We all have different reasons for moving towards self employment. For some, it’s a family situation (I envy all of you who are able to have a child and have that epiphany of “Dogonnit- I’m staying home with my child!”), for some of us, a sudden layoff means we have to completely change directions, and for others being in a small town means that meaningful jobs are few and far between.
At the same time, there’s an internal need to leap out of the so-called safety boat called full time employment in favor of being self employed. And those internal reasons are just as important to express.
1. You want more control over your time and your life.
It’s incredibly frustrating to work in an environment where you have little say over when you can take time off. Scheduling a dentist appointment around a very important meeting that may or may not happen next week can turn into a complete nightmare.
I once had a boss who was so self absorbed and irresponsible that she would schedule meetings during the Employee Assistance Program’s free yoga classes. Guess whose employees needed the yoga classes the most?
2. My work is no longer challenging. It’s time to do something creative.
Look, just because you spent years training or in school for something it doesn’t mean you’re obligated to do it for the rest of you life. I spent four years trying to get myself and other people all fired up over records management. Nobody was falling for it.
I even tried to get creative with how we presented our training sessions. I got shot down every time. This was a big red flag that kept slapping me in the face.
3. I spent X number of years helping other people realize their dreams. Now I want to pursue mine.
I spent several years working to get some amazing organizations grant funding so they could carry out their programs and missions. And I deserved the same consideration for my own life mission as well.
4. I’m tired of working with negative people.
An atmosphere of negativity can not only use up your energy, it can destroy your self esteem. If everyone around you hates their job, complains all of the time, and does virtually nothing to make things better, then you’re only learning to survive and wait for a paycheck to show up.
In my case, I was the negative person. I hated my job, hated my boss, hated the government agency I worked for (and worried incessantly that we were going to get sanctioned by the Feds for poor stewardship of our federal money). Not only was I surrounded by negative, fearful and downright angry people–I was one of them.
5. My job pays me a good salary, but I’m miserable doing it. These days, if you even breathe the fact that you hate your job, you’ve quickly reminded that you should be happy just having a job. That’s right- be happy that you’re miserable. And all that attitude does is add to your frustration and guilt of being unhappy doing something you hate. And that just prolongs the inevitable wall you’ll hit when you just can’t go on any longer.
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