As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I’m currently commuting between LA and KC for a software client of mine. I’m performing some sales coaching for their inside sales team. 45% of their yearly sales revenue happens between September 1 and December 31.
I was offered the Director of Sales position in July and politely turned it down since I didn’t want to uproot my wife and 2 kids and move to California. But I don’t mind being onsite through the fall.
I’ve co-owned or owned my own company since August 2006 and love it.
There are a few advantages of being an employee of a firm:
1. Steady paycheck (Until they lay you off or fire you.)
2. Benefits (If they provide them for you.)
3. Security (Whatever that means.)
As I type this, I read this week that Blackberry was laying off 300 employees. So I hope you can hear my sarcasm and cynicism in this post!
Top 10 Reasons I’m an self-employed entrepreneur:
1. I don’t have to dress up unless I want to and I get to set the company dress code.
2. If I don’t like my income, I can directly do something about it rather than wait on the company to act.
3. No politics, bureaucracy or drama! (Unless I want it!)
4. I’m all about results. Not how many hours did I put in.
5. I get to choose the employees I want to work with.
6. I get to choose the clients I want to work with.
7. If I want to leave early on a day to do something I want, I don’t need to ask permission.
8. I have total freedom and flexibility to get work done.
9. I have equity in the company and an asset in case it gets sold one day.
10. The sky is the limit. Yes, there are factors outside my control but I control my own destiny more than employees at other firms do.
How about you? Which do you favor? Being an employee or self-employed?
I’m Ray Ruecker with Connect 5000! Greetings from Torrance, CA!