Entrepreneurs – those sexy beasts have it all, don’t they? They can wake up when they want, work when they want, take holidays when they choose, and have control over everything.
It’s the goal we all aim for, right?
Working a 9-to-5 corporate gig is the nightmare. It’s being ruled by egotistical low-life’s , surrounded by sycophants who will snap your neck in two and step over your cold, dead corpse to get ahead. You are at someone else’s beck and call that doesn’t have your interests at heart. You have to book your holidays in advance, and remain chained to your cubicle until you have permission to leave.
Is there any truth in this?
I think not.
It’s exhausting to read articles/blog posts online that praise entrepreneurship like it’s the Holy Grail; something that is the lifeblood of society. And of course, if you’re not working towards this, then something is missing.
I believe entrepreneurship is a mind-set that you can apply to whatever your work situation is; taking pleasure in what you do, no matter who you work for. Living the corporate life does not lack respect.
Entrepreneurship is most certainly not for everyone, and here’s why:
Having a good idea does not guarantee a business. Having a product does not guarantee clients. Having a blog does not necessarily mean the start of passive income.
Some of us just don’t want to take the risk. And that’s ok. It’s perfectly respectable to want to put your time, energy and ideas into a business somebody else started.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
There are no financial guarantees
So you’re working solo, which means you are responsible for every penny earned. You stop working, the money stops coming in. Marketing is a consistent activity, and love it or hate it, you’ve gotta do it to make your dough.
When working for a business you don’t own, there is the guarantee of a paycheque at the end of the month. And if for whatever reason you are not doing a good job, there are rules and laws that protect you so that you know when the cash pot will end.
Working for a corporate business, you have the option of receiving:
– Life insurance
– A pension
– Health cover for you and your family
– Paid holidays
How many of these are immediate, or even available, when you’re working a solo gig?
The social factor
If you’re anything like me, you like being around people. You may not necessarily like those people all the time, but simply having the opportunity to interact on a daily basis with people you would not have ordinarily interacted with is refreshing.
Working solo can sometimes mean this and this alone – S.O.L.O. You must be proactive about finding people to interact with. What happens if you really need to talk to someone and everyone is busy? Situations like this are not easy, for those amongst us who are gregarious and feed off the energy of other people.
You can take risks
Want to work abroad? Want to work in sales rather than marketing? Want to work for a different boss for a while? You can do that. And you can do it relatively risk free.
When working for yourself, you have to do everything. When you love it, when you hate it, when you would rather stick fresh red chilies in your eye than do it, you still have to.
If you don’t like it, you can leave
Ok, so closing your business is always an option, but it’s not easy to wrap it up and walk away. You have to tell the clients, there are legal aspects to consider, and of course, your next move. With a job, you leave when you find another. It’s simple. And with a safety net in-tact.
So here’s to the courageous 9-to-fivers; those valiantly committed multi-tasking warriors, believing and living the values of the corporate like they were penned from your own heart. Working for someone else is not a shameful thing. In a world where the internet is full of entrepreneurs screaming that they have it all, here’s to you – keep living that passion and breathing it into every day.