I 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?