For almost fifteen years, I worked for someone else because I was scared to be out on my own. Scared to not have health insurance, a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks, paid vacation, and the other accoutrements that comes with being employed by someone else. But the fact is, the security I thought I had was non-existent. It was all in my head. Let me explain.
Working for someone else is like renting a home that is not yours. Yes, you have the advantage of being able to have maintenance come and fix the problems in your home, no property taxes to pay, but you are paying rent on something that you will ever own. It is not a investment nor is it something you can leave to your family when you pass on. Renting is a great temporary option, but why would you want to rent for your whole life? And why would you want to work for someone else for your entire work life as well?
We all have a hustle. We all aspire to be more than we are—most of us want to be able to live comfortably, to be able to pay for college for our kids, the ability to take an international trip once a year, and an occasional shopping spree. We need to work in order to achieve all of this and enjoy the fruits of our labor. But why work for someone else when you can be self employed?
I was so scared when I went out on my own. I started this blog, then began freelancing and writing, and things began coming to me—projects, assignments, that almost add up to the amount I was making before at my 9 to 5. I can now make my own hours, play by my own rules, and develop my brand. I could not do that before, at least not the way I wanted to. Now each keystroke that I make is for me and my business—not for someone else’s gain, who is paying me a minimum salary to do maximum work. This is now an investment into my portfolio and my future. How cool is that?
Build up your own net worth through your passion! Whether it is writing or catering or opening up your own business. Whatever it is, just do it! I am not saying quit your job right now and go off into the sunset without a plan. But I am saying you can make it happen right now. Stop putting it off. If you want to be on your own, don’t be scared like I was. I wasted so much time because I was afraid. And now I am playing catch-up!
The supposed safety net of a job is gone—my Aunt who as worked for the same school district for over 15 years is now out of a job. Unemployment rates are at an all-time high. Turn a negative into a positive and tap into your passion and make it work for you. If I could do it, believe me, anyone can.
I do understand that not everyone can be self-employed. There are jobs in sectors that need to be filled. But for those of you who are working at jobs that you hate and would rather be working on your passion, don’t be afraid to take that leap!
Develop your plan now and work everyday towards your goals. I wish you much success!