Small businesses are popping up everywhere with over 1.5 million in Australia, and counting. There’s a reason employees are handing in their worker-bee cards and making the switch to being employers. Sure, going solo has its challenges, but ask any small business owner and they’ll agree – the pros far outway the cons. We’ve put together five great reasons to take the leap and get your boss on.
Whether it’s tiny or tremendous, owning your own business gives you the opportunity to take the tiller of your destiny and gain greater control over your future. It allows you to set goals, choose your workplace, grow and foster employees as well as create and shape your future direction.
When you’re your own boss, you get to control your direction and oversee the evolution of ideas into actions. Whether that’s growing your candle-making hobby into a full-time job, or finally creating that eCommerce store you’ve been designing in your head for years. Starting a small business gives you the opportunity to build something that’s all yours.
To counter the constriction of 9 to 5, the number one reason small businesses begin is the flexibility to set your own schedule. This means different things to different people, so whether you need to work around the kids or other commitments – working from home or cherry-picking your hours can have plenty of perks. Aside from wearing your ugg boots to work, you also get to set your own pace and balance.
As the old adage goes ‘find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’ The same can be said when your passion becomes your profession. There’s something so entirely rewarding about pursuing what you love and getting paid to do it. Being the master of your domain gives you the freedom to push your creative boundaries and challenge yourself in ways that just aren’t possible as an employee.
The great thing about being your own boss is that you get to hire whoever you want and essentially choose your own colleagues. Small business owners tend to stick together – you’ll find it’s easy to foster your own community and that way, you’ll never be short of inspiration to help you grow and learn. Coworking spaces, facebook groups or networking nights with your local business chamber, there’s no shortage of social opportunities to spruik your wares and meet like-minded business owners.
As you grow your business, you get to give back to the community either by creating jobs or donating products or skills. The sense of pride in establishing your own entity can really change your life. Our ‘Meet The Maker’ series talks to those who’ve taken the leap from hobby to job. So, click here to read about some more small business success stories.