Why do people think that working for someone or for a large organisation gives them more job security than working for themselves? I’ve asked myself this question a lot. When I first left a paid job to start my own business, many friends and family thought I was crazy. They couldn’t understand why I would leave a decent paid job to ‘risk it all’ when working for myself. I told myself that I had to ‘Take Responsibility For Your Own Income’.
The reality is, I thought they were the crazy ones! Given the choice of either putting my family’s income in my hands or in the hands of a group of Directors or an Individual, I’d choose me every time. I guess that for some people the pressure is too much, or they are just happy receiving the same money every month, but I love the fact that my income is entirely up to me. I can set my own income goals and work as hard as I can to achieve them. This way my family and I can benefit rather than the faceless organisation or corporation I might be working for.
Large Business’ Close All The Time
So many businesses close each year, from small ‘one man bands’ to large multi-nationals, and often without much warning for the employees. The days of working in one place or with one organisation are dwindling away and job security is nothing like it was in my parents day.
When I first started my own business, and before I did any real research into it, I thought that it would be really difficult to start a business and that only people with lots of money and connections could do it. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Starting a business is actually quite easy. The most difficult part is just making the decision TO start. The decision to break away from everything you’ve been taught by your parents, school, and society, is really difficult. If you listen to your negative family and friends, who are most probably only worried about you, then the decision is even more difficult. Luckily I’ve always gone my own way and always been determined to do everything I want to in life. Remember my favourite quote, ‘don’t dream your life, live your dream’!
The most difficult part is just making the decision TO start. The decision to break away from everything you’ve been taught by your parents, school, and society, is really difficult. If you listen to your negative family and friends, who are most probably only worried about you, then the decision is even more difficult. Luckily I’ve always gone my own way and always been determined to do everything I want to in life. Remember my favourite quote, ‘don’t dream your life, live your dream’!
But There Are Risks
Of course being self-employed comes with its own risk, and this should seriously be considered. It has not always been an awesome experience for us and we have fallen on difficult times with our business. When we have had staff working for us and the months takings aren’t as high as expected, it really puts a lot of pressure on the business owner.
Actually, that’s a massive understatement, it puts a hell of a lot of pressure on the business owner, and I personally felt so much responsibility for the team that they would always be paid before we were, and I’ve even sold my possessions just to make sure they were paid on time! This may sound shocking but I have to keep it real here.
Hey, let’s not get too negative, though, that’s just a few months of pain within a long period of success. I’ve had other times when I predicted the takings weren’t on track so I reacted by creating opportunities to earn extra money and sales by creating a new product, attending markets and food fairs and just all out hustling! It is amazing how many opportunities there are out there when you are forced to find them!
Keeping It Positive
Countering the negativity, I’ve made decisions and choices that I could never make as an employee that has given some amazing opportunities for my family. Taking control of my life and putting my income in my own hands has been the best decision I have ever made. Taking responsibility for my own income has presented many opportunities and experiences in my life that I would never have had if I remained as an employee. The sense of freedom you get from being your own boss is awesome and rather than working to make someone else’s dream come true you can spend all your time, efforts, energy and skills working on YOUR dream, and I would love to help you.
If you are considering making the break away from the rat race but aren’t sure of what to expect, then just drop me a line on Facebook or twitter with any questions you have and I will be more than happy to share my experiences.
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