Surprisingly, despite writing a blog on how to make money online, I don’t think I’ve written a post on the benefits of being self-employed.This may be because the benefits are so obvious to me after being self-employed for so long, but if you’re thinking about becoming self-employed for the first time let me share with you what I believe to be the best perks of the job:
- Not taking anyone else’s rubbish. You will from time to time make a mistake, but rather than having an angry, obnoxious boss breath down your neck, you tend to self-analyse. You’ll pick out why you made the mistake and then, hopefully, not make it again. Not only that, you won’t have your boss taking advantage of you as an employee. How many times have you been asked by your boss to do something not work-related and felt obliged to do so for fear of harming your promotion prospects if you didn’t oblige?
- Knowing that you’re not being underpaid. You may make a million, or you may not, but either way you keep all of your profits. Everything you work so hard for you get to keep. The satisfaction of making your own money is truly unparalleled.
- Flexible working hours. You work when you want to work. Though, if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably end up working more than if you were employed by someone else. The difference is, of course, that I work so many hours because I enjoy what I do. It’s like an addiction for me, once I pop I can’t stop.
- You get to work from home. Getting to work from home can be either a bonus or a bogey. It depends on how easily you distracted you are! I’m distracted fairly easy and I often have a few television breaks, though I do make up for it by working for longer. If you have children, a family, a pet or if you like the comfort of your own home, working from there can be a huge bonus.
The only negative about working from home is that you do not get the interaction with colleagues on a daily basis and it can get lonesome. You can, however, make up for this by leading an active social life outside of work. I’ll post about how to lead an active social life when your self-employed tomorrow!