The way that capitalism has organized our society is strange in lots of ways. It is rather dispiriting when you see someone ask a child what they want to be when they group. Their sometimes idealistic answers, like the desire to ballerina or an astronaut, are humored. However, implicit in their answer is the recognition that when they grew up, they will have to be something, whether or not they will enjoy it. Work is a fact of life. While the question may be a way of finding out what a child is interested in, its meaning actually goes a lot deeper: it is about how the child plans to sell their labor when they are an adult so that they can shoulder all of the costs and expenses that Western society will levy against them. Another absurd paradigm of late capitalism is that college students are expected to choose their major when they are just teenagers and live with that decision for the rest of their adult lives. Most people will be markedly different by the time they reach their mid-twenties, let alone their forties. In any case, they have to acclimate themselves to their decisions and make the best of them.
Deciding on a career is, therefore, a massive moment in a person’s life. It is important because you do not want to find yourself dissatisfied with your job later on. Unfortunately, most people are miserable at work (in the UK, a survey found that a massive 65% of 25-34 year olds wanted to switch careers). If you do not want to find yourself trapped in a dull, repetitive office job, why not work for yourself and set up your own business? Here are three reasons why it may be perfect for you:
- You can decide your own hours. You may find that crawling out of bed before the sun has had a chance to rise and going into work where you have to concentrate for eight hours may not be your best look. If you are your own boss, you can decide when you work and under what circumstances.
- You can delegate. However great you may be at lots of things, you will not be perfect at all of them. When you are running your own business, you can decide which tasks you should take on yourself and which you should outsource. There are some things that you may simply not be able to do, like taking care of a secured transport and driving it across the country, or figuring out your tax returns. If you are your own boss, you can get others to do these things for you. Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses is key to succeeding as an entrepreneur.
- You can give yourself a raise anytime you want. If your small business is particularly successful and you feel that all your hard work is going unrewarded, as the boss you can pay yourself more. If you like, you can take yourself away on a relaxing holiday too. It’s all up to you.
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