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Why More Women are Quitting Their Jobs to Run Their Own Business

The journey to independence for women has been a very long one. If you go through history, women had to fight to have a place as members of the work force. It was a huge struggle as women were relegated to the background. According to societal norms, the only job women could do at that time was to be housewives.

Fast forward to the 21st century, women are taking up more roles in the work force. They are not only trained to practice their profession, they also head key positions. From the civil service to corporate institutions, women are no longer an unfamiliar sight.

 

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But now there is a new trend springing up. More women are transitioning from being employees to being business owners. I am privileged to be among them. I left my 9-to-5 to focus on my own business.

A lot of people wonder why there are more women quitting their jobs to run businesses of their own. I thought it will be a good idea to compile a list of key reasons why they do so.

 

Participating in the rat race doesn’t cut it anymore

Having a 9-to-5 jobs creates the illusion of stability and an avenue to practice your profession. You’re assured of a regular job with a good salary and a pension when you retire. But the truth is that working at a 9-to-5 job is anything BUT stable.

You could be fired at any time. Your salary may not be enough to pay all your bills and you could end up living on your credit card. The office politics causes both emotional and mental agony. Even if everything about working at a 9-to-5 were rosy, it doesn’t give you fulfillment.

Smart women know that in order to truly experience a good life, they need to take matters into their own hands and be their own bosses.

 

 

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You’re more in control

If there is anything working as an employee doesn’t offer, it would be living life on your own terms. As an employee, you are constantly taking orders from a superior. Unlike a 9-to-5, running your own business guarantees flexible working hours and you are able to work towards what you want to receive every month.

Female entrepreneurs know that taking care of a family comes with a lot of responsibilities and no matter how generous your employer is there are some things he or she will not be willing to waive for you.

 

Freedom to pursue your passion

Let’s face it. You can actually count the number of people who are happy with their cubicle lifestyle. I remember when I was working at my 9-to-5, more than half of my colleagues sulked to work. Starting from Monday, everyone was looking forward to Friday so that they could enjoy the weekend. I can never forget the days my work caused me so much strain and sadness.

When I finally called it quits and started my own business, I established a business that brought me fulfillment. I was able to do something that I am passionate about.

 

That is exactly what female entrepreneurs get to enjoy when they run their own businesses. They do what they love and business is never a drag because they are passionate about what they are doing.

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To Freelance is the Future

The number of freelancers is on the rise in different countries. And as I delve deeper into freelancing, the reasons for this increase are getting clearer by the day. In fact, the potential for freelancers is immense and I’m really glad that people, especially the creatives, are taking advantage of it. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a freelancer or you intend to freelance. Maybe you have even hired a couple to help you out in your business. You’ll see that they are proving themselves to be an indispensible part of the industry.

 

 

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Here are some of the reasons why freelancing is the future of work.

 

Search for better income

This is where most freelancers start. The desire to find a way to augment their income pushes them to find “side hustles” they can engage in after their 9-to-5 jobs. The reason is simple: their salaries are not enough to cater for their needs or the needs of their family.

Those who turn to freelancing have been able to raise their income level even higher than what they were earning in their 9-to-5. Well known freelancers have been able to rake in millions every year through freelancing alone. That is something they could never have imagined they could achieve through their 9-to-5 jobs.

 

Freelancers take up gigs that reflect their passions

The gigs freelancers go for reflect their interests and hobbies. Doing something they love makes them enjoy the work they do. Thus, their side hustles turn to their passion project and a means to escape their dreadful jobs. This means that they are more productive and deliver quality services.  They carry this passion and enjoyment with them even after they leave their 9-to-5 to dedicate more time to build a business on what they love doing the most.

 

Freelance to experience a life of freedom

Freelancing gives people the opportunity to quit their jobs and start off as owners of their own businesses.  As business owners, these freelancers get to enjoy unlimited freedom in their lives. No need to wake up early to rush to work. Having to endure hours of long commute or crazy weather conditions would be a thing of the past. No need to deal with office politics. They are in charge of their own time, the clients they work with and how much money they can make.

 

 

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Freelance gives job security

The immergence of artificial intelligence (AI) has been giving a lot of workers concerns. Many believe that the presence of AI means that they are faced with the threat of losing their jobs.

The good news is that freelancers are not at risk of the presence of AI. Freelancers don’t only offer services, they build business relationships and influence in their niche. This is something that AI can’t achieve.

 

Assurance of quality service

Most people working in offices today are doing those jobs mainly out of necessity and not many of them enjoy the work that they do. Freelancers on the other hand love their job. Their love for what they do shows in the quality of their work.

Their passion drives them to ensure that their clients are given the best. Freelancers work faster, smarter and are more resourceful and innovative than those working in a 9-to-5. They believe in ensuring maximum satisfaction and not merely living from paycheck to paycheck.

 

Do you freelance? How are you finding it?

 

 

6 Reasons Why Self Employment is Good for Mothers

As a mother, we are faced with so many responsibilities. Managing the home, our family and still making time for self-care can be really difficult if you’re employed at a 9-to-5. I can imagine it being more of a struggle to work a 9-5 and run my family, than to be self-employed, running my own business from the comfort of my home, along with my family. There are so many reasons why self employment is good for mothers.

 

 

If you’re still wondering if it’s a good idea to transition into being self-employed, then here are 6 reasons that will convince you to get started.

 

Flexible hours

One of the first things you begin to experience when you’re self-employed is that you can work at any time of the day. You’re not restricted to work at 9am and close at 5pm. You can set the time that is most convenient for you. You can also reschedule, especially when you have to be at your child’s school or you’re feeling under the weather.

 

Self Employment & Flexible Location

You know those days at work, where it feels as if the cubicle is choking you to death? Well, if you’re self-employed you can work anywhere you want to. You can work from the comfort of your home or work on the beach. The location is up to you. When you feel like you need a change of environment, it’s just as easy as taking your laptop and going to the place of your choice.

 

You are in control of the income you want to make

Being self-employed gives you the opportunity to determine how much you want to earn. In a 9-to-5 you are restricted to a fixed salary and before you can get a raise, you should have worked long and hard to be eligible for a raise. When you own your own business, you are the one who determines how much you want to earn.  There’s literally no limit to what you can earn so long as you put in the work.

 

Less stress

The beauty of self employment is the amount of stress that you get to cut out of your life. You don’t have to deal with the pressure from co-workers or an angry boss. Worrying about commuting would be a thing of the past, if you work from home. You don’t have to worry about that late evening meeting and how to still make it to your child’s recital. Let’s face it: working at a 9-to-5 can be overwhelming at times. When you’re self-employed you’re in more control of your life and your work.

 

 

 

Gives you the sense of independence

When you work in a 9-to-5 you’re limited on all sides. Everything you do is focused on pleasing the company you work for. Whether you like it or not, there will be days when you’ll be asked to do things that you would ordinarily not like to do. Just because you don’t want to lose your job, you’ll find yourself succumbing to the whims of your boss.

But in your own business, you are your own boss and you have no one to please but yourself. You do what you like and the decisions you take in your business will not challenge your authentic self.

 

Quality Time

The most important people in your life are your dear ones. Being able to just be a part of their lives and get the opportunity to impact their lives daily is precious. But when you are neck-deep in work from the office (which can get extremely demanding) you miss out on what’s important. Being self-employed gives you the freedom to be with your family and be a part of their lives. Everyday spent with the one’s you love makes your life richer and more worthwhile.

 

Self employment is the coolest way to go, but it regardless of the freedom and beauty of being self employed, it is not the best option for everyone, and may not be the best option for you. This way of life comes with its own issues. It takes a lot of determination, passion and disclipline to make it work.

 

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