10 Things I Love About Working For Myself

Discover how working for myself has increased my growth and given me a greater sense of purpose.

June 27, 2023   •   2 min read  

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Each Tuesday I share a list of 10 somethings.

Ideas. Improvements. People. Problems. Objects. Observations.

Inspired by James Altucher in "Skip The Line", The Tuesday Ten has one simple goal - to build my 'idea muscle'.

If you write 3,650 ideas a year, maybe a hundred are useful in some way. Maybe a few are good enough to make money. Maybe one is great.
  - James Altucher

1. Creating my own schedule

  • I am able to adjust my day/week at the drop of a hand when a new opportunity or hurdle presents itself.

2. No limit to financial potential

  • Most jobs have a cap on how far up the ladder you can climb, thus how much you can earn.
  • Working for myself means my potential to earn more grows dramatically if I allocate my time and resources correctly.

3. Self-imposed upskilling

  • Not having a team or manager to answer means my extra energy can go into fostering personal growth and dedicating time to enhance new skills.

4. No commute time

  • Eliminating the daily commute saves me an incredible amount of time, money and stress.
  • It's incredible how much sitting in traffic with everyone else in their own rat race impacted my mental health.

5. Work-life balance on my terms

  • Being self-employed can mean working longer hours than a regular 9-5, so having to manage a proper work-life balance be challenging.
  • This makes my time off work a lot more relaxing knowing that I'm returning to a job I want to do rather than have to do (i.e. Mondays are exciting, not dreadful)

6. Sense of pride

  • Building my own business brings a sense of achievement that is hard to replicate outside of self-employment.
  • Seeing my ideas and choices pay off is incredibly rewarding.

7. More satisfaction

  • Working for myself makes me feel like I have more purpose, rather than simply trading my time for money.
  • I get to align my work with things that I believe are valuable and worth prioritising.

8. Understanding myself

  • Spending more time by myself and working on things that I think are important, rather than answering phone calls or chasing KPIs, allows more consideration for understanding what makes me tick as a human and business owner.

9. More freedom to express

  • Not having to conform to a uniform or be involved in workplace politics, means I get to focus on the work that allows growth and not feel like a number.

10. The feeling of ownership

  • Having everything ride on my decision-making actually empowers me and keeps me in a proactive mindset.

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