I’ve had my own business since 2002, and by the time this month ends it will have been my full-time job for eight years. That time has gone by so much faster than the previous eight years, and it’s not just because time seems to pass more quickly as we get older; it’s because I really love what I do. Don’t get me wrong – there have been some rough days, but I’ve never regretted my decision to become self-employed. In fact, I often feel sorry for my friends who work in traditional jobs, even though they have paid vacation and sick time, dental plans, and other benefits.
Do you know what I’ve got that they don’t?
1. I get to set my own schedule.
Even though I generally work 9 to 5, it’s because it works well for me, and not because it’s company policy. I wake up early and while drinking my first coffee, I get my work organized for the day, before I’ve even showered, had breakfast, or walked the dog. I can’t even remember the last time I needed an alarm clock to get me up! And if putting in a couple of hours on the weekend is going to make my upcoming week easier, that’s okay too – because it’s my choice.
2. I don’t have to buy an extensive wardrobe for work.
No, I don’t work in my PJs, contrary to popular belief. I rarely even work in track pants, though it’s nice that I have that option when I feel like it. But I can dress casually and comfortably, and because I’m not out with people every day, it’s no big deal if I tend to wear the same things most of the time. Saves me money too!
3. You can’t beat the 10-second commute!
On mornings like this, I admit to being a little smug when I see other people out scraping the ice off their car windows. Weather is never an issue for me, as I don’t have to allow extra time for poor visibility or road conditions. In fact, I don’t have to allow for travel time at all! Not using my car every day really cuts down on my expenses as well as meaning I can keep a car far longer than most other folks.
Read about the fourth and biggest thing I love about being my own boss, along with answers from 20 other entrepreneurs.
Do you run your own business? What do you love most about it?