I’ve taken multiple holidays this year. I’ve built this website. I’m writing a book, and collaborating with other entrepreneurs on multiple projects…. And I’ve done all this while my business continues to thrive and earn me an income.
There are some awesome jobs out there, and many happy employees who would much rather get their steady paycheque than take a chance on building a business of their own. I get that–there’s a lot of uncertainty with entrepreneurship, and if you’re content where you are, you are likely unmotivated to ditch that job. But, if you are unhappy, let me point something out:
Jobs are uncertain too. In fact, in this economy, employment of almost any kind is uncertain. It might feel safe to stay where you are, keep your head down, do a good job and pray for a raise sometime this decade. But you never know when the economic tides are going to turn, and the unfortunate fact is that most employees are ultimately expendable. If your company feels they can’t afford you because they aren’t turning a big enough profit, or they feel they can simply ‘streamline’ their operation and earn their shareholders a few more bucks by laying off hundreds of workers… well, you’re outta luck.
What can you do? Set up your own operation, of course. Consider the benefits:
- You’re in control of your own paycheque. Choose the right business, build it well, and you will have a steadily increasing income.
- You have creative control over the look, feel and operation of your business. We are all born creators, and it feels good to exercise these powers!
- You can provide a safe haven for other people needing a great job, making a huge contribution to your community.
- Think of all the bad days you had at work, vowing the company would function much better if you were in charge: when you run your own show, you get to put your money where your mouth is.
- Wear what you want, set your own hours, create your own policies, and choose all the people you work with. Sound like a good life? It is!
- Your time belongs to you. Yes, it will take a good chunk of time to get your business up and running, but if you want to be a true entrepreneur (and I hope you do) you will set your business up to operate without you as much as possible. This is what allows me to do all the cool stuff I was bragging about in the beginning of this post
The freedom I have as an entrepreneur is priceless, and I want you to experience the same thing. If you want to be your own boss, there will never be a better time than now–go for it.