Ask anyone who works for themselves what the perks of being their own boss are and they’ll have a long list to share with you. Some are pretty obvious: making your own schedule, answering only to yourself and building something from nothing are common answers. We thought we’d put together a list of some of the best reasons to work for yourself.
- Pride in Your Work
If you’re working for yourself, there is no one to blame for failure, but you can give yourself a big pat on the back if things work out. You’re going to be putting a lot of blood, sweat and tears into your projects and business and when you start to find success and others gravitate towards your vision, the swell of pride you feel will be unmatched.
- Do What You Love to Do
Writing on LinkedIn, Karim Boubker says this: “[Loving what you do is] 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.”
When work stops feeling like work and starts feeling more like a hobby that you love to spend time with, then you know your doing the right thing. Doing what you love will lead to a healthier, happier you. Doing what you love to do also adds to your sense of accomplishment.
- Make a Difference
When you’re doing something you love, your passion for your work will constantly grow. Depending on your idea and its success, you have the chance to truly make a difference. It might not be world changing, but it might be industry changing. And you never know, maybe your idea, your work, and your company will reach the heights of Google and Apple.
- Learn and Grow Your Skills
One of the biggest fears people have about striking out on their own is the possibility that they will fail. It’s a legitimate fear. But even if your foray into working for yourself doesn’t work out, the number of skills you will acquire will be amazing. In an article on Entrepreneur.com, Mike Templeman points out “While developing new skills can be tough and takes times, it can pay off in spades. These skills will be invaluable throughout your life.”
Working For Yourself
Those are just a few things to take into account when considering taking the plunge and working for yourself. It can be scary, but with no one else to be responsible to, you may well find a strength and drive you didn’t know you had.