If you Had the Choice to Work for “the Man” or yourself, what would it be?

The difference working in an office compared to working for yourself

When we graduate we are not told to create something we are told to go and find a job.

What a pity!

Because a job gives us security, food, home and holiday.

Everybody does it! I’ve got to buy a house and pay the bills. I’ve got to have a car too. Family one day. A dog or cat! The list continues…. We are essentially told to be the same as everybody else. The pressure continues not only for women but for men too. Women have to have careers and babies and men have to have careers and earn enough money to buy houses and women.

I went to an art school so everyone was an individual although after school all of us had no choice but go to a University that teaches further art. So little choice for further education, however, a choice, right? I ended up working in a corporate world for nearly ten years. Art and business? How on earth does that come about, right? Life is cool like that it gives you options and all you have to do is make a choice.

Anyone can work in a corporate world but not anyone can survive it.

I quit the world of 9–5 a few years ago. If you ask me how is it not working in the corporate world; do I have any regrets; do I feel left out; and so on… I have no regrets not a single one. It feels like it almost wasn’t me those few years ago working for the man. I feel free to make own decisions on how I want things to go. I have a lot more responsibility on everything I do.

I used to live in a bubble and thank god it popped.

Now, I work for myself or rather for myself and my husband. We believe we are creating something of our own. My husband and I are building a better tomorrow not only for us but others too. There are a few differences working for yourself in comparison to working for others.

I get a lot more time back

Two hours a day working on my business is like eight hours in an office. An office environment is a super destructive place to work in. There’s phones, open spaces, meetings and lots of chat to do things. There’s very little time to actually do things. There are some office conflicts too that takes up so much of your time.

Some managers have unexplained expectations of people. Human Recourses courses that no one is interested in and we are all legally obliged to do it. I use that training nowhere because it’s got nothing to do with my job. What a time waste! Don’t get me wrong for some office is space is good but not for me.

Being your own boss

Being a boss is cool but you have a lot more responsibility. If you don’t do something it’s visible and you are responsible for it. There’s no-one to blame but yourself. If I do something I can see almost immediate results. The rewards at first are small and barely noticeable in terms of revenue.

The key here is taking these tiny little steps that seems meaningless continuously every day. The stuff needs to get done the ones you don’t like and the ones you like. It’s not an easy day to say the least and it’s not for everyone. Self discipline is key. However, it’s not hard to self-discipline yourself when I depend on it.

One man’s journey

While you are on your own creating your business it’s daunting. Most of the time I don’t know what I am doing. I don’t even know if it will work. I don’t know if it’s the right or the wrong way of doing things. I am guessing most of the time and I am on my own. You don’t have a coffee break with your colleague to chat about this or that.

All you have is yourself. If you do find someone who will listen to your business “problems” they won’t get it and tell you to find a normal job. What’s better working for the man or yourself? You decide. Everyone is individual and have their preferences. In my humble opinion, there’s more to life than working for the man that doesn’t know my name.

However, 9–5 does have its uses and it’s great it exists! Not everyone can be their own bosses it’s a lonely journey. We are here for a short period of time and we here to give and learn not to take. Whatever works for you as long as you give more than you take.

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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