Of course, there are millions of reasons why you love working for yourself. But I’ve chosen 10 of my favourites. They are a great reminder whenever you get a bit stuck and wonder whether you should go back to a regular salary.
1. You just have to make enough money.
Working for yourself means that you can concentrate on making ‘enough’ money rather than worry about shareholders and bosses who might have a different agenda.
2. You love being at work.
Being independent isn’t about work/life balance. It’s about enjoying every minute of creating, perfecting in your own way. You feel alive and joyful most of the time – regardless of whether you are at home or at work. Work becomes part of your life, not something you need to escape.
3. Meetings are enjoyable
While the corporate world complains of hours spent in meetings, you look forward to them. Because you get to choose your clients, and meetings mean that you aren’t stuck at home on your own. Anyway. You love the debate and the way that your ideas get even better when you share your thinking with others. Now that you aren’t competing for the same job as a colleague, you are free to collaborate and share.
4. You can work at your own pace.
No more presenteeism and clocking in or out. You can work as many, or as few hours as you need to. Your problem, if you have one, is more likely to be that you have so many things you want to do, you struggle to decide what to do first.
5. You want other people to succeed as well.
Isn’t that remarkable? Going independent means that your team becomes other freelancers, who tend to look out for each other in an unselfish way. The kindness and support of other people, who don’t have any other agenda other than to see you do well is one of the best things about freelancing.
6. You don’t know where the day goes.
You find that a whole day can pass without you realising what the time is. Simply because you get so into what you are doing that the hours and minutes just fly by.
7. You don’t have to think about your retirement plans.
Because it’s unlikely that you will retire (in that old fashioned kind of way). Why would you stop doing what you love?
8. You don’t have to deal with office politics.
No more agendas or politics or greasy poles to climb. You can simply get on with your work and looking after your customers.
9. You see your customers as partners.
One of the very satisfying things about being independent is that you start to see your clients and customers as equal partners, with a shared goal to deliver something amazing. This kind of relationship is so much more productive and successful.
10. You always have a list of cool stuff to do.
Because you aren’t working to someone else’s agenda, you will find yourself constantly looking at new initiatives, side projects, people you want to talk and much more. The thing about being independent is that your destiny is your own – and there’s always something exciting to get your teeth into!