Happy 4th of July! Today’s the day we celebrate our countries’ freedom from tyranny, and often have cookouts and parties with friends and family followed by enormous fireworks displays. But today I also pause in gratefulness for my independence as an entrepreneur.
I sort of fell into being a business owner way back in 2007. It’s not what I’d planned to do with my life (I have a Masters degree in Social Work), but I’d already been feeling restless in my traditional jobs and was yearning for more. Little did I know at the time how much being an entrepreneur would stretch, challenge and sometimes downright frustrate me, but looking back, I wouldn’t change it, and can’t imagine ever working for anyone else again.
Some freedoms I’m grateful to experience because I’m a business owner:
- Freedom of time – I don’t have to punch a clock for anyone else, which is one of my most enjoyed freedoms. I can work my schedule around my family’s needs. Granted, my hours are much longer than they’d be if I were employed elsewhere, but they’re on my schedule. Yep, sometimes I work at 2 am or on the weekends, but it’s because I want to, not because I’m forced to.
- Freedom of income – my income is only limited by my hustle and focus. I don’t have a glass ceiling to worry about, and there are a number of revenue streams I can incorporate into my business structure should I need or want to make more.
- Freedom of flexibility – similar to time freedom, I have the flexibility to rearrange my schedule to be there for school field trips, lunch dates with friends and family vacations. I can put my family first and be thankful that my business provides the opportunity for some of these fun and memorable activities.
There are more freedoms I could list, but I’ve got to get to a cookout! I hope each of you enjoy this day of celebrating freedom and even if your beauty business is a side hustle right now and you dream of working for yourself full time, hang in there – do not give up! I’ve been at this for almost 8 years, and sometimes I feel like I’m just now hitting my stride. You can do it! Let me know how I can help support and encourage you on your journey – that’s what I’m here for!
What’s the biggest freedom that you enjoy by being a business owner? Share in the comments below.