Nobody really wants to be self-employed
August 17th, 2012 by Agent Kevin Miller
If we’re honest, isn’t that the truth? When I think of ‘working for myself’ there is a sense of fear, because I know how lame I am. And it sounds hard.
Saying I want to be ‘self-employed’ is like saying I want to ‘lift weights’. Right. I really want to spend an hour lifting heavy objects till my muscles badly burn and I’m breathing heavy and sweating. Ummm…that’s not fun for me. Today marks day 30 of lifting weights three days in a row, off one. This morning was chest exercises. I officially loathe the incline bench press.
WHAT I WANT…is a stronger back so I don’t put it out anymore. I want stronger shoulders to compensate for old cycling injuries. Our bodies were created to have consistent muscle resistance, but today’s lifestyle doesn’t require it much, so we have to do it artificially. I want to be 85 and able to carry my great-grandkids around and take them on a hike. To do that, I have to be working at it now.
OK…admittedly, my wife is gorgeous. And she not only notices when I’m more chiseled, but it causes her to be a bit more…amorous. That alone is worth it!
Therefore I lift weights and will continue for life. But I do it for the pay off.
With work, maybe you’re like me and what you desire is to:
- Work at something you care about…that transcends a mere paycheck.
- Do work where you get to see the end recipient really benefit from what you’ve done.
- Be able to dictate when you work and be flexible so you can have other priorities in your life (like family!).
- Have your work over the years build equity, just like you do with owning a home. So after all those decades you can realize true financial wealth and something to show for all the life you’ve given to…work.
- Not waste time with bureaucracy and the unavoidable ridiculous of big business and office/corporate politics and water cooler chit chat and…
I just want all those things. Desperately. More than desire, I believe they are best for my family and me.
But the truth is…self-employment is a harder chore than being an employee. No doubt. It’s not easy. I sure wouldn’t keep at it without realizing the payoffs. The term ‘self-employment’ doesn’t just thrill me.
It’s just the best vehicle I’ve found to support all those realities I listed above.
So if the term ‘self-employment’ doesn’t just make you tingly with excitement, I understand.
Do any of the five things on that list make you tingle though?