If you’re on Facebook it might seem like everyone you know has started their own business and with the growing success of social media marketing, it’s not hard to see why. But should you do the same?
Read on for 8 irresistible reasons to start your own business.
Monday mornings SUCK!
If your entire Sunday is ruined by the early onset of dread for the coming work week, you don’t like your job. Maybe you’re unfulfilled or perhaps you’re fed up with the office politics – whatever the reason, it’s time to get out. Life is too short to work hard for unhappiness.
Be your own boss
This is the dream for all of us entrepreneurs. Why spend your best years working for somebody else when you could be pouring all of your energy and passion into your own business? Want to knock off early on Friday and hit the pub? Excellent! Just clear it with the boss first 😉
You hate commuting
You spend several hours a week with your face embedded in the sweaty armpit of a stranger and you pay a small fortune for the privilege. Yes, it’s easy to see why this one makes the list. Many businesses can be started, and run, from the comfort of your home. Imagine if your commute consisted of a quick trip down the stairs in your slippers…
Employers outsource to the little man
You may want your new business venture to be completely unrelated to your current 9-5 prison sentence but if you don’t actually mind your job – why not freelance? So many employers are outsourcing work to individuals to save money on their overheads and so you could simply do your job from home as a freelancer. Your current employer may even outsource to you if they think you do a good job. Check out elance for inspiration.
Set your own schedule
Nobody said we have to work 9-5 (well, accept for our employers) and once you start your own business you can dictate your own timetable. For instance, I tend to work mostly in the evenings and one full day at the weekend. I get the same amount of work done but in my own time when I know I am most productive. Whoever thought that chaining us to our desks for 8 hours a day and 5 days a week was a good idea must have worked for themselves…
You want to build a legacy for your children
It would be lovely to build a business that you can leave to your children, creating something that would last for years and pass down generation to generation, but a legacy could be more simple that that. If you’re children see you working hard to provide for them you will inspire a work ethic in your offspring that they just can’t learn at school, no matter how good its Ofsted report is.
Teach yourself new skills
Humans have evolved over centuries by learning and developing their skill-set. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the further you will go. (Rhyme unintended). Try finding something that interests you and start researching it. If you can turn it into a business that you are passionate about whilst learning a new life skill, you’ve hit the jackpot.
Spend more time with the people that matter
We like our colleagues, but we don’t really want to spend that much time with them. You may work longer hours on your business in the beginning but whilst you do you’ll be surrounded by your family and friends and that, is priceless.
What made you start your own business? Let us know in the comments below.