You will work for the next 30 years. So be happy and consider being an entrepreneur.
In your life, you will work. Even if you really don’t know what you want in the future, you will have to work to get anywhere you decide to go. So, if you are in your twenties or early 30’s and you think you might work for another 30 years, what are your goals, both for your personal and career life? It sounds like a tough question to answer but it really is up to you. It’s your life and you get to decide. You could work for a series of companies and then someday retire. Is that what you want? Do you want to have multiple careers? According to a Washington Post article, 33% of people working under the age of 40 want to change their career.
Changing you career is not changing your job. Statistically, you will work about 12 jobs in your lifetime. However, changing your career usually involves moving from one discipline to another. Say you are a marketer, and you decide to go into data analytics, or perhaps, you join a non-profit as a development officer or perhaps become a high school teacher. Historically, although the US Department of Labor does not track career change, experts agree most people might experience anywhere from three to seven career changes in their lifetime. So, if you are going to work an entire lifetime, why should you consider becoming an entrepreneur? What do entrepreneurs want and desire?
According to a Shopify Survey in 2021 of business owners using their platform, the number one and two reasons for people wanting to be an entrepreneur were not money but independence and freedom. These are not aspirational desires but core attributes of a great life. Here are some insights on why you might want to consider spending your life being an entrepreneur versus working for someone else.
Happiness is a right. While most of us want to be happy with our career choice, a Gallup Poll indicated only 20-34% of all workers are actually engaged or happy with their current job. For entrepreneurs, doing what they want to do, even though they might be working harder, makes them happy.
Constantly learning multiple skills. As an entrepreneur, regardless of your current skillset, you will be learning more skills that are necessary to grow a business. You will also be more aware of trends and learning about customers since both are critical to evolving and growing the company. Problem-solving and the ability to perform well under pressure and in stressful situations are keys to success. Plus, you are always investing in yourself.
Not working 9-5, good and bad. Most people do not like being stuck in the 9 to 5 routine. Why is this a reason to become an entrepreneur? Because you get to make the decisions that will directly impact your business. If you are a software company, do you care when or where your developers are working if the project is completed on time? It also gives you the flexibility to work and play when you are most productive. You might work more hours in total but it’s your company and you will reap the rewards if successful.
Change the game. If you work your entire life, you will not earn enough compensation to generational change your family’s life. You know the benefits of being an entrepreneur, but do you believe that you are changing your whole life, or wonder whether you could have created your life as you want? Entrepreneurship is the key that allows you to make new choices for yourself and your family. It allows you to live like your own boss and live the way you choose. And if you build a successful company and sell it one day, that event will change your family’s opportunities for generations. Just ask the founders of SnapChat, DropBox and Suja juice.
Directly invest in you. In quite a few jobs, you might not reap what you sow. In a regular job, most people worry that they will never see enough results from their hard work. They feel like they are just a number and often that is the real reason why people want to quit a job. Even with incremental changes in position and income, if you want to earn more than enough (to provide freedom) then you must build a company. You create the company. You are the owner of it. You get out what you put in, and that allows you to earn more money and have more freedom and control than you have ever dreamed of.
Passion is for work and life. There is a saying ‘always do what you love,’ and you will never work a day in your life. This is the only way to achieve boundless satisfaction. It is excellent to be able to do what you want to do in your life. Most people never know what they love to do or how to reach a limitless life. Not everyone gets the chance to live a king-sized life. A major step is to identify what you love and look for connections between those things and entrepreneurship.
Independence and control. Some people live life like hell. For work, they wake up early, get ready in a hurry, spend time in a stressful commute (crowded, unreliable, expensive, etc.), and return home in a very restless condition. This is their daily routine, but they feel it is so hard to follow day after day. They do not have the time or energy to do something creative or enjoyable. Their lives have little variety or distraction. If you are not interested in living like that, and would rather control your own schedule and pace, then entrepreneurship is the best choice for you.
Freedom is the ultimate reward. One of our goals in life should be to have absolute freedom in how we decide to live our life. Survey insights confirm that one of the things entrepreneurs value most is freedom. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy freedom. No one likes to work under pressure for others who might not really care about your career. Your own business could give you that freedom, where win or lose, you get to decide.
Rather than leave you with an inspirational quote, this author will ask you not to do this.
‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’
Henry David Thoreau
Source by www.forbes.com