‘The only way to do great work is to love what you do’ – Steve Jobs
If you are fed up of working at a dull, exhausting job, you may want to consider the possibility of working for yourself. Working at a job that no longer interests you may erode your enthusiasm for life and leave you feeling jaded and drained.
Although doing your own thing may be challenging at first, working for yourself is an intriguing option where you can work on something that you happen to be personally passionate about.
Here’s a closer look at the benefits of working for yourself:
Be your own Boss
The first advantage of working for yourself comes from the fact that you no longer have to answer to a demanding boss. Often, demanding bosses can turn the workplace into a nightmare by insisting on unrealistic deadlines, allocating extra work beyond hours and refusing to recognise merit. Working for yourself is a refreshing change.
Flexible Working Hours
When you work for yourself, you can work during the time that works best for you. Having flexible working hours also allows you to enjoy a better work-life balance. You no longer have to deal with rush hour traffic and you have improved control over your time. For example, you can enjoy quality time with your spouse or children.
Reduced Risk of Losing your Livelihood
Job redundancy is an international concern. According to the Jobs Economist, women have been at the receiving end of job cuts, especially in the public sector. Working for yourself reduces (and actually eliminate) the insecurity of job redundancy.
Focusing on your Passion and Talent
If generating tedious reports never inspired you in the first place, you might want to make money from your skills and talents. The biggest drawback in regular jobs is that you don’t always get to work on what interests you; it’s often simply a means to earn a living and pay your bills. Working for yourself offers an opportunity to combine passion and earnings.
Optimum Utilisation of Time
When you work for yourself, you have more control over what you do with your spare time. In a regular job, you are generally forced to use time in a way that helps you meet office deadlines and complete pending work.
Working for yourself can be an exhilarating and fulfilling experience that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. What benefits can you add to the list? Share them with us in the comments!