“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 this cubicle. Was this all that life has to offer? Will I have to endure this until I can go into retirement? No, I felt like there was something more in life. But what? Working from 9 to 5 for the next 50 years in your life – that just couldn’t be everything!

Day after day passed by until one evening I sat down on the couch, scrolled 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. And maybe you already know someone in your circle who took the same path? Opportunities to work location-independently are rising and it only requires a laptop and a wifi connection and you are good to start to run your own online business.

But what advantages does it have to become 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 the working time just like you need it. You are your own boss and you can work when you feel the most productive. In contrast to a traditional job where you have to work at those times your boss tells you to, you can create your own individual working routine with your online business.

Are you most productive in the morning or in the evening when the kids are in bed? Whatever suits your best you decide on your own. No more other people telling you when you have to get be at work, when you can take a break or when you can go home.

However, in the beginning stages, you are going to need more energy to set up your business. But once it runs smoothly you can schedule your day at will. Furthermore, you can increase your productivity with certain techniques so you won’t have to work 8 to 12 hours a day but far less. One of the techniques is the “Pomodoro technique” that I will explain to you more in detail in another post.

2. Self-determination & independence

Self-determination means that you determine your life based on your choice. As soon as you run your own online business you are in control of everything that you do. You are not a victim of societal rules anymore and you decide what you want to do in your own life.

Of course, this also leads to responsibility but you get to decide on very important matters. How many hours do I want to work today? What do I do after work? What do I want to work on?

By running your own online business you become independent and you have the freedom to create the life you have always wanted.

3. More time for relationships

With your online business, you can start traveling around the world or you can stay in the comfort of your home which is also absolutely fine. Then you can spend a lot of time with the people you love and watch your kids grow as you decide for yourself how much and when you have to work. Let it be your partner, friends or other family members you’d love to spend more time with. By running your own online business you can make this wish come true.

You can have a coffee with a good friend of yours every time you want it or you can go on holidays without having to ask your boss when it’s appropriate. This kind of freedom, to see your family and friends and watch your kids grow up is probably one of the most valuable things in life.

4. You learn a lot of new skills and about yourself

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 after you left school is the same as standing still. You won’t move forward anymore and this is one of the big advantages that an online business can give to you.

As you will tread new paths you will have to gain new skills and learn new things in order to become a successful business owner. But don’t worry. For this, you don’t have to get a special degree at university. You can learn everything by yourself. There are so many great resources out there where you can learn everything that is essential to run your own online business.

Try Udemy or Skillshare and gain new skills that will enrich your life.

Also, you will be learning a lot about yourself on your way to becoming a successful business owner. As you will be confronted with situations you haven’t had yet you will learn where your limits are and you will be amazed by what you can accomplish! Believe me, often we underestimate ourselves what we are capable of.

But running your own online business will show you what you can do and you will never want to miss it again.

5. Personal growth

Are you dealing with a lot of fears when it comes to creating your own online business? I know that feeling too well. I’ve been there, too. I asked myself all the “What if’s” questions and this is nothing uncommon for an entrepreneur. Running your own business means also taking a risk and as soon as we are confronted with the fact, that we have to leave our securities it gets daunting.

But believe me when I say: No fear that I ever had came true. In other words FEAR means nothing else than this:

  • F Falso
  • E Evidence
  • A Appearing
  • R Real

However, your own online business is the best way to overcoming your fears. Being self-employed is not a walk in the park and you will get to your limits several times. But this is the time where you will learn most about yourself and grow. You get taught how to take risks, how to conquer your fears and how to grow confident in what you do.

And this is a valuable lesson which will last for a lifetime.

Tell me, what advantages do see in running your own online business? Is there anything that is still holding you back?

Let me know in the comments I’d love to hear from your experiences and let’s share our stories to enrich each other’s lives.

 

Yours, Nicole

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