I'm self-employed because I can have more of the life I want than if I had a job. I'm saying this because I get a little worried sometimes about why people want to be self-employed and how it can sometimes be in conflict with what that they truly value and want from life. Maybe I just need a little reminder myself, because being self-employed is not an easy thing to do!
Here are a few things I want from my business: I want to feel my work is meaningful and helpful to others. I want to create joy and beautiful things. I want to be paid fairly for the work I do. I want to use my talents. I want to have a voice. I want freedom and choice. I want to be able to say no. I want to feel valued. I want to know why I'm doing something and know that reason resonates with me. I want it to be fun. I'm prepared to work hard as long as it is meaningful and rewarding. I want to learn new things. I want to progress. I want work that is flexible and allows time for family, friends, adventure and good health. I know I'll feel challenged and a little afraid sometimes, but that is for the sake of growth and I welcome that.
Honestly, self employment can be wonderful or it can end up a terrible nightmare. I've had experiences of both. I just think it is important to look at your big life picture, in terms of your needs, values and wants and decide from there what is best for you. The answer doesn't have to be self-employment or job. It can be a little of both, or it be a tweaking of the type of business you run. I don't have all the answers in this blog post because we are all so individual. What I am saying is it is important to ask yourself why. And ask yourself often.
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