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My 3rd novel wasn’t meant to be a sequel to the 2nd novel in the first place. Then something happened. Characters began to beg to be included in the story. Thus, a sequel was born.

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Why Become Self-Employed?

Submitted by on December 17, 2009 – 08:4113 Comments

Everyone can be self-employed. It’s just a matter of choice. Some prefer to work for others so that they don’t have to worry about where the next big cheque will come from as fuel to their financial lifestyle; while others simply choose to live instead of being slave to their jobs. And one of the ways to be in control of your career is to be self-employed.

Being your own boss is not as easy as it seems. In fact, you tend to work harder when you work for yourself; but at least you are happier working harder for your worth. Not many people are bold enough to take the step out of their comfort zone to do the things they love. Some just need a pinch of encouragement and support to do so. And here are some reasons why they should take the leap of faith and be self-employed.

No more traffic jams.
Instead of spending two to three hours on the road to get to-and-fro work, you can now spend the extra hours catching up on sleep and doing the things you love such as morning jogging, reading the newspapers, reading books, picnic at the park, etc. Not only that, no more rush-hour means no more heartache behind the wheels. When you curse less, you smile more. The happier you are, the more productive you would be, the better it is for your working career. (And you save on petrol money!!)

No more heels and lipstick (or necktie and belts for the guys).
Some people really love being in their ironed suits and four-inch high stilettos (unlike me who prefer my t-shirts and shorts and slippers). Being self-employed, you get to choose what YOU want to wear instead of following the company’s dress code. It could be t-shirts on Mondays, shorts on Tuesdays, jeans on Wednesdays or Pjs everyday! Of course, just make sure you don’t meet your client in your Pjs or singlets.

No more reporting/hierarchy.
You are the boss! Who else is there to consult when decisions needed to be made and approvals are required? You are on your own. You get to decide, you get to approve, you get to be in control. If you make good use of this power, you might be able to achieve much more in your work. I know I do better when I am in control, because I get to decide on something and be responsible of it, and just strive on in one direction.

No more meetings.
Believe me, most meetings held in companies are nothing but a waste of time. I’ve been in countless meetings where people sit down and talk about the problems over and over again before walking out of the room without a conclusion. And then they meet the next time to talk about the same thing again! It’s amazing the amount of time they spend trying to please everyone when each of them just wants to do things their way. And poor secretary who takes minutes for meetings like this. As the boss, you decide if a meeting is necessary and you are in control of it.

No more office politics.
Unless you are planning to role-play and pretend you have another invisible colleague, there will be no one else to stab you at the back or take credit for your hard work. You will be recognised for what you do and what you have done. And you are responsible for yourself. No pointing fingers now. Time to accept the person you are and plunge head-on.

These are only some of the reasons why everyone should be self-employed. However, it is not something that everyone wants. So think deeply before you take the step. And when you do, don’t ever look back. Just march on and take the world. There is no limit to how much you can achieve but the limit which you have pre-set for yourself.

Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2009

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