasons Why You Should Work For Yourself

Do you want to work for yourself? Entrepreneurship is an attractive way to make a living and there are numerous reasons why you should work for yourself vs pursuing the typical career path. Branching out on your own and starting your own business is certainly a risky endeavor. But if you are successful, it’s totally worth it. It’s your responsibility to research the pros and cons of working for yourself before you fully commit to this exciting way of life.

A bright lightbulb stands out from a line of unlit lightbulbs

Here are the top 10 reasons why you should work for yourself:

  1. Be Your Own Boss – When you run your own business, the only person you’ll have to answer to is yourself.
  2. Everything You Do Will Be For You – When you work for yourself, everything you do for your business directly affects your own personal bottom line. This means you’ll apply more effort and hard work because your reputation stands behind your business.
  3. Control Your Own Schedule – Since you are the boss, you can control when and where you work. You truly get to set your own schedule. As long as things get done in a timely fashion and at the level of quality you desire, you’ll be happy.
  4. Get Paid To Do What You Love – Ideally when you start your own business, you’ll pursue something that you enjoy. That means you’ll make a living through your passion and all of your hard work doesn’t really seem like work.
  5. Get To Know Yourself – When you rely on your business to bring in the paycheck, you’ll truly get to know yourself in a different light. Who are you really when you’re hustling to make the next sale?
  6. Learn Something New Every Day – There are so many aspects of entrepreneurship – marketing, production, management, legal. It takes a vast amount of knowledge to be successful when you work for yourself. No one knows it all on day one and you’ll be constantly learning in order to better your own business.
  7. Choose Your Own Team – As the owner of your own business, you get to handpick the people who work for you and who you choose to work with. This will help you create a successful business, but will also help to build a reliable team and happy work environment.
  8. Control Your Own Income – The more successful your business is, the more money you will make. As the main driving force behind your own success, you ultimately dictate how much money you will bring in – and the sky is the limit.
  9. Do Many Different Things Every Day – In a typically 9 to 5 job, you are often stuck doing the same thing day in and day out. As an entrepreneur, you get to have your fingers in every aspect of the business. From the front line production to to the face of the sales team – you get to do it all.
  10. Create Your Own Job Security – Running your own business is a long term commitment. If you are successful, you will have the best type of job security you can imagine. No one can fire you because you own the company.

If working for yourself was easy, everyone would be doing it. Entrepreneurship requires hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and drive. The road to running a successful business begins with an idea and a business plan. Many of the best businesses start out as side jobs before they turn into full blown money producing businesses. Other attempts to work for yourself fail miserably. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from chasing your dreams. Many successful people fail at first. They go on to be successful because the learn from their mistakes.

There’s something ridiculously satisfying about ditching the overbearing boss, escaping the office cubicle, and setting out on your own career path to run your own business. Working for yourself is the ultimate dream. Are you ready to become an entrepreneur?

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

Sign up for our newsletter!