After many years of doing other things, I finally chose to work for myself (small business owner.) As with everything, there are pros and cons.
YOU choose your schedule
YOU choose WHAT you do, WHERE you do it, HOW you do it, etc.
YOU take control of your own life
YOU are responsible for EVERYTHING.
YOU pay the bills
YOU do all the dirty work
If you can get past all the cons, the pros are pretty good.
I had multiple factors working together to make my decision. I was overcoming a major loss in my life and was not emotionally healthy enough to work outside of my home. I lack transportation making it difficult to work outside of my home. And I just needed a change.
I decided that I wanted an internet business of a consumable item that I could feel good about promoting. I chose to sell tea; not just any tea, but premium, gourmet tea, the best quality I could find.
The only complication was that the economy collapsed about 4 months into my new business, and my sales are extremely slow. I may have to go back to work in order to support myself (I don’t want to, but I may have to.) The thing is, even if I do, I still have this. It’s mine.
It never makes any sense to work for someone else and let them have all the control. Why should I run someone else’s business when I could just as easily run my own. Why should someone else be getting rich off my labor and my intelligence? I can just as easily make myself rich! (okay, not yet, but eventually!) You should always be doing SOMETHING for yourself - even if it’s just a little. The pride of ownership is just unbelievable.
And one more thing: Afraid it would be too challenging? ARE YOU KIDDING? It’s the challenge that gets your blood pumping! RISE TO THE OCCASSION! You’ll feel like a lion! Like you can conquer the world. Like, if you can do this, you can do anything!
I never have to worry about low self esteem again. I can look anyone in the eye and say, I own my own company. What are you doing?