6 advantages of being your own boss

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How I became my own boss

I quit my job in the spring of 2016. It was the best decision I've ever made! Extremely liberating! Extremely empowering! And a little scary...

The decision was underway for a couple of years. My heart was ready, but my mind had too many 'what if's'. 

That's because it's a huge decision to leave your job and life as you know it. I felt overwhelmed and excited at the same time by the new and totally unknown future. If I'd known what I know today, namely that I was going to be (more than) alright, I'd quit my job to become my own boss a whole lot earlier. 

I felt overwhelmed and excited at the same time by the new and totally unknown future. If I'd known what I know today, namely that I was going to be (more than) alright, I'd quit my job to become my own boss a whole lot earlier. 

If I'd known what I know today, namely that I was going to be (more than) alright, I'd quit my job to become my own boss much sooner. 

Here is why:

Decide when to go to work

I always cursed the stressful mornings when I was an employee. Even though I had some flexibility in my job, it was always expected of me that I was in the office at a certain time - if not by management, then by early rising colleagues, who frowned upon arrivals after 8, even though there was never a rational reason to be there before 8. 

Now, I never sleep in on weekdays, but I never set the alarm clock either. I have school kids, so I get up around the time they get up. Some days I get up when they are about to leave for school (their dad joggles the mornings). He loves his 9-5 and he drops the kids off at school when he goes to work. 

I always pick up the kids when they're done with school and activities. This is how we've planned our week days to be perfect for everyone in the family.

I have my mornings to my self and decide when to start working (which is never late, because I actually love to work now). It makes a huge difference in my life!

Decide what to make 

Every business has a start-up period - some longer than others. I guess that it depends on your niche and prior experiences of starting a business. 

When you've got the hang of it, you decide the pace. Especially when it comes to online businesses, many entrepreneurs are able to write their own pay checks.

If you put in the effort, you are rewarded. 

Here is how I learned it.

Decide who to work with

We've all been there. In a team put together by others. Working with people who are too different from us - who doesn't have the same goals or work ethics.

Now I call the shots. Of course not every project or constellation is perfect, but I'm free to say no, and I do that if I don't see the point in spending time on a certain project, or if I sense that the people in the team are not fully committed. 

Decide how much to work

This was a huge difference for me. I don't work less than I used to, but it sure feels like it. Time flies when you're having fun :)

I can take that time off to take one of my kids to the doctor (without asking for permission or excusing myself) or to go with them on a school field trip. Or I can decide to pick them up early and go to the beach or to the playground or just hang out with them at home. 

Also, I go shopping when no-one else is at the supermarket. I can go to the bank or make personal calls during the day, or I go to lunch with my parents who are retired. This adds incredible value to my life.

Decide where to work

I have decided to keep my business strictly digital, which means that I can work where-ever I want. I have school children, so I don't travel the world all the time, like many of my laptop lifestyle colleagues do. I work from my kitchen, garden, couch, local coffee shop, library etc. It gives me a great sense of freedom to decide where to work and not to be forced to show up in the same office day in and out. 

People sometimes ask me if I get lonely. I can honestly say that I don't! 

Sometimes I join groups of people that I meet online or at seminars. At the moment I meet up with 7-8 people that I met at a 'make online courses' seminar every Wednesday from 9-12. We work on different projects, but use the same method, so it's of great value to sit and work together. 

Decide on you own work/learning ratio

When I quit my job, I decided to spend around 30% of my time learning new things. 

Some times, I am crystal clear about the return of this 'investment', sometimes it somewhat blurry. Though, I am sure the return will materialize eventually in one form or another. 

I especially invest in learning in two areas:

- New skills (marketing, Facebook ads, social media, building amazing online courses)

- New me (mindset, productivity, sports)

This makes me happy and I feel like I'm giving myself a unique gift. I love learning new stuff and now I'm able to prioritize just that. 

Do you want to be your own boss?

Being your own boss is not for everybody. I know lots of people who are happily employed. I was just never one of them - and I took action and changed my life for the better. 

I didn't do it alone - I invested in getting the help I needed, as I was totally new to building an online business. And I'm happy I did, because I can now make a list of advantages that make a huge positive impact on my life. 

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