10 Reasons to Start Your Own Business
Starting a business is hard work, but the rewards make it well worth it. Here are 10 reasons you should start your own business.
Do you think starting a business is too much of a risk – on a financial, social and personal level? Even with such considerable risks involved, people are always drawn to the world of entrepreneurship, and there seems to be just as many reasons to get started as there are risks to inhibit us. Here are just a few of many reasons to start your own business.
1. You’ll be able to control how you spend your time
This one might take a while. Initially you’ll work longer hours for less pay, but in the end it will all be worth it. Running your own business allows you to organise and determine your own schedule. Some CEOs (such as Jeff Bezos) don’t even set an alarm in the mornings. By and large, the freedom that being an entrepreneur provides is liberating.
2. Have a great story to tell
People are always going to ask you questions like “So what do you do for work?” and “How’s your business going?” By starting your own business, you can determine the story that comes next based on your own goals.
3. A sense of pride
There’s no sense of accomplishment quite like building your own successful business. You had a vision, were able to carry it out and now can reap the benefits of saying “I did this.” Conversely, it can be difficult to be proud of the billionth request you’ve completed for your employer.
Running your own business means you’ll be able to determine what happens to it after you due. By starting your own business you have something to pass on to the next generation. And, as your brainchild, you can be proud of it.
Not a lot of us have the luxury of experiencing new challenges in work, but this changes completely when you start running the show. Starting your own business comes with a plethora of new challenges, ensuring you’ll always be experiencing something new.
6. You can become a guru
Regardless of what you are doing as an entrepreneur, if you stick with it, you’ll probably become pretty decent at it. And this provides you with a sort of soapbox, so use it. You’ll have the chance to be interviewed on your proficiency, write about it and get to spread your message.
There’s no doubt that by becoming an entrepreneur you force yourself to become good at a range of skills to survive. While this may be tough at first, by being the only resource of your business you quickly learn countless skills that you may later be renowned for.
8. Learn determination
Life as an entrepreneur pushes you to adapt to committing to changes, and enables you to become far more dedicated and determined to causes. The determination you learn through your business will likely start to reflect changes in your personal life – you may learn to be a better boss, friend or parent.
9. Create jobs
There’s nothing like the satisfaction of knowing you’re accountable for the success of your staff. Your ideas provided them the chance to earn a living, provide for their loved ones and accomplish their own dreams.
10. Build your brand
It’s enjoyable to be known for something you’d like to be known for. People might start referring to you as the app guru, or the DIY guys – whatever you’re recognised as shows what your brand stands for, and that you’ve earned that recognition.
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Dominic is the CEO of Lawpath, dedicating his days to making legal easier, faster and more accessible to businesses. Dominic is a recognised thought-leader in Australian legal disruption, and was recognised as a winner of the 2015 Australian Legal Innovation Index.