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There are plenty of reasons to want to start your own business: more flexible hours, financial independence, room for growth… the list goes on. But what if your motivation is less practical? What if you simply want to transform a longtime passion into a rewarding career?

Read on to learn how these seven entrepreneurs turned their hobbies into full-time jobs—and about the moment they decided to flip that switch.

1. The beer enthusiast

While other sixty-somethings might begin thinking about retirement, at 62, Paul Allen was gearing up to make the biggest career move of his life. Frustrated by the lack of job prospects for an industrial engineer, he decided to step up a longtime hobby: making beer, wine, and mead at home.

“Luckily, my beloved wife [Betsey Dahlberg] was having similar employment issues as a lawyer,” Allen says. Together, they founded Hope Springs Distillery, creating small batches of high-quality alcoholic spirits (vodka, gin, and absinthe so far) in their small town of Lilburn, Georgia.

Allen says his wife’s legal expertise comes in handy in the distillery business, which he refers to as “the most regulated industry on the planet.” Dahlberg handles all legal, business licensing, and reporting tasks, while Allen manages the equipment and production process himself. “We’ve learned to work and play well together,” he says, of having his spouse as a business partner.

Now, five years after launching their business, Allen feels grateful for the change of pace. “It’s all been a hyper, light-speed blur. There’s something incredibly addictive about making a product yourself, [and] watching others buy it and tell you how much they like it.”

And while he hasn’t looked back, he warns against those who might be tempted by the romance of opening their own distillery: “[It’s] definitely not for the faint of heart.”

What you can learn

  • It’s never too late. If you think you’re too old to start a business, think again. Allen proves that it’s never too late in life to make a career pivot, especially when it involves a passion.

  • Ask for help. Starting a business is hard on your own. Enlist friends and family to share their expertise, or as in Allen’s case, consider drafting a loved one to be your business partner.

2. The dog lover

Lazhar Ichir is the founder of Breeding Business, an educational platform for responsible dog breeders.

“As a young boy, I was always surrounded by dogs,” he says, but when he moved to London in adulthood, becoming a dog owner felt out of reach. “How long was I going to stay there? It was hard to make any sort of commitment such as owning a dog.”

Disenchanted with his nine-to-five and seeking a new challenge, Ichir drew from his lifelong passion for dogs, building an online resource to guide breeders through the process. He provides them with free content and some paid upgrades, as well as software for running their businesses.

“While searching for a specific niche I could address, breeding was the one in which I thought I could help the most,” he explained. “I knew ethical breeders already, and there was a lot of work to do with the new generation breeding ‘designer’ dogs.”

But, as is often the case when starting a business, things weren’t always easy for Ichir. “The first year, I was writing a lot of content, outreaching a lot, but nothing came my way,” Ichir says. “I cut my expenses to a minimum since there was not a single dime coming in for a few months.”

Eventually, his hard work paid off, but not without ongoing challenges. “The worst part of running a small business is the solitude,” he says. “We work so hard to build something, and we lack the time to socialize and stay in touch with the people that matter.”

His advice to entrepreneurs is to keep going, work hard, and remain in contact with dear friends. Those are the people you’ll want by your side throughout the highs and lows.

What you can learn

  • Find your niche. Once you’ve committed to building a business from your passion, take a closer look at the industry and identify any gaps. What seems to be missing? How will you serve an existing consumer need?

  • Keep in touch. A good support system is everything. Like Ichir says, the early stages of starting a business can be draining and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Make the journey more bearable with good friends by your side.

3. The crafty cook

For Sara Gotch, the desire to start Gnarly Pepper, her custom spice blend company, went beyond her love for cooking. She also wanted to indulge another passion: travel.

“I decided at sunset at the Sun Cliff Resort in Thailand in 2015,” Gotch recalls of the moment she vowed to quit her job and become her own boss. “Best decision I’ve ever made.”

Once she returned home, the idea for Gnarly Pepper came to her while in the kitchen one day. She loved chicken and tuna salads, but hated how they were always drenched in calorie-laden mayonnaise. Instead, she began to experiment with plain Greek yogurt and spice blends, seeking healthy alternatives for traditional dips and condiments.

In the last year and a half alone, Gotch has taken her spices from three grocery stores to a whopping 26, landing in a total of 43 stores. She’s also gained the interest of a distribution company.

When asked if she had any advice for aspiring or new entrepreneurs, Gotch offered two pointers: say yes to new opportunities, and set mini goals for yourself.

“Climb the mountain or sprint out your frustrations,” she says, “because once you accomplish the mini goals—the larger ones don’t seem as scary.”

What you can learn

  • Always say yes. Gotch credits much of her company’s initial success to her willingness to step beyond her comfort zone. For her, this meant speaking to large crowds and showing up to networking events. “After my first year, a lot of opportunities opened up just by searching, asking, and finding,” she says. “In the long run, people invest in you, not just the product.”

  • Set mini goals. If you’re feeling defeated or tired, remember that starting a business is a huge endeavor. To keep herself motivated and on track, Gotch creates smaller, more manageable benchmarks—which allow her to celebrate even the littlest wins.

4. The family photographer

Jen Allison has been hiding behind cameras since she was a kid, but it took two life-changing experiences for her to actualize a dream of becoming a full-time photographer.

When her father passed away in 2010, she was inspired to quit her job and launch her business, Jen Allison Photography, which specializes in authentic, candid family and brand photos. Years later, her personal mission changed once more, when her son Jack was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease.

“My son basically has what I call a ‘Mighty Heart’ that’s supercharged and can run into a race condition that spikes his heart rate,” Allison explains. “I was inspired to create a branch of my current business that gives back and has much more meaning.”

Through her new initiative, Project Mighty Hearts, Allison documents the experiences of families with children suffering from congenital heart diseases. Now, for every family photography session she sells, she gifts a session to one of these families.

“[One of the] greatest challenges of starting my own business is learning to trust the ebbs and flows of entrepreneurship,” she says. “Sales will come and go, so I need to continue to trust my abilities… and know that the work will come, as long as I continue to stay true to what I believe in.”

What you can learn

  • Be genuine. Authenticity has always been a key component to Allison’s photography. Now, she applies that value to her business strategy, offering this advice to fellow entrepreneurs: “Don’t compare yourself to others. Stay authentic and true, and serve your clients beyond what they are expecting.”

  • Follow your heart. Even more powerful than transitioning a hobby into a full-time job? Finding a way to give back to a cause that’s close to your heart. Allison’s latest initiative has given her company a philanthropic dimension, taking her passion project to another level.

5. The music geek

“Growing up, I was a huge music geek,” said Rob Janicke, founder and co-owner of SoundEvolution Music, an independent record label based in Staten Island, New York.

Janicke pursued a career in sales for 20 years—running his own music blog as a passion project—before starting the label with musician and longtime friend, Mike Pellegrino.  They currently release music on both vinyl and digital formats for independent artists in New York, Chicago, and Montreal.

Why the need for such a major life shift? Janicke cites his unhappiness at work and devotion to his kids.

“I’m a child of divorce, and I viewed work as something you had to do,” he explains. “Liking it wasn’t a requirement.” He vowed to set a different example once he had kids of his own. “I wanted to prove to them that you can follow your dreams and do whatever you like, as long as you believe in yourself and work harder than anyone else.”

Then, three years ago, inspiration struck with the passing of musical icon David Bowie. “That night, I was watching old Bowie clips on YouTube and came across a young, female singer who covered the Bowie classic ‘Life on Mars,’” Janicke says. That singer was Hayley Richman, who became the first of five artists to be signed with SoundEvolution.

Janicke admits that he is still finding his way in the music business, despite being an avid fan and having surrounded himself with musicians for his entire life. “I learn a ton every day,” he says. “I make sure to read, ask questions, and get advice from some mentors I’ve developed along the way.”

What you can learn

  • Start small. If you aren’t sure about taking the plunge to turn your hobby into a business, consider making it your side hustle first. Once Janicke became more invested in his music blog, he could see music as a viable career path.

  • Embrace the unknown. Janicke’s biggest advice for new business owners is to set aside fear and lean into weaknesses. “Understand that you won’t know what you’re doing for a very long time,” he says, “and once you do know what you’re doing, start learning faster because you can never learn too much.”

6. The art collector

Jeremy Larner is the founder and president of JKL Worldwide, a full-service fine arts consultancy that was born out of his hobby and passion for art collecting.

“The inspiration for starting my own business was, quite plainly, I wanted to be my own boss,” Larner says. “I felt that the only real way to have security in an uncertain economy was to take my financial and economic future into my own hands.”

Larner was previously the manager and business partner of Rob Dyrdek, a multi-hyphenate celebrity best known for his professional skateboarding career and reality television work.

“I always loved art and as soon as I could afford it, I started to buy and collect paintings from artists who inspired me,” Larner says. “At first I simply bought what I loved, but once I started to learn about the art market, my purchasing decisions became more investment-driven.”

The now-established consulting firm offers art procurement and investment strategies for clients, but Larner is quick to point out that it took time to build that client list. He spent the first year of his business developing new relationships—which proved to be especially difficult in the art world, where everyone is so interconnected.

“Networking is a powerful way of securing long-term and repeat business,” Larner says. “A small business owner who is genuine, transparent, and personable will go a long way when it comes to networking and fostering professional relationships.”

What you can learn

  • Build a network. In the first few years of his business, Larner focused his efforts on developing relationships in the art world. Not only did this include galleries, dealers, and auction houses, but also financial partners, industry experts, and mentors.

  • Dream big. There’s a reason why Larner named his company JKL Worldwide, not JKL National. Although he was relatively new to the industry, he felt confident in his ability to build a team of experts and offer world-class art consulting services.

7. The television fanatic

Georgette Blau had just moved to the Upper East Side in Manhattan when she discovered her new neighbors: George and Louise “Weezy” Jefferson. (That is, the deluxe apartment where TV sitcom The Jeffersons was filmed in the mid-70s.)

Eager to share the landmark with other pop culture fanatics, Blau formed her company On Location Tours, which now operates 10 television and movie location tours in New York and Boston.

Locals and tourists can now sign up to visit the hot spots of their most beloved fictional characters. On the Sex and the City tour, major highlights include visiting Carrie’s famous brownstone and her favorite bakery. There’s also a When Harry Met Seinfeld tour, which features 40+ iconic locations from TV shows and movies, all filmed uptown.

“The amount of media we have received, both traditional and online, has been amazing,” Blau says of her continued success. It seems her idea has caught on overseas, too. “We were the third TV and movie tour [company] in the world. There are now over 300.”

Blau admits to feeling overwhelmed at first, having a “hobby background” in lieu of traditional business experience. “The biggest challenge was fast growth,” she says, citing 2004 and 2008 as particularly tough years. (Incidentally, both Sex and the City and Friends aired their final episodes in 2004.)

Her advice for new entrepreneurs? Staff up right away—even if that means hiring part-timers or interns at first. “It’s hard developing a business all by yourself!” Now, almost two decades later, Blau has a staff of over 40 employees, 20% of whom are full-time.

“I loved starting a business from my hobby,” she adds, “because after 19 years, I still love it and am still so passionate about it.”

What you can learn

  • Think outside the box. If your hobby doesn’t align with an existing profession, it might be time to get creative. When Blau first launched her tour company, it was one of the first of its kind. Now, she’s paving the way for a whole new generation of television and film junkies.

  • Hire strategically. Or, as Blau more simply puts it, staff up. In the early stages of any business, it’s crucial to have all hands on deck. And while it’s always a good idea to be tactful with your new hires, sometimes headcount is what matters most.

Next steps for making your hobby a career

There isn’t one single path for getting there, or a universal sign to let you know the timing is right—but when you’re ready to transition from enthusiast to entrepreneur, you’ll know. Keep in mind these tips from our seven business owners:

  • Stay authentic to your passion.

  • Find your niche within the industry.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

  • Set big and small goals for yourself.

  • Network, network, network.

Feeling inspired to take your hobby to the next level? Read our complete guide on how to write a business plan, then brush up on the basics of how to secure funding for your future business.

This article originally appeared on JustBusiness, a subsidiary of NerdWallet.

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There are many types of entrepreneurship — from inventing and building prototypes in your basement or garage to side hustles to raising venture capital and developing the latest new software to change the world. One of the fastest-growing is also one that got its name most recently: content entrepreneurship.

Curious? So was I. So, here’s what I’ve learned about what content entrepreneurship is, how it’s different (and similar) to blogging or being an influencer, and how you can make money as a content entrepreneur.

What is content entrepreneurship?

Historically, businesses have provided one of two things: physical goods (either as makers or resellers) or services (accountants, plumbers and virtual assistants, etc).

There are also subcategories of entrepreneurship. First is innovation entrepreneurship, which focuses on developing, implementing or commercializing novel ideas and technologies. Another growing type of entrepreneurship is social entrepreneurship, where leaders build businesses to solve social problems like access to food, money and education.

Now we add a whole new type of entrepreneurship: content entrepreneurship.

The phrase content entrepreneurship was introduced by Joe Pulizzi, who also introduced the term content marketing. A content entrepreneur creates and distributes a blog, podcast, or video series for their audience to generate revenue.

Once they have built an engaged following, content entrepreneurs monetize through several revenue streams, increasing their profitability and growth.

What it means to be a content entrepreneur (vs. influencer or blogger)

On the surface, it’s easy to think that being a content entrepreneur is the same as being a blogger or an influencer. First, let’s look at the similarities.

First, bloggers, influencers and content entrepreneurs all spend the bulk of their time creating content. For bloggers, the content is written, but influencers and content entrepreneurs may also leverage podcasts, video channels and social media platforms to build their reach.

All three types of entrepreneurs sell to their audience to make money. Influencers sell access to their audience through sponsorships — they recommend products and services. Bloggers often monetize their audience using affiliate programs, earning a commission on products they recommend, or through ads that appear on their site, leveraging their traffic to make money.

But there are a few things that all three types of businesses do differently.

The difference between being an influencer and a content entrepreneur has to do with the intent — an influencer does not try to generate revenue through their content; they just want to make money by influencing others. They develop content to connect with their audience. Then they make money through those audiences.

Bloggers are somewhere in between: while a blogger may also have other businesses or jobs and is generating income from that, their blog generates some revenue. Blogging can be done full-time, part-time, at night after children go to bed, during your lunch break, etc.

Content entrepreneurs focus on building a sustainable business and often tie their content to a unique niche brand.

Content entrepreneurs are focused on building a sustainable business. Their content is often tied to a unique niche brand rather than their personal brand.

Inside the business, it also often looks more like a traditional media company than an independent blogger or influencer. They leverage teams to help them build and distribute content in sustainable ways and have repeatable processes for success.

In many cases, content entrepreneurs may have started as bloggers or influencers and then expanded their business operations and processes to grow into content entrepreneurship. In fact, many of the bloggers or influencers you follow now fit the mold of content entrepreneurs.

How content entrepreneurs make money

One of the most significant differences between content entrepreneurs, bloggers and influencers is how they make money. Content entrepreneurship has an entrepreneurial approach to diversifying income streams which can include:

Advertising

Placing ads on a website or in an email newsletter. These ads appear with the content the business would be creating anyway to appeal to their audience. The content entrepreneur can either make money from each placement or based on the ad’s impressions, called a CPM basis in ad sales.

Sponsored content

Creating content from blogs and articles to videos and social media posts paid for and promoting a specific product or service. The content entrepreneur can make money for making the content and may also earn a percentage of sales.

Affiliate programs

Either working directly with brands or through programs like Amazon Associates to promote products and services. The content entrepreneur makes a commission when someone purchases a product using the affiliate link.

Donations and audience sponsorship

With the rise of services like Patreon and Buy Me a Coffee, content entrepreneurs can also earn directly from their audience. A content producer will offer bonus or premium content in exchange for subscriptions or donations.

Consulting and coaching services

When a content entrepreneur becomes a recognized expert in their niche, they can also monetize by offering to work directly with select people or organizations. This work is a premium service and typically is only available to a few people at a time.

Courses and memberships

Experts can also leverage creating courses and memberships to share their knowledge with more people at scale. Courses are offered live or asynchronously. Memberships typically provide a blend of education and community.

Product sales

In some niches, content entrepreneurs develop their own products independently or through a co-branding agreement. These products may be sold directly to their audience, through partners, or through retail businesses.

Licensing rights

From time to time, another company will pay to republish existing content on their site as part of a licensing agreement.

These arrangements are often highly lucrative for content creators, giving them both financial benefits and increased visibility.

Bloggers, influencers and content entrepreneurs can all use any combination of these tactics to generate income from their content. The difference is that content entrepreneurs typically leverage many of these.

Should you be a content entrepreneur?

If you’ve already started building a blog or have a following, you might be wondering if content entrepreneurship is a path you should take. Here are some questions to ask yourself when making this choice:

Is your business a project of passion or a project of opportunity? Content entrepreneurship is more similar to running a media company than a blog that feeds your curiosity.

Either way, it’s important to identify why you’re interested in creating this type of content.

Content entrepreneurship means you’ll be creating content around that topic for a long time.

Do you want to lead a team? To scale, content entrepreneurs often use a team to accelerate their content creation, amplify their messaging, and streamline their operations. To grow the business, you need to be willing and able to lead a team.

Is there a clear audience need? Content entrepreneurs don’t just create content because it’s what they’re passionate about. They’re producing the content to meet the needs of their ideal audience and target customers.

Which monetization paths interest you? Which of them make sense for the niche you’re considering? Successful content entrepreneurs leverage multiple income streams. Before you set a goal of building a content entrepreneurship business, identify which income streams make sense for your niche so you can set goals.

Whether content entrepreneurship is right for you now or a path you want to explore in the future, the business of content entrepreneurship is here to stay.



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A 29-year-old turned her quarantine hobby into a jewelry business beloved by models and a 'Bachelor' star. Here's how she spends her day.

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  • Charlotte Alden is the founder of jewelry company lottie, which she started after losing her job last year.
  • Models and celebrities are already sporting her handmade designs.
  • To Insider, Alden gives a behind-the-scenes look at running a jewelry brand as the category heats up.
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Charlotte Alden was working as an art specialist at an auction house when COVID-19 reached the US and shuttered roughly 200,000 businesses. She lost her job and struggled to find another, so she bought a bead kit on Amazon and launched her own jewelry company in October.

"It's never been more feasible to start an e-commerce company," said Alden, founder of fine jewelry startup lottie, which already counts model Nina Agdal and "The Bachelor's" Hannah Goodwin as fans. Alden crafts all the jewelry, including $150 body chains and $70 bracelets.

Alden is one of 4 million people who started businesses in 2020, a 24% increase from the year prior. What's more, she entered a thriving market: The global jewelry market is growing and expected to reach a value of $292 billion by 2025. Despite just getting started, lottie is on track to book nearly six figures in revenue within the next year and Alden said average monthly revenue has risen 50% year-to-date, according to documents viewed by Insider.

Alden said practicing discipline was vital when turning her hobby into a thriving business. This includes running every morning and going to bed at the same time every night. For Insider, Alden breaks down how she structures her day so she can execute on her ideas and find balance in her life.

She wakes up at 7:30 p.m.

Lottie jewelry
Lottie

After waking up, Alden immediately checks her phone. She responds to unanswered text messages, skims through her email, and checks lottie’s Instagram, which already has 16,000 followers.

“It’s a bad habit, I know,” said Alden, who shuffles between her parents’ house on Martha’s Vineyard, where she keeps her inventory, and her boyfriend’s apartment in Manhattan to save money.

Phone still in hand, she makes herself a double espresso and checks Shopify to see if the company made any new sales since the day before. That wouldn’t be unrealistic for lottie: In the past 90 days, lottie’s web traffic increased by 129%.

Alden is lottie’s sole employee but she’s still able to plan a new collection and collaborations, including ones with significant properties like Palm Beach Historic Inn and Hudson Chatham Winery. 

“lottie’s success and failure is my responsibility,” she said. “But another aspect of maintaining balance is never getting too high, and never getting too low.”

At 9 a.m., she prepares for the workday

Lottie jewelry swimwear collection
Swimsuit collaboration lottie just finished with sustainable swimwear brand Ricki Rum.

Alden puts her phone down to exercise, which helps her maintain a healthy mindset and balanced routine. Then she’ll shower, have breakfast, and ship prepackaged lottie orders from USPS. 

“If I don’t get out the orders first thing, I never end up making it to the post office that day,” she said, noting that she’ll get consumed by her inbox. 

Once she’s home, she begins working on lottie’s social media strategy, using Instagram management app UNUM to plan posts weeks in advance. Around 10 a.m., she’ll start taking phone calls and chatting with suppliers, customers, and potential brand collaborators.

Sourcing materials and planning collaborations take up her afternoon

Lottie collaboration with Break the Love
Lottie collaboration with Break the Love

Alden officially starts her workday around 11 a.m. when she speaks with her manufacturers about sourcing elements for her jewelry. Finding the necessary raw materials is one of Alden’s biggest challenges and she often has to purchase goods from multiple suppliers in order to make one necklace. 

Before breaking for lunch, she meets with a consultant to plan other brand collaborations. In addition to the partnerships with physical properties, Alden is making a tennis bracelet for the Adidas-backed sports company Break the Love. 

Alden is also planning to open lottie pop-up locations this summer. Previous versions were in Brooklyn, Miami, and East Hampton; future ones will be in Manhattan, Palm Beach, and on Martha’s Vineyard.

The remainder of the day is reserved for making jewelry

Jewelry by lottie
Jewelry handmade by Charlotte Alden for lottie

After scarfing down lunch, Alden spends the rest of her day making jewelry. It can take her between five minutes and one hour to make a piece, but the key is keeping her materials neat, she said. 

“Every little bead or crimp can get so expensive,” she said. “It’s important to stay organized and not lose anything.” 

Alden taught herself how to make jewelry through trial and error, learning about semi-precious gemstones and the difference between gold-plated and gold-filled, she said. “There’s a lot more that goes into it besides stringing beads,” she added. 

When she completes a piece, she photographs it for Instagram. She’ll also send press boxes to celebrities, like Charli D’Amelio and Emma Chamberlain, in the hopes that they will share them with their followers.

Getting enough sleep sets the tone for tomorrow

Charlotte Alden
Charlotte Alden

Around 7 p.m., Alden showers, dons her pajamas, and takes her work to the couch. 

Despite the change in scenery, she’ll continue crafting jewelry, making social content, and packaging the orders she’ll send the following morning. 

Even if she’s not tired, she’ll stop working at 10 p.m. and tuck herself into bed. “Getting a good night’s sleep can determine my entire day,” she said.

Then she wakes up and does it all again tomorrow.

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If you are looking for a change of career, becoming an entrepreneur and running your own business could be a great option. 

There are so many reasons to start your own business and before you sign on for the next predictable 9-to-5 job, consider what you could do for yourself to improve your career prospects and your financial prospects by running your own business instead. 

An Exciting Career

Running your own business could be an exciting career choice that leaves you feeling fulfilled with the satisfaction of seeing that your hard work has paid off with success and profit. 

Whether you are into social enterprise, home services, or manufacturing and selling your own products, there are plenty of opportunities to choose from and to be creative in how you build your business. 

Being your own boss offers you the opportunity to work the way you want to work and allows you to take an individual approach to projects and tasks that are important to your business. 

Whether you are a budding engineer eager to start your own business or just looking to make money on the side, this list will help you make your mind up.

You Are Your Own Boss

One of the biggest reasons for becoming self-employed is to be your own boss and thankfully there are lots of options for people who want to be their own boss; being an entrepreneur nowadays is easier than ever. 

There are a lot of options available for people who want to be their own boss, such as running a simple blog, start-up, or even service business such as coaching or becoming a lawyer and running your own practice. 

No matter what you do, the opportunity is yours to grab and to make a success of. 

With the right amount of determination and enthusiasm coupled with a decent idea, almost anyone can find success in being their own boss.

Time Freedom

Having the option of working from home and having some time freedom is another plus side to being your own boss – whether you work all week or not at all, the choice is yours. 

Running your own business can also allow you to take time off for holidays, short breaks, or even time out to rest and recuperate from the hectic lifestyle of modern-day life.

Work-Life Balance

By choosing to become self-employed, you can establish a much better work-life balance. 

By being your own boss, you can allocate time for yourself when you want to spend time with friends and family or take part in hobbies or interests that you would not have had the chance to do if working for someone else.

Multiple Income Streams

As an entrepreneur, you have the opportunity of having multiple different income streams that can create a healthy balance in your bank account. 

Multitasking is encouraged as a self-employed business owner; you have multiple ways of earning money from your business according to what works for you and your business. 

This helps to create a much healthier lifestyle and a more comfortable financial situation.

Being your own boss offers you the freedom to dedicate time to what really matters to you such as professional development, education, hobbies and family. 

You Could Have A Flexible Schedule

If you are a busy person, running your own business could be the answer to having a flexible schedule. With offices or workstations being less visible than before, there is now more flexibility. 

Your company could be located in a different part of the country than where you live, and you could still have the opportunity to work from home as long as your Internet connectivity is sufficient.

Thanks to the global health pandemic, working remotely is becoming a more regular option with companies becoming used to staff working from home or anywhere else they have an Internet connection.

Flexible working hours are becoming the norm and flexibility is prized above all else when it comes to employees who want a successful career, and there is no reason why you should not take advantage of that mindset change as an entrepreneur.

Working With Like-Minded People

Working from home can sometimes feel isolating, and it is great to be able to work with like-minded people when you are self-employed. 

Even if you hire employees to work for you, a workplace of like-minded entrepreneurs and self-starters is always a positive experience. Working with like-minded people will always inspire you to new heights and encourage your creativity.

If you are running solo in your career, collaborating with others or joining a coworking environment is a great way to improve your work productivity while meeting others who have a similar situation to you.

You Are Your Own Supervisor

Being your own boss means that no one else can tell you what to do or when to do it. You are your own supervisor and have complete control over how your business works, what direction it takes, and when things get done.

Running your own business means that you are in charge. No one else is in charge of telling you how to do things and how long things need to take.

One of the most rewarding careers is one that gives you the opportunity to take control of your own destiny and work in a position where you are able to work for yourself, set your own hours, and have the flexibility to work.

You Have More Freedom to be Creative

In a corporate job, it can sometimes feel like you are just a small cog in the machinery that is your company. 

Creative freedom is something that is not really present in many corporate jobs, but being able to decide how you run your business is a massive opportunity for an entrepreneur who wants creative freedom.

With the freedom to be creative and make yourself stand out from the crowd, being self-employed can open up a huge number of doors for you.

Having A Job That Fits With Your Values

Many people are choosing to go into business for themselves because they want the freedom to do what they love and make a difference in the world. Many want to have a job that reflects their values and being self-employed means you are not limited to one company or job description.

Being able to reflect your values into your work is a great way of making sure that you never have a boring day at work, it is something that will pay you back ten times over in terms of satisfaction.

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