- Lots of tax deductions not given to a regular employee.
- The ability to earn according to your skill, need, or basic chutzpa (when you work for $9 an hour at WalMart, you have no ability to earn more than $9 an hour. Period. Depressing.).
- A lack (or at least minimum) of office politics.
- Flexible hours.
- No one looking over your shoulder, no need to put up with inane employee policies better suited to pre-schoolers, and no timing of your every coffee break.
- You get to be creative!
- You can switch gears quickly--if one part of the business takes off, you can follow that part and drop or at least minimize work on other parts that don't make money.
- The ability to multi-task...start the laundry, write some code, set bread to rising, write an article, mow the yard, shoot some hoops, catch the ninth inning, take a nap, blog into the wee hours...you get the idea.
- An immediate increase in status--outside contracted "expert" versus "office flunky".
- Flexible dress code.
- A (sometimes dramatic cut) in work-related expenses: lunches out, coffee on the way to work, a comprehensive "work" wardrobe, money for co-worker gifts, daycare, etc.
- No need to grovel with an employer for a fifty cent raise, an extra sick day, an office with a window, etc.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
A Dozen Reasons to be Self Employed
Except in a couple of instances when I took jobs in order to learn skills that I needed or, in the early years when I wanted to make money quickly and had basically had no skills (bartending), I have been self-employed for the majority of my life. Here's a dozen reasons why people should be self-employed: