5 Reasons Why You Should Be Your Own Boss
I’ve never worked in an office. My ‘office’ for the last five years has been my bedroom, my dining room table, or a local coffee shop. I’m usually out and about at different venues delivering classes, training or catering.
The only times I’ve worked for someone else is in retail, during college and university years. Even then, I got told off for ‘insubordination of management’ and drinking champagne at work! (it was a really fancy shop)
BE YOUR OWN BOSS
For me personally, life is just too short to do someone else’s bidding, especially in my twenties when I have so much energy to put into work. That’s not to say that I’ll never work within a larger company. It’s just I feel much happier and more fulfilled doing my own thing, creating my own path, deciding how exactly I want to spend my day.
And I’m not alone in thinking this. More and more, people are clocking onto the benefits of being their own boss. That’s why I decided to create the Recipe for Success e-learning course, to help other brave souls to start their own passion project in food.
5 REASONS TO BE YOUR OWN BOSS
1.Better sleep, exercise and nutrition and overall health: I have flexibility where and when I work. This means I get a decent amount of sleep, without having to worry about getting ready for work and going through the ordeal of commuting. The idea of sitting in rush hour traffic or being sandwiched between sweaty armpits on public transport, even before the challenge of work actually begins, is a horrifying thought.
Considering millions of people commute to work 5 days a week, that’s a hell of a lot of hours wasted. Have you ever thought about what you could do with that time?
I hardly ever buy meal deals at lunchtime, opting to eat what is in my fridge instead. And if I have a bit of a mental funk after doing some intense work, I can have an afternoon nap in my own bed for 30 minutes before starting again.
This is quite a drastic difference in day to day lifestyle compared to many people. And it’s why I believe I’ve hardly been sick in 5 years!
2. Off Peak Benefits: Your income might be more unpredictable if you start your own business, but at least you can travel more flexibly and save a ton of money with off-peak rates for so many things. I’ve saved hundreds, maybe even thousands of pounds on train tickets and flights by travelling when everyone else is working and avoiding peak times. I may have less income on average, but I also have less expenditure. And that deal at your favourite restaurant which is only during weekday lunchtimes? I can make use of that too.
3. Nobody to ask for permission to take a holiday: If I want a break, I just take it. When you are your own boss, there’s no coordination with colleagues needed, no checking of holiday allowances, no problem really, except checking it fits in with your own work schedule.
I love to travel and I’ve been lucky enough to have been able to take January off every year. Life is about so much more than working and killing yourself at a job in order to make money. My annual trips to far-flung places remind me of that. I’ve been to Thailand, India and the Philippines, for a month each, and they have been some of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve ever had. It helps also that I work in food, and I come back with so much foodie inspiration every time. All in all, it doesn’t cost me a fortune to go away, around £1500 total per trip.
4. Choosing who you work with: If I don’t like the sound of a project, or get a bad feeling about a person, I can just choose not to do it. It’s not the end of the world. Obviously, I do need a certain amount of work in the diary to keep me afloat, but at least I have the freedom to say no to doing projects without being fired.
Being your own boss means never being distracted by annoying colleagues, bosses or managers. The only person I have to please and have a duty to is me.
5. You are in the driver’s seat. If you are a bit of a control freak like me, it is satisfying to know that when you are your own boss, it is up to you how hard you work and what direction you want to go in. But because there are so many possibilities for the future, it is normal to feel unsure about how to proceed. I have sometimes been paralysed with fear, not knowing what to do with myself when I wake up in the morning.
Many people are completely content with being a passenger their whole lives, letting other people dictate the agenda. There’s nothing wrong with that. Even I sometimes wish I had someone to tell me what to do. I wish there was a set path to take, a step by step plan of what I should be doing.
But there isn’t. My map is just a blank piece of paper. It’s scary. But it’s also completely liberating.
5 REASONS WHY BEING YOUR OWN BOSS RUINS YOUR LIFE
I’ve eluded to the fact that being your own boss isn’t all that rosy all of the time. Check out for my next blog post listing the reasons why deciding to be your own boss is the worst mistake you can make.
On balance, I have to say that I am still content with my employment status and hope I can maintain this lifestyle for a few more years at least, and make a living supporting other people to do the same.
What we all have to remember is that these days, no type of work is 100% secure. What is for certain is that we’re all going to die and life is ridiculously short. Too short to do something you don’t like for 40+ hours of the week.