Quitting your job on a whim based on a fleeting idea that popped into your mind probably isn’t the best course of action, no matter how cool that idea seems at the time. Before delving into the world of entrepreneurship, first you need to prepare yourself for the sometimes-harsh realities of business ownership. Some people are destined to be entrepreneurs. From the time they get through school, or maybe even before that, they’re hungry to start a business and lead it to success, and they’ll stop at nothing to make that dream a reality. For others, starting a business is a scary, intimidating notion. There are too many unknowns to take the plunge. But if you’re considering becoming an entrepreneur, don’t forget all the benefits that go along with it:
1. Flexibility in hours. Take half-days and off days whenever you feel like it.
2. More spare time. Spend more time with your family and friends.
3. Calling the shots. Nobody else is going to set the rules. You are.
4. Setting your own deadlines. No more last-minute rushing unless you want to do it.
5. Selling how you want to sell. Online? In person? Inbound? Outbound? It’s your call.
6. Creating your own environment. You can set the formality and culture of your organization.
7. Pursuing your passion. You can do what makes you happy.
8. Creating something from scratch. Watch your organization grow from start to finish.
9. Meeting new people. Network with other entrepreneurs and professionals.
10. Building a team. You decide who to hire and bring into your company.
11. Creating jobs. Improve the economy with new job opportunities.
12. Helping people. Use products and services to improve people’s lives.
13. Becoming your own expert. Learn the ropes of your industry through first-hand experience.
14. Investing in yourself. You take the risk, and you’ll gain the rewards.
15. Making more money. If you want a pay raise, you can give yourself one.
16. Financial independence. No one else is signing your paychecks.
17. Tax benefits. Write off your biggest expenses.
18. New challenges every day. Find new ways to stimulate your mind.
19. Getting exposed to new cultures. Discover new perspectives and approaches.
20. Discovering new fields. Delve deeper into your industry.
21. Creating an asset. Give yourself something sellable to hedge your bets.
22. Connecting with your clients. Forge real, personal connections.
23. Delegating the boring tasks. Don’t do anything you don’t want to.
24. You can stop working. Work you enjoy doing can’t be described as “work.”
25. The power to give. Have the power and flexibility to donate time or money to worthy causes.
26. Getting involved in the community. Participate actively in your neighborhood and region.
27. Improving your industry. Push your industry forward with new innovations and ideas.
28. Mentoring. Meet valuable, insightful mentors and learn from them.
29. Being a mentor. Take your own knowledge and experience, and mentor someone else.
30. Learning new skills. Learn new skills in new departments.
31. Attending new classes and seminars. Constantly refine your skill set and stay updated.
32. Having a big office. If you want the biggest office in your workplace, it’s yours.
33. Working from anywhere. Work from home if you so choose.
34. Having the option for multiple ventures. Start another business when you’re done with this one.
35. Gaining entrepreneurial experience. Being an entrepreneur makes you a better professional in almost any position.
36. Getting recognized. Start earning name recognition and build a reputation.
37. Getting things done faster. Set your own efficiency rates.
38. Personal branding. Take the time to develop your personal brand, and tie it into your business’s.
39. Being creative. Create your own opportunities and your own solutions.
40. Inspiring others. Serve as an example for other people to follow their dreams.
41. Reducing your commute. Find an office space closer to your home.
42. Having more job stability. Never worry about being laid off or fired.
43. Finding pride and fulfillment. Finally start taking pride in the work you’re doing.
44. Reaching your dreams. If you’ve ever dreamed of being wildly successful, this is your chance.
45. Failing isn’t so bad. Even if you fail, you’ll walk away with new skills and more experience you never had before.
46. Having a great story to tell. It will be a fun story for your grandchildren one day, win or lose.
47. Leaving something behind. Pass the business down to your children and grandchildren.
48. Changing the world. It may seem like too lofty a goal for you right now, but your business really could change the world.
49. Resources are plentiful. With the dominance of the Internet, it’s easier than ever to find resources you need, including startup capital, loans, grants, and even mentors.
50. There’s nothing stopping you. What’s really keeping you from being an entrepreneur? Of course there are risks,
but there’s nothing forcing you not to take them.
If you want to become an entrepreneur, there’s nothing really holding you back. Take the leap, and lead the company you’ve always wanted. I will always be there to navigate with you in the online marketing world.