The Internet is full of entrepreneur-types and self-employment pushers. And they all claim that working for yourself is the ‘BEST THING EVER’. And while it may indeed be the best thing ever for certain people, it’s definitely not the right choice for me.
I love my job. While I complain about the little, everyday annoyances just like everyone else, overall, I really do love my having a full-time job. It just works for me. My personality type is just not suited to be a self-employed entrepreneur. At least not at this point in my life. Here’s what I love about having an employer.
- My Boss. This wasn’t always the case, but I can say with 100% certainty that I frickin’ love my boss. Not so long ago (in my last position!), I remember scouring the job pages literally every day looking for a new job. When an old co-worker came to me this week to ask about some openings in my office, I realized I haven’t looked for a new job since I started my job 18 months ago! And then it dawned on me that it’s partly because I love my boss. And I know now that that truly can make all the difference in your happiness at work. A bad boss can make you feel bad about yourself and dread coming to work every day — I know this feeling all too well coming from my last position. I work so well with my current supervisor. It seems like every time we work together, I walk away thinking ‘she is awesome!’. It makes coming to work that much better. (And, no, I’m not writing all this in case my employer were to come across this article … I really do love my supervisor.)
- Maternity Leave. I would be terrified of having a baby while self-employed. How can you stop running your business for 3+ months to care for your baby and expect to come back to the same level of earnings? And if you did take time off, I assume most self-employed people probably do work at least a little bit during their leave. I would hate that feeling. And I would feel like I was failing at both of my jobs — being an entrepreneur and a mommy. I like being able to take 3+ months
off to focus completely on my newborn and not worry about work during that time.
- My co-workers. I’ve built great friendships with people I probably would have never talked to through my job. Some of my best friends I’ve met at work! I like being able to take a break at work and chat with my work husband/wife. Plus, we have some great office parties.
- Flexibility with time off. Depending on your job, you may have a lot of vacation/personal time that you can take off. Plus paid national holidays are a major perk! My job’s vacation policy is very generous, especially with seniority, so I have quite a bit of time I can take off throughout the year.
- Putting work away at 5pm. Quite possibly the biggest perk of working for someone else is being able to completely forget about work the second you walk out the door. My time away from work is MY time and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Structure. Call my crazy but I love the structure of having a full-time job. I know some people crave being able to work whenever and wherever they want, but I feel like that would get very unhealthy for me. And structure is so important for kids, too! I can’t tell you how many things I’ve read that emphasize a regular and structured schedule for kids. I think it’s good to show my son that we are working every day and helping him build healthy habits. Of course, I am lucky to be in a job that gives me the flexibility to take time off to be a mom, too!
It seems like everyone lately wants to join the ranks of the self-employed. But, it’s just not the right fit for everyone — myself included! I love working for the man and I know several of my friends do as well, as well. It’s all about your attitude and how you look at the situation.
If you’re employed, what do you like about working for your employer?