Do you know what the number one biggest regret of the dying is? “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not a life others expected of me.” How much longer do you want to clock in and out, waiting for a few precious days off to go on vacation? Ten years? Twenty? Fifty? And then what? Spend your remaining years on a modest pension, thinking about what you could have done if you were young again and had the energy and health? You had some great ideas but you put if off till tomorrow until there was no tomorrow left. Sure, it’s not always easy and I don’t want to discount your circumstances but there is always somebody who was in your situation or worse who became a highly successful entrepreneur. What’s stopping you from becoming this entrepreneur? Just start! Just decide you’re gonna do it and take action! If you’re still not convinced, continue reading my 6 best reasons for starting an online business below!
I love being able to work from anywhere: my home, a coffee shop, a co-working space or at a beach while traveling. Provided there’s an internet connection I have the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. I also decide when I work. I can schedule in the gym in the morning or a doctor’s appointment if I want to. No need to ask anybody. Which doesn’t mean I work less than during my full-time job. On the contrary, I work much more but because I’m free to choose what I work on it doesn’t really feel like work. I love what I do which why it doesn’t feel like work. I’ll explain more about why I feel fulfilled in the section below. I could never go back to clocking on and off at the same hours knowing that I finished my work hours ago but pretend to look busy while checking my facebook feed because that’s what’s expected of me. Also, working myself to a burnout just to generate profits for somebody else was never my deepest desire. Imagine being able to work on something you love from anywhere in the world making profits for yourself or for a cause you deeply believe in! This is what gets me going in the morning and lights me up inside.
“Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you.” I can only agree with Steve Jobs on that. I don’t know about you but I want to create the world around me as I imagine it. I can be the architect of my life. I don’t want to be a pawn in the game of a cigar-chomping boss. I want to create my own game. What do all billionaires have in common? They are creators, not just consumers. They create products, services, concepts, texts, images, videos. But those are billionaires, you might think, who am I to do this? The difference between people who do and the ones who don’t is only this. It’s taking action to realize your dream. They too started out once. The first step is to decide: “I’m gonna do this! I’m gonna make it happen!” Before anybody else can believe it, you have to believe it! Believe in yourself!
Yes, you read it right: JOB SECURITY! As a child of first generation immigrants, job security was a recurring theme during arguments with my parents. For them, having a normal 9-to-5 job equals job security. Maybe that was true some decades ago but in today’s society being employed by somebody else is very risky. Many jobs disappeared due to automatisation and this trend will only continue. In the future, a majority of today’s jobs will be performed by computers and robots. We are not talking about the 100-year-future, not even 50 years, more like 15 years. Do you know somebody who lost their job? Or maybe you were laid-off once? It’s no longer enough to be an upright employee. You depend on the smartness and goodwill of your boss. Furthermore, you have no control over the decisions that your employer makes. As an entrepreneur, you control your income, you decide. You don’t have to be afraid of being fired the next day or next month. You will know exactly how the business is doing and you can steer the ship in another direction if you see a storm coming.
Do you want to earn money doing something you love? Feel that your work is meaningful and has impact on the world? Being an entrepreneur frees me to express myself and to work on the challenges that are important to me. I believe that everyone can be an entrepreneur and I want to help women on this exciting journey. This topic is burnt so deeply into my heart that I can’t imagine having ever been happier since I started work on my mission. When I go to bed I’m so excited for the next day to come that it’s hard to fall asleep. When I wake up I immediately think about the exciting things ahead of me. I am obsessed with my mission and with my business. If you heard about ” The 4-hour work week” you know it sounds ridiculously unrealistic to work only 4 hours a week and be able to sustain yourself plus family. It’s possible for some but not sustainable on the long-term and not from the beginning on. But, I see it as doing 4 hours a week work that I don’t enjoy. Most of the things that I do don’t feel like work. I enjoy doing it and I’ve chosen to do those tasks. That’s what the 4-hour work week means to me. I just love my job and it’s a rewarding bonus that I earn money doing what I love. The reward can even be substantial if you stay persistent and learn to learn continuously. From Oprah to Steve Jobs to Lynda Weinman, they all loved what they were creating and stayed persistent in driving their mission.
Ever had a boss giving you really hard time? Or felt unappreciated at work? I once had a boss who was a really charming personality in private. But at work, he would turn from Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde; a distrusting, micromanaging, yelling personality who even bullied people he hired himself. It was just painful to watch. It got to the point where I even tried avoiding him (though the company was a small startup). This was the last time I worked for someone else. I’m thankful for this experience because it taught me that I want to be able to choose with whom I work and it also made me realize what kind of company culture I wish to instill in my own company. Namely, a very different one. You don’t have to put up with this. Of course, an entrepreneur or freelancer also has clients and not all clients will be easy but if they become abusive or exploitive you can say “NO, I had enough!”. Choose your team, choose your clients.
No day is like another when you’re an entrepreneur. I love that. I’m a novelty seeker. I can’t stay in one city for too long. There’s no way I could sit in a cubicle and do the same job day in, day out and see the same people every day for what feels like forever. As an entrepreneur, every single day, I’m taking on a new challenge, learning a new skill, meeting new people, experiencing new things. Programming a feature for my website one minute, writing blog posts the next and implementing a new social media strategy – an entrepreneur’s work is not just busy, it is also extremely varied. If you are uninspired by your monotonous job, starting your own business will likely keep you on your toes and stretch your abilities to the maximum. This year, this month looks so different from the previous ones. And because every day offers new challenges I am constantly learning. This ability to continuously learn new skills is also a major superpower assuring that I am prepared for the ever changing future. Many professions that exist today didn’t exist ten years ago. These new professions require new skill sets. Due to technological advancements, old professions disappear and new ones are being created and this trend will continue or even accelerate in the future. Learn to learn! Get comfortable with change. This is how you stay in business and how you achieve job security.
It doesn’t take much to make the first step. You can take action today. Whether it’s drawing up your business model, writing down your idea, or thinking about your strengths, making a phone call or asking a fellow entrepreneur for advice, getting a mentor. Your entrepreneurial journey starts with the very first step today, right now, towards freedom and financial independence. No matter how small this little action is!
Have you thought of starting your own business or freelancing career? What’s holding you back? Please, share your story and your thoughts with us below in the comments!