Most people have dreamt of being self-employed at one point or another, but how many of us actually know the truth about becoming an entrepreneur?
Here’s a list of the pros and cons we think come with the territory…
You make all the decisions
If you don’t like something you can change it, or you want something to be the top priority then you can make it so and no one can tell you otherwise. You have complete control over everything in your own little world and that’s pretty thrilling!
I know you just shouted that in your head like Mel Gibson from Braveheart, but it’s true. You can pick your own hours, chose what you work on and even decide if you want to give yourself a raise (which let’s be honest who hasn’t wanted to do?).
A sense of….yay I did that!
When something goes right or you complete a project you can look forward to the wonderful feeling of achievement and success. You don’t have to share praise with people who possibly didn’t really do anything, it was all on you and you came through.
It’s all about the passion baby
You can follow your passion whatever that may be and turn it into a profitable business, can anyone really ask for more from life?!
You gotta be tough on yourself, you can’t procrastinate when there is something that needs doing because it’s your pay day gone if you do. You have to make sure that everything that needs to be done gets done.
Stress is your new BFF
Say hello, because you’ll spending morning, noon and night together. Being an entrepreneur isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, sometimes it’s about deadlines, budgets and just a general feeling of being overwhelmed. Just remember to take some time to relax and think about the positives.
Lonely, I’m so lonely…
Now that Akon is stuck in your head (you’re welcome) let’s discuss how lonely it can be working by yourself day in, day out. Some days this can really get to you but try to schedule social calls or out of the house visits with your friends and family to remind you that you are not alone.
Becoming self-employed is a huge risk to most people; it’s a new set of rules to follow, you have to give up a stable position with regular pay checks and there’s always that chance that it won’t work out.
You might not know when you’re next payday is going to come in and some months you may get more than others. One way to keep yourself on your feet is to have a little bit of money put aside in case times get hard for a while.
Can you think of any other pros or cons to being an entrepreneur? Let us know in the comments.