After twenty years of being self-employed, even the idea of my ever again working for someone else is about as unrealistic as the idea of my turning out some time to once again play front row forward in a rugby team. Not that I expect anyone to ask: just that I have zero interest in the idea.
Maybe Ross Dawson is young and fit enough to lace on a pair of boots and take to a rugby field, but he is clearly no more interested than I am in working again for someone else.
For anyone thinking about making the move into working for themselves, or anyone already self-employed and needing a bit of a nudge to remember why they wanted to work for themselves and why it might still make good sense, I recommend reading Ross’s post The joy of self-employment: 7 reasons to love being your own boss.
Like most or all of us who’ve made the move, Ross hasn’t always found it easy, but he clearly relishes the way of life.
I like and relate to all of Ross’s seven reasons. Number seven in particular resonated for me:
I work to create results, not to impress others. The majority of employed people of all levels of seniority play political games, striving to be seen or to be liked by the right people, working in environments where perceptions very often trump capability and outcomes.
Ross acknowledges that for some people, being employed works well.
Just not for him. Or me.