Why I Love Being Self-Employed

startup-593329_640I love being self-employed. Ever since I left my day job in October of 2013, I can’t help but to constantly think about how lucky I am.

Even though there are some downsides to being self-employed, the positives all greatly outweigh the negatives.

Below are several reasons for why I love being self-employed. The below may not apply to every self-employed person, but it does for me!

I am location independent.

I am currently in the process of moving to the state of Colorado from Missouri, which is something I don’t think would have ever happened if I would have kept my day job and continued working for someone else.

With the business I run, I am able to work from wherever, which is something I greatly  enjoy. I am able to live wherever I want, travel wherever I want, and still bring in an income.

I am my own boss.

Being my own boss has been amazing so far. I didn’t have any problems with my last employer at all, and they were very nice people. However, being your own boss is much better if it is something you want to do. I am in control of my business, my future, and everything else.

What I love is the motivation that being your own boss brings. I look forward to working each and every day.

I get to create my own schedule.

Creating your own schedule is a great thing. I like to create mine for when I know I work best. I usually work best early in the mornings and late at night, so that is usually when I try to fit everything in. Then, during the day I can do the things I want to do, such as going for a hike, going for a walk, and more.

I spend less money.

As I’ve said before, working from home has actually means that I’ve been able to save money.

I’m saving money on clothing because I don’t really need professional clothing anymore, I am saving money by not having a commute, I am saving money by eating at home more often, and more. The savings all add up very quickly too!

I have the potential to earn more money.

I made a good income at a day job, but it wasn’t going to increase by very much year by year. By working for myself, I am in charge of how much money I can make. There is no limit and I love that.

I don’t have to commute to work.

One of the things I hated about my day job was the commute each day. It wasn’t horrible, but at least once a week it was very unpredictable. There were times where I was three or four hours late because I would be stuck in traffic for that long. YES, a 15 minute commute sometimes turned into three or four hours because of a bad accident or because people were frantic about half a centimeter of snow.

I also didn’t like to deal daily with bad drivers, waste my time commuting, and waste my money either. Now I can work from home and start working right when I wake up.

Are you self-employed? Do you hope to be one day? Why or why not?


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Why I Love Being Self-Employed — 9 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this! We are planning to become self employed so we can live wherever whenever, but it’s always some scary parts about taking that step! Will we make enough money, will we get any clients etc…

    • Yes, it is scary to finally make the leap. My recommendation is to be as prepared as possible, which includes building up a good emergency fund.

  2. I have worked from home for years and telecommuted – and loved it! It allowed me to travel all over but still be connected via email and facetime! My goal is to work from home for myself someday! I’m a slight introvert, so I never felt I was missing out too much being with other people in an office setting!

  3. I’ve started to think about switching to self employment, which is something I’d never really thought about much in the past. But I can really see the benefit of having the flexibility to work when you’re most productive and the ability to take care of errands during the day instead of on weekends. And then there’s all the other benefits you mentioned as well!

  4. Good luck with self employment. I hope it was for all the right reasons. This is actually a topic that I think about often when I consider if my freelancing could actually be enough to completely set me financially free.Nonetheless, we must work to some extent to maintain and support the life of our liking. It sounds like you’re working really hard!Thanks for sharing and great post!

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  6. Hi there! New to your site and enjoying your posts about being self-employed. I have always wanted to work for myself and am currently trying to figure out what exactly I want to do. I am hoping that this year I really get things organized and start bringing in money so that I know it is a good idea.

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