Today I wanted to discuss why I decided to work for myself. A lot of people ask me this because I had what most considered a good job before taking the route. Most people want to know what made me give up that security.
I decided to create my own opportunities because I’m not the type of person who can sit in an office all day and be told what to do. It actually makes me sad when I think about spending eight hours of my day in a cube taking orders instead of enjoying my life.
Now that’s not to say I can’t work for other people because I’m always working for other people. It doesn’t matter if I’m a freelancer or an employee I have a boss. The difference for me is the flexibility to work from home and the absence of the micromanager.
Before I made the decision to quit my job I thought about a few things.
First, I decided to look at my life before “the real world.” I’ve been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. In 6th grade I started a “business” where I sold candy to my classmates. I would buy a $2 bag of bubble gum that contained 200 pieces and depending on the type of candy I sold each for varying amounts up to 25 cents.
I made so much money… for a 6th grader anyway. I was alway conscious of saving a portion of the money I made to reinvest in my business. I eventually started selling chips and soda until the school admin office shut me down. It was a sad day…
Since then I’ve always been the type of person to “hustle” or make money anyway I could. I did hair, I sold vintage clothes, I styled my college classmates and I helped many people write papers in school. I actually always wrote to make extra money.
I’ve always been an entrepreneur I just never thought I could make a living from it.
Once I graduated college and started working full time I knew something was off. Within three weeks I started to dread going to work and I felt like I wasn’t living the life I wanted. No matter how hard I tried to shake the feeling I couldn’t.
So many people told me to suck it up and be glad that I’d found a job when so many couldn’t but I can’t live that way. Back then it didn’t occur to me that I could just work remotely for a company (which I think would have worked out well) so I struck out on my own.
I didn’t start to feel great about my work until I had the freedom to do it properly. All of a sudden every day was brand new. I couldn’t wait to see my clients and interact with them. I was so excited to start on all of my projects!
It was amazing!
I started to take pride in my work again and it started bringing me joy. It showed because my clients referred me to others and my business grew faster than expected.
I was able to quit my 9-5 and now I’m doing this thing I love full time.
I’m starting this amazing journey and I’m happy. It all started because I stopped letting what everyone else did dictate my life and I made my own opportunities. I put my destiny in MY hands. I now have a career. Not a job.
What do you love about your job?