Edited by Alison Carminke
“I can’t do it anymore! Something has to change! NOW!”
It was 7 am in the morning and I was sitting in my car ready to get to work. But I couldn’t. I was crying my eyes out, I felt sick and I just didn’t know how to spend one more day in that cubicle. Is this all that life has to offer? Will I have to endure this until I can retire? No, I knew there was something more. But what? Working from 9 to 5 for the next 50 years – that just couldn’t be everything!
Day after day passed by, until one evening I sat down on the couch, scrolling through Facebook, and then it hit me like a bolt. I came across an ebook which explained in detail how to make a living with your laptop and a wifi connection.
“That’s it”, I thought to myself and the next weeks and months were about to change. I started my own online business…
With social media and digitalization on the rise, it gets easier and easier to create your own online business. Maybe you already know someone who took that path? Opportunities to work location-independently are rising; with a laptop and a wifi connection, you’re good to go with your own online business.
But what are the advantages of becoming an online business entrepreneur, rather than having a traditional job at an established company?
1. Flexible working hours
Running your own online business allows you to schedule your working time however you want. You are your own boss, and you can work when you feel most productive. In contrast to a traditional job, where you have to work when your boss says, with your online business you can create a personalised working routine.
Are you most productive in the mornings? Or maybe in the evenings when the kids are in bed? Whatever suits you best, you decide. No more being told when you have to get to work, when you can take a break or when you can go home.
Now, when you first set up your business, you’re going to need a lot of time and energy. But once it’s running smoothly, you can schedule your days at will. Furthermore, by increasing your productivity with certain techniques (like the Pomodoro Technique), you can work far less than a standard 8-hour workday.
2. Self-determination & independence
Self-determination means that you determine your life based on your choice. With your own online business, you are in control of everything that you do. Instead of following the usual societal rules, you decide what you want to do in your own life.
Of course, this gives you more responsibility, but you get to make your own key decisions: How many hours do I want to work today? What do I want to work on? What do I do after work?
Running your own online business gives you the independence and freedom to create the life you’ve always wanted.
3. More time for relationships
With an online business, it’s your decision whether to start traveling around the world, or stay in the comfort of your own home. Either way, you can spend more time with the people you love, and watch your kids grow, as you decide for yourself how much and when you have to work. Whoever you’d love to spend more time with, your own online business can make this wish come true.
You can have a coffee with your best friend whenever you want, or go on holiday without having to get your boss’s permission. This kind of freedom, to spend your time with family, friends and kids, is one of the most valuable things in life.
4. Lots of learning
“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” – Sarah Caldwell
Learning something new will always enrich your life. And not learning anything since you left school is the same as standing still. An online business will help you to move forward and grow.
As you tread new paths, you gain new skills and learn new things in order to become a successful business owner. But don’t worry. For this, you don’t need a degree. You can learn everything by yourself. There are so many great resources out there where you can learn everything essential to running your own online business.
On your way to becoming a successful business owner, you’ll also learn a lot about yourself. As you face new situations,you’ll learn where your limits are and you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish! Believe me, we often underestimate what we are capable of.
Running your own online business will show you how much you can do, and you’ll never look back.
5. Personal growth
Are you dealing with a lot of fears when it comes to creating your own online business? I’ve been there, too. I asked myself all the “What if” questions, and this is nothing uncommon for an entrepreneur. Running your own business means taking a risk, and it’s daunting to step out of your comfort zone.
But believe me when I say: No fear that I ever had came true. In other words, FEAR is just:
- F alse
- E vidence
- A ppearing
- R eal
However, your own online business is a great way to overcome your fears. Being self-employed is no walk in the park, and you’ll reach your limits repeatedly. But that’s how you’ll learn most about yourself and grow.
Your own online business teaches you how to take risks, how to conquer your fears and how to grow confident in what you do. And these valuable lessons will last a lifetime.