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Perks of Being Self-Employed: Why to choose it?

by Anneke Steenkamp on January 27, 2015

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Guest Post by Anshuman Kukreti

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison

It’s all about the freedom you enjoy

Since your childhood you’ve been advised to study sincerely, get good grades, secure a job and work hard like your boss to live life comfortably. But, they didn’t tell that you’ll be spending the majority of your time working on someone else’s terms, being afraid to even take a day-off and cry relentlessly for a pay hike.

Not to speak ill of it, but amidst all this endless hustle, one starts exploring other avenues as well!

So, what is the plan B going on in your mind?

The discussion to follow will walk you through some significant reasons to consider being self-employed rather than working under someone else. Simply put, why self-employment is awesome!

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I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Gretchen Rubin and her novels, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home – but she classifies people in four categories of tendencies when it comes to their approach on internal and external expectations. I’m not going to go into too much detail with regard to her theories – but if you are into human behaviour and doing some life-hacking this is definitely something you should check out. These are the basic characteristics of each type – and this is relevant to every person since it will not only explain our actions but our habits in general. Some of us are influenced mostly by external motivations and some of us will follow every single internal rule or expectation that we’ve set for ourselves.

In a nutshell Gretchen shares the following on her website:

Upholders – They respond readily to outer and inner expectations

Questioners – They question all expectations, they’ll meet an expectation if they think it makes sense – essentially they make all expectations into inner expectations.

Rebels – They resist all expectations, outer and inner alike.

Obligers - They meet outer expectations, but struggle to meet expectations they impose on themselves.

If you are wondering how this relates to pleasing yourself and/or others – I’m an obliger. Realistically I’m not supposed to really work for myself or be a self-starter since I would probably be just as fine with helping someone else reach their goal.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m super stoked about being a obliger – and if you know in which category you fall, you can use this to your advantage. In my case I’ve come to understand why I’m so excited about doing job search for a friend, or find whatever the people around me are looking for.

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