reply to post by 46ACE
Plenty of entrepreneurs; small business owners; writers and movie makers live without dragging themselves to a "God I hate this place"
I am one.
If it was "easy"; everybody would do it.
Anyone who wants to take up the entrepreneurial or freelance life should know: it is ten times harder, for the average person, than making a living
from full-time, formal employment. People dream of working for themselves because they think they can make their own hours, only take on jobs that
interest them, spend more time with their families, travel, etc. Fat chance. The demands and uncertainties of the freelance life keep you tethered to
the grindstone far more effectively than any employment contract. Why? Because you know that if you step away from the plate, or mess up, or don’t
deliver on time, not only do you lose that pay cheque but you also lose an element of reputation, and that makes finding the next job harder. Besides,
if you work for yourself, you have to take care of administrative details, taxes, conforming to legal and environmental regulations and all the rest
of that stuff, too. Freelancers and independent entrepreneurs are rarely off duty. We work when the work is there: weekends, holidays, even nights
when the deadline starts to loom. Plus, we have to stay cool, look competent and trustworthy, learn to massage clients’ egos and accommodate their
eccentricities, and more.
If anyone thinks all that is easier or automatically more fun than working for somebody else, they’d best think again.
What makes you "different"?
And that is exactly the right question to ask.
The only reasons to work for yourself are that you have a unique skill that’s valuable enough to earn you more in the independent market than in the
job market, or a great idea that will make you millions, or you are such an anti-social person that working as part of an organisation is literally
impossible for you. If you want to work for yourself in order to find ‘peace and happiness’, forget it.
At least for the first ten or fifteen years.
If, by then, you’re still in business, chances are you’ve made a success out of your independent enterprise or freelance career. This means
you’re good and you can start picking and choosing when, where and on what you work. At that point, it starts becoming personally rewarding.
Just don’t expect it to happen overnight.