Starting your own business is exciting, scary, and most definitely, life-changing.
However, the best part is that it isn’t only about money.
Yes, the financial allure is obviously undeniable… but entrepreneurship is about something more.
It’s about changing people’s lives and living the dream and making the world a better place.
The best part?
While you’re busy doing all of that, a few other things pop up as well! 😉
Here are some of the benefits I didn’t expect would come with running my own business.
1. Bigger security
I know this sounds contra-intuitively… entrepreneurship, offering more security?!
Let me challenge that worldview for you!
If we’ve learned anything in the past year is that there’s no such thing as a safe job anymore. Things change in the blink of an eye!
Of course, there are certain risks of running your own company; however, once you get the hang of things, opportunities start to appear at every corner!
On top of that, there’s nothing more empowering than knowing that you’re in control of a large chunk of your operations. Yes, you can’t control everything but you can certainly learn to adapt and make the best of any situation!
2. More time for your family
A 9-to-5 often leaves you leaving for work at dawn and coming back at dusk (if you’re lucky).
Now, while there’s certainly a lot of work in building something from the ground up, the beauty is that you decide when and where you’re going to work.
Your schedule works for you – not the other way around!
Picking your kids from school, soccer games and family dinners are something that (more often than not) you’ll be able to make room for in your calendar.
Change of location
How many times have you wanted to pack up and leave… but couldn’t because of your job?
Well, that’s the beauty of running a location-independent business – you can do it from anywhere!
All you need is a light laptop and a speedy Internet connection, that’s pretty much it.
And if you ever need to be in town for certain events – like workshops or networking events – you still have the flexibility to plan your travels around it!
4. Increased productivity
I have to admit: my productivity doubled ever since I’ve dipped into my passion and used that to jump-start my business.
Don’t get me wrong, you can still be productive even if working on something you’re not overly excited about… (and if we’re real, there are tasks like that)
But working on your passion, on something that lights you up from within?
It’s a completely different level of productivity!
For starters, mornings no longer feel dreadful and you don’t have to push yourself to get out of bed. Now, that’s something I wouldn’t change for the world!
5. More control over your schedule
As an entrepreneur, that morning yoga class is no longer out of reach.
You’re now in complete control of your time, which means, you decide when you work, where you work, and who you work with!
Feeling like sleeping in today? Sure!
Not overly excited over a new project? Turn it down!
Spending your lunch break enjoying the sun outside? Why not?
All of those are tiny little luxuries only entrepreneurs have access to!
And thanks to tools like Google Calendar and Asana, keeping tabs of all your work (and rest) hours has never been easier.
What’s the one benefit you’d love to experience the most?
And if you already have your own business, how has life changed for the better? Leave me a comment and let me know – I’d love to hear from you!