As I men­tioned in recent posts, I have been work­ing for myself for just over a year now. I’ve been a busi­ness own­er off and on for near­ly 20 years, but this is the longest stretch dur­ing which I’ve done it full time. It’s also been my most suc­cess­ful.

I used to think work­ing for some­one else pro­vid­ed job secu­ri­ty. It gave me a steady and depend­able pay­cheque, defined work hours, and great ben­e­fits.

Then I was laid off twice in three years.

Over the past 13 months, I’ve grown to love work­ing for myself. There’s a lot to not like about it, (per­haps that will be a future blog post) but these 6 plusses make up for that.

1. I have a flexible schedule

I tell peo­ple that I don’t work 9 – 5, I work 5 – 9. Last night, for exam­ple, I was work­ing until 21:45 and this morn­ing, I was at it before 5:00. That can be tax­ing, but I also have flex­i­bil­i­ty. I can take off an hour to go to a non-prof­it board meet­ing or two hours to go with my fam­i­ly to an agri­cul­ture fair.

2. I never do the same thing twice

Every work­day is dif­fer­ent. While I do the same type of work each day (writ­ing, edit­ing, and social media), it’s always some­thing new. Run­ning a Twit­ter account for a real­tor, for exam­ple, is not the same thing as run­ning a Pin­ter­est board for a fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­er. Edit­ing a master’s the­sis is not the same as edit­ing a mag­a­zine arti­cle.

3. It’s easy to get a raise

With my employ­ers, I had to wait for a raise or accept annu­al cost-of-liv­ing increas­es. Now, if I want a high­er income, I just need to sign on new clients. It’s all up to me.

4. I’m around my family more

Even though I work in a des­ig­nat­ed office space with a closed door, I can still hear my fam­i­ly inter­act­ing. When I stop for din­ner or to get a drink, I can inter­act with them. I can hear them laugh­ing and chat­ting about ran­dom things. I love my fam­i­ly, and being around them more (even if I’m kind of not) is a great bless­ing.

5. I can nap

Because of my long work­days, I am often tired. If my day isn’t too hec­tic, I can find a few min­utes to relax, put in some earplugs, cov­er my eyes, and snooze. If I don’t do this, I often drift off. A quick nap reju­ve­nates me and helps me car­ry on.

6. I’m super motivated

It was easy to get into a rut when I worked for some­one else. Now, I’m always moti­vat­ed to find more clients and increase my brand aware­ness. It was always some­one else’s respon­si­bil­i­ty to do those things, now it’s mine. Lit­er­al­ly, if I don’t do it, no one else will.

Are you a small busi­ness own­er? What do you like about it? Share your thoughts in the com­ments below.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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