I’m my own boss and I love it, but it took many years to get to this point in my life. My writing and graphic design service didn’t materialize overnight. I worked as an employee for a long time while taking an increasing number of contracts on the side, building my skills and my client list. When I made the leap and quit my job, it felt like a perfectly natural thing to do - the only rational option for me.
There are various ways that a person can become self-employed, from a sole proprietor offering professional services (someone like me), to a manufacturer who starts making a product in his garage and later becomes a millionaire (like Bill Gates). But no matter the size of the business or the level of financial risk involved, entrepreneurs have common reasons for going out on their own (see a list of 50 of them here). For me, there are three main motivators:
But not everyone can stay motivated over the long term while building a business, and not every business idea is viable. Before you take the leap, make sure that there are people willing to pay for your product or service on an ongoing basis. Are you willing to put in long hours to make it happen? You should also ask yourself if you’re just escaping a job you hate rather than starting a business you love. Your reasons have to be positive in order to sustain your interest over time.
So while you think about that, I’m going to go sit in the hot tub for a while and pretend I’m on a tropical vacation. How many people can do that at work?
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