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The advantages of being self employed

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Registering as self employed

Effectively, there are two ways in which we earn income. The first one is where we are an employee and work for a person, or a company, and line the pockets of our boss. The second type is where we are self employed and work entirely for ourselves.

How many times have you sat at work and thought “there are better, cheaper and more efficient ways of doing this” before devising a plan of action only for it to be rubbished by your boss? As a
self employed person you can think of as many ideas as you want and you can then implement them without anyone else being able to do anything about it. Being an employee stifles creativity and imagination whereas being self employed nurtures it.

 

Dressed for self employment.

Self employed man

As a self employed person you profit from all the money you make, which will motivate you to work harder, faster and more efficiently. As an employee you receive your annual salary or wage regardless of how hard you work. Sure, your boss may give you a bonus but he doesn’t have to
do this and many bosses don’t do this. If employees increase their activity levels and generate more profit for their boss there is only ne person who will benefit, and that won’t be the employee.

As a self employed person you are your own boss. You decide what you are going to do, how you are going to do it and when you are going to do it. There are no unrealistic and unachievable deadlines to meet, there are no superiors breathing down your neck telling you to work harder and faster and there are no threats of wages being docked if you haven’t achieved a task by a specific time.

Being self employed allows you to take your annual vacation when you want to take it. You no longer have to get annual leave approved and agreed, you no longer have to work around work colleagues and ‘fight’ to get the holidays off and you no longer have to miss out because it is month end or something like that. If you are self employed and want a day off you take it.

We all have those days when the morning alarm goes off and we simply can’t be bothered to get up. Employees have to get up and get to work by their contractual time however self employed people
don’t. As a self employed person you can spend an extra hour or two in bed and then make it up at the end of the day. Heck, if you want the morning off you can take it. Self employment offers the ultimate in flexible working conditions.

Have you ever had to take annual leave to wait in for a delivery or for the gas man to come and service the boiler? Taking a couple of hours off in the morning or afternoon to sign for a delivery
is no big deal but many courier companies are not this precise and will give you an eight hour window in which your goods will be delivered, which means you have to take the whole day off. As a self employed person you don’t have to ask for time off you simply take it. As a self employed person you can order goods and services knowing you can be there without having to ask permission.

As you can see there are many advantages to being self employed, so if you have the drive, the ambition and the desire t become self employed get out there and register as self employed. It really isn’t that hard to do.


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Comments

Feb 8, 2012 12:15am
inkedwriter
I work more now that I am self employed, but writing for a living has always been my dream, so it doesn't feel like work. It helps that I can walk away from the laptop and just chill for a bit before getting the head down again....it's real freedom
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