Having a Bad Day? Here Are Some Reminders About Why We Do What We Do
When you run your own business, it can be awesome, exciting and interesting.
It can also sometimes be lonely, stressful, and a bit overwhelming. We’ve all had these days, and when you do, it can be easy to think, “Why am I doing this again? Isn’t it easier just having a 9 to 5 job?”
If you’re having one of those days right now, here are some things to remind you why we do what we do, and why, in the end, it ‘is’ all worth it:
- You are the boss.
There is no suit telling you what to do. Yes, you have staff (maybe), clients and lots of responsibilities. But as an entrepreneur, it’s your show, and it rises (and falls) on your skills, talent, commitment and effort.
- You get to take risks.
It’s your business, your investment, and therefore they are your risks to take (for good or bad); there is a lot of freedom and adventure in that.
- You could be building an asset for your future.
Many small businesses can be built into something that is sellable down the road. When you’re ready to exit your business, you might be able to sell it rather than closing it and make some nice retirement or next-adventure money.
- You can develop great relationships with your clients.
This is one of the most important things in your business, and one of the things I enjoy the most. While working for yourself can often mean being by yourself, you can build awesome relationships with your clients that your competitors may not be.
- You get to maximise your talents.
Your clients come to you for your skills, knowledge and creativity. Never forget that’s your main selling point.
- You can see the rewards for your efforts.
Those of us who have had experience in larger companies know the feeling of working hard, perhaps for years, and the only reward is more work. Promised opportunities often don’t materialise, and your ideas might be overlooked. When you run your own show, you can see the rewards of your labour. How far your business goes is up to you.
- Work/life flexibility.
Note I didn’t say ‘balance’. Sometimes I’m at my desk at 11.30 pm. And sometimes I’m at my favourite cafe with my dog at 10.30 am. When I want to go to see the Van Gogh exhibition, to avoid the crowds, I’ll go on a Tuesday morning and then work late. This might mean I have to work on weekends or at night, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s an unbeatable lifestyle.
- Not having to work with chuckleheads.
I have two requirements for people I work with in my business. They have to be awesome at what they do (not good, ‘awesome’). And I have to enjoy working with them. At what 9 to 5 job do you get to have that?
I have some friends who work in corporate jobs who earn more than I do, but not one of them enjoys what they do every day as much as me, and some of them hate every minute they spend at work. So, who is getting more reward for their time and effort, and who is enjoying life more?
So, if you’re having one of those days that makes you wonder why you do this, have a think about all the benefits we get from being Small Business owners. They are varied, and they are many.
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