Remind me again – Why did I go into Business?
Having your own business may allow the flexibility you and your family needs to create the lifestyle you want. Imagine being able to pick the kids up and spend time with them after school, cheer little Billy/Johnny/Mary on at their swimming carnival or just being available to care for a sick child.
Downside – Once friends and family know you are working for yourself and particularly if a home based business, they will now call/drop in at all hours of the day because they can right? Now you have your own business and you call the shots and can take 15 – 20 minutes, an hour off can’t you? Multiply this several times a week and you are losing a lot of time!
YOU finally get to decide how much you want to make and what your worth is working in your own business.
The reality is many of us don’t value ourselves, products or services enough to charge what we are really worth. Particularly in a service business where essentially you are selling yourself it is difficult to say to potential clients ‘engage my services because I am Fabulous!’
Be the Boss
Finally you get to call the shots right! Being an employee can be frustrating when your ideas and suggestions are constantly ignored or even worse criticised. So now you are in charge you get to decide how your brand will look and feel from start to finish, this is your baby!
The downside of being in business is yes you are in charge, of EVERYTHING! From invoicing to marketing to cleaning the toilet, particularly in the early years of business it is generally all you wearing multiple hats and trying to keep it all together.
Pursue your Passion
You get to pursue your passion, the thing you love to do at long last. Your interests may be altruistic by helping others, you may be creative and finally get the chance to showcase your designs or they may just be a real need for your products or services.
Passion is that fire in your belly when you think about or are working on your business, it’s that excitement you get every time you get a new client but you are trying to still look professional and cool on the outside!
To me there is no con or downside, this is the best feeling in the world and cannot be replaced despite any of the negatives, and believe me there are plenty, of being in business.
As they say…… ‘Pursue your true passion and you will never work a day in your life!’