Choosing to follow your dreams and bring your small business idea to life takes guts, commitment, time and effort. Once the ball is rolling, it’s really easy to get caught up in the work and challenges that come with managing your own business.
That’s why we’ve decided to take this opportunity to remind you why you chose the entrepreneurial route in the first place and, more importantly, why you love what you do. Here are seven reasons why being an entrepreneur is the bee’s knees.
The obvious one: You’re your own boss
This has to be one of the most common reasons why entrepreneurs love being entrepreneurs. When you have your own business, you don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. There may be challenges along the way, but there’s something fulfilling about leading the pack (egos aside, of course). You are the one in the driver’s seat and the direction in which your business is headed is really up to you, plus you have the flexibility you need to make decisions quickly. Decisions relating to your business are yours and there’s something liberating in that. Wave goodbye to be micromanaged.
You work your own schedule
As an entrepreneur you often get to bid farewell to the usual nine-to-five working hours. You have control of your calendar and ultimately, you’re the one dictating when you work and where. This gives you a freedom that you’re not able to experience when you’re not your own boss, and one of the many perks is that this can mean you spend more time with your family and less time doing things you don’t really enjoy.
You get to follow your passion
The catalyst for many entrepreneurs deciding to take the leap and go out on their own is very often passion. They are passionate about something, so much so, that they want to turn that passion into profit. Every day they get to develop, sell and promote products or services that they whole-heartedly believe in and love – something that is never guaranteed in a regular job when you’re working for others. Entrepreneurs get to follow their passions and that’s rewarding.
You handpick the people you work with
Entrepreneurs have the freedom to pick and choose not only who they hire, but also the people they do business with. This means that they give themselves the best chance of teaming up with the right people, both in the office and out. Who wouldn’t choose to work with people they like and who also share their vision, drive, passion and core values? This makes for an overall harmonious working environment as well as stronger and longer-lasting business relationships.
You take pride in growing something from the ground up
Sure, there will always be sacrifices you have to make as an entrepreneur, but at the end of the day, nothing is more rewarding than creating something from scratch, nurturing it and watching it grow. There’s no greater accomplishment in the world of business than seeing your idea being realised and then going from success to success – entrepreneurs take great pride in that. When it’s your own, you’re not just another cog in the wheel but rather the main reason behind your own success.
You get to leave a lasting legacy
Who wouldn’t want to leave something behind for people to remember them by? Many entrepreneurs are motivated by their desire to leave a personal legacy one day for their loved ones. The idea of a family business can be an exciting one and if it’s successful, it can get passed down from generation to generation.
You create your own destiny
When you’re running your own business you have the freedom to shape your own destiny and create your own opportunities. You have the power to decide what you get to do and if that, for example, comprises of networking and attending conferences, then so be it. Entrepreneurs control their futures and the independence that comes with owning their own business ventures allows them to make the important decisions and steer their businesses in the direction they choose.
There are endless reasons why entrepreneurs love being entrepreneurs and every so often, it’s worth taking a break and reflecting on a few of them. Especially when times get tough, it can be helpful to remember the reasons why you decided to become an entrepreneur in the first place – they may just be how you get through.