Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better. Waking up each morning knowing you are getting to do exactly what you love is more than most people could ever say about any “job” they have had.
Although there are days when tossing in your hat seems like a viable option, remembering how much you love your “job” can quickly snap an entrepreneur out of that mentality. Business owners utilize many tools to help their overall emotional wellness, and all have different reasons why they love their business. It might be the products or the customers they deal with, or it could even be the fact that they are the ones in charge of it all. The reasons are as varied as the businesses themselves.
We asked some entrepreneurs and business owners what they loved about “being their own boss," and here is what they have to say:
#1. Can Never Be Bored
"What I love about being an entrepreneur is that I can never be bored. There is always something to do, and there are always challenges that help me learn and grow. The job I do every day isn't repetitive because each day is different. I also love that I can call the shots. I can work with people I choose to work with. The people you work with play a big role in your business's success so, it's important to work with people with whom you get along and share the same drive and vision as yours. It's hard to work with people who don't deliver or whom you don't like."
Thanks to Lauri Kinkar, Messente.
#2. The Exciting Process Of Finding Problems To Solve
"The journey and process of being an entrepreneur are rewarding and what I love. The exciting processing of finding problems to solve or to improve on an existing product or service. Then going through the building process, solving problem after problem until a solution is found, finding creative ways to market the solution and then the payoff. It's not for everyone, but the entrepreneur's life is dynamic and full of problems to solve which makes everyday interesting and exciting."
Thanks to Jae Jun, FBA Calculator
#3. The Need To Learn And Improve My Skills
"Being an entrepreneur deeply satisfies my constant need to learn and improve my skills across all areas of business. It allows me to work on big problems while maintaining control over my own destiny, ie. the more work I put in, the more I'll get out at the end. Hopefully! And hand to heart, being an entrepreneur is also about the potential upsides: while it can be quite risky, having no ceiling on my earning potential is very appealing to me."
Thanks to Martin Luenendonk, FounderJar
#4. Being Able To Help People
"The best thing about being an entrepreneur is being able to help people. When I provide a service to my clients, it helps knowing that I have spread the word about my clients' company, therefore helping their business come to life. Once I have helped them spread the word through social media marketing, it feels good to be able to provide a service to these people. When they thank me for helping them it really helps knowing that, with my help, they've been able to follow their passions."
Thanks to Harrison Tanner Baron, Growth Generators.
#5. I Love Being In Charge Of My Own Destiny
"Once I quit my job and started my own business, I realized I would never go back. I love being in charge of my own destiny, choosing the clients I want to work with, and even enjoying the challenges that business brings. I now work with small business owners, who are the backbone of the economy, and I love helping them to grow their businesses in turn."
Thanks to Farhan Advani, Buy Here Pay Here
#6. Total Control Of My Life
"As a business owner, you have many different tasks to take care of for success. However, being your own boss enables people like me who work from home or start their own ventures without much capital because we can do all these things ourselves! In addition, it gives us total control over our lives which means that nothing will hold back progress if we want something done differently than what has been tried before-and usually ends up working better anyway."
Thanks to Andrew Drow, Wiringo.
#7. The Sense Of Freedom And Control Over Finances
"What I love about being an entrepreneur is the sense of freedom and control you have over your finances. You aren’t liable to anyone but yourself and that deeply empowers me. Another thing that I would like to add is that it helps boost one’s growth as well. Being an entrepreneur makes it harder to rely on other people since you are accountable only for yourself so it’s kind of a double-edged sword as well. You are forced to grow, forced to make your own connections, and you are forced to choose between success and failure."
Thanks to Erik Pham, Healthcanal.
#8. Your Leadership Traits Are Put To Test
"What I love about being an entrepreneur is that my leadership traits are put to the test: This isn’t always a bad thing. Entrepreneurship makes you dig deep into yourself and discover things you didn’t know you were capable of, leadership being one of them. And if you’re dedicated enough, there’s no other way but up."
Thanks to Jack Miller, How I Get Rid Of.
#9. Entrepreneurship Is About Freedom
"I love the freedom that entrepreneurship gives me. No doubt becoming an entrepreneur means a lot of sleepless nights, high risk, and boundless uncertainty, but it also gives me wonderful freedom. You become less worried about working certain hours and instead focus on the project at hand. If I have to attend an event, I’m there. It doesn’t matter the day or time, because as an entrepreneur, I make my own schedule."
Thanks to John Webster, Clooms.
#10. Being Your Own Boss
"I love to be an entrepreneur because of my desire to be my own boss and having the ability to set my own rules. There are many benefits to this. Being my own boss provides me with the flexibility to set my own hours and make my own schedule. Being my own boss gives me full creative control. While this is an immense responsibility, seeing my dreams go from ideas on paper to a successful business is worth it."
Thanks to David Elena, Livewireleads.
#11. Gives Me The Opportunity To Be Self Organized
"The best part about being an entrepreneur is being Self Organized. As an entrepreneur, I have a lot of significant jobs to perform on time with great precision to see the desired success. The most common jobs include strategy, planning, implementation, production, management, marketing, and analysis. This makes me very self-organized while performing each of these jobs since every job has its own priority to be performed."
Thanks to Daniel Cabrera, SellMyHouseFastsatx
#12. Allows Me To Stand Up For What I Believe In
"Being an entrepreneur allows me to stand up for what I believe in. I can affect change in people’s thoughts when it comes to business. With all the different franchise opportunities my company offers, people can finally see that starting a business from scratch is not always necessary. A franchise can be a network of creativity."
Thanks to Rune Sovndahl, Fantastic Services.
#13. Every Day Different Challenge
"When it comes to talking about my entrepreneurial journey and what it's like being able to start and nurture my own venture, it has been really fantastic.
And what is life like now? It is EDDC - Every Day Different Challenge - in a nutshell, the life of an entrepreneur and that is what I look forward to when I wake up."
Thanks to Seshu Madabushi, mKonnekt.
#14. The Ability To Craft Opportunities For Myself And Others
"What I absolutely love about being an entrepreneur is that I can craft opportunities for myself and other people regardless of where I am and what I have at the moment. I started my first business with less than $100 and it led me to run a high-grossing SaaS platform. If you think about becoming an entrepreneur, don’t forget that you are an owner of your environment, time, and resources. It’s great and a bit overwhelming at the same time but gives you more benefits than drawbacks in the long run."
Thanks to Dmytro Serheeiv, PDFLiner.
#15. Not Depending On One Job
"As a webzine owner and working a full-time job at the same time, I feel the best thing about this is that I don't have to depend entirely on one job. In the sense that I feel I do the job not because my life depends on it but because I actually like it. That feeling of freedom makes everything so much lighter.
Thanks to Bandame Lyndem, Webzine Neotakus.
#16. Entrepreneurship Is Exciting
"Exciting. That's my one word for defining the future of entrepreneurship. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's that if you want to start your own business you can. You can work from home and try to live your life as lean as possible. If anyone wants to start a business, half of what it takes has already been self-taught to them because of COVID 19. My favorite part is you have your own schedule. But like anything else, the grass is always greener on the other side - without having a salary to take home, when you are an entrepreneur, if your company doesn't make money, neither do you. And if your company makes money, you can make whatever you want."
Thanks to Oscar Hedaya, SPACE.
#17. Having The Flexibility To Work Online
"My favorite thing about being an entrepreneur is having the flexibility to work online from anywhere in the world. This has allowed me to get out and explore more of our planet, which has helped spark creativity and new ideas to implement into my business. I've also been able to work in countries with much lower costs of living than the USA, so I've been able to save money while running and growing my business.”
Thanks to Ray Blakney, Podcast Hawk.
#18. My Future Career Holds Unlimited Possibilities
"I first started out as an entrepreneur because nobody was offering the kind of services combined with customer service that I wanted to. This has, without a doubt, been the best decision that I’ve ever made and the thing I love most is that my future career holds unlimited possibilities. When working for a company or corporation, you’re very much limited by somebody else’s vision and, so, I love the fact that the direction of my business and my future is entirely in my own hands - meaning that the sky's the limit. I am absolutely open to a link exchange."
Thanks to Milosz Krasinski, Chillifruit.
#19. Getting The Chance To See A Business I Created Grow And Expand
“What I love most about being an entrepreneur is getting the chance to see a business I created to grow and expand thanks to my decisions. Seeing how each of my decisions affects a business I helm brings me satisfaction on a greater level than working on a project for someone else's idea. I'm also afforded the luxury of being able to select which people I work with on a daily basis, which is a level of freedom I value greatly.”
Thanks to Sacha Ferrandi, Source Capital.
#20. Enabling My Clients To Earn More Money
"For six years, I have owned a successful coaching business. In my day to day, I help coaches, consultants and freelancers confidently charge more and know their worth. I love working in the coaching industry as I'm able to transform both lives and businesses simultaneously.
Through my practice, I have enabled my clients to earn more money and free up capacity, which has allowed them to make time for the things in life that truly matter. I'd take it over an office job any day!
For example, one of my clients, a husband and wife partnership, saved up and got married, moved out of rented and bought their first house. Rich has since been able to rent an office in town and his wife was able to give up her public sector job to work full time in the business. We’ve even had several Fearless babies and numerous Fearless clients are now published authors.
The growth in our clients' businesses provides them with opportunities we often can’t predict."
Thanks to Robin Waite, Fearless Business.
#21. Entrepreneurship Means Service
"I love being an entrepreneur because my service empowers my clients to get closer and closer to their professional and business goals. I am motivated by the fact that I can use my people skills, expertise, and connections to help others and make a real difference in their lives.
From the demand side (employers), finally getting a qualified candidate for hard-to-fill roles directly and positively impacts their business bottom line. If I can use my expertise and leverage my network to help a business thrive in a viciously competitive talent market, I have accomplished my life purpose.
On the supply side (candidates), linking them to relevant career opportunities that allow them to create, use their talents, make meaning of their lives, thrive, and earn a living, is my greatest source of inspiration. "
Thanks to Paul French, Intrinsic Search.
#22. The Satisfaction Of Having My Invention Be So Effective At Minimizing GER
"What I love about being an entrepreneur is the satisfaction of having my invention be so effective at minimizing GER (gastroesophageal reflux) and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) symptoms in infants, an issue that has plagued this population since the beginning of time. GER is incredibly painful for any patient, yet infants endure the agonizing experience for months. GER symptoms include vomiting, poor weight gain, dysphagia, esophagitis, abdominal pain, and hours of inconsolable crying, also known as colic. The recurrence of GER leads to GERD. GERD shows evidence of irritation to internal organs due to constant acid regurgitation, cough, laryngitis, and wheezing (stridor)."
Thanks to Priska Diaz, BittyLab.
#23. Entrepreneurship Isn't About Taking The Easy Route
"Being an entrepreneur isn't always glamorous, in fact many people overlook the cumbersome hours, the late-nights, and the emergency calls. And perhaps, that is what makes being an entrepreneur so great. It isn't the glamour, the fame, or the wealth, but it is the effort involved to reach those heights and more that make entrepreneurship and owning your own business so tantalizing."
Thanks to Steven Duncan, Ball Are Life.
#24. The Ability To Delegate All The Complicated Technical Stuff To Freelancers
"I founded an online startup in my late 40s and it was the best thing I did in life. I started working without any experience in online business and ended up with over 200K readers and passive income that allowed me to retire in 52. How can I not love being an entrepreneur? The best thing about managing a small online business is that you can delegate all the complicated technical stuff to freelancers from other countries and save up large amounts of money on office space, equipment, salaries, and taxes."
Thanks to Nicholas Martin, Pest Control Hacks.
#25. Getting To Work With People That I Like
"The aspect I love the most about being an entrepreneur is getting to work with people that I like, admire, and that I find inspirational. I have hand-picked every single member of my team, and other than being superbly qualified, I hired them because we shared the same values and ethos. These are individuals I trust with my business every day, and it helps that they are people that I can form positive working relationships with. Moreover, as an entrepreneur, I get to choose my suppliers, which allows me to find the partners that I know will be a good fit for me and my business."
Thanks to Patrick Crane, Love Sew.
#26. Entrepreneurship Gives Me The Opportunity To Build My Dream
“No matter what I do, I give it my all – it’s just the type of person I am. What I love most about being an entrepreneur is knowing that my time, energy, and effort go toward building my dream, not someone else’s. I made it my mission to create a posture support that is comfortable, effective, and attractive— like a gentle embrace."
Thanks to Olivia Chou, BagManufacturer.
#27. I Get To Choose How I Go About Achieving Results
"I’ve founded two companies, one of which is still up and running. I love being an entrepreneur because I get to choose how I go about achieving results, experiment with new approaches, and broaden my experiences. Before that, I was in a position in which I couldn’t do more than cookie-cutter designs. I really don’t want to go with the “I was destined for greater things” cliche, but imagine being able to play the saxophone but being told to play Old MacDonald had a farm until you are promoted to an influential position after a decade. And you are competing against others for that position only because you can play that one song."
Thanks to Leslie Gilmour, ServisBOT.
#28. I Can Narrow Down All Of The Things I Love Into Two Aspects
"Since I have become a CEO, my reasons for it have drastically changed and improved. After 11 years of entrepreneurship, I can narrow down all of the things I love into two aspects. The ability to never stop dreaming is the first, when I worked for a corporation I could dream all I want but I would be hindered by higher-ups or budgets. Now that I'm my own boss, I can dream all I want and if there isn't a budget I can find a way to make it happen.
The second is the ability to change lives and transform people. As a leader in my business, people are always looking up to me and I have the unique position to be able to coach them as an employee and many times as an individual. My team looks up to me greatly and comes to me for life advice often as I am always willing to look out for them.'
Thanks to James P Smith, Phonesites.
#29. The Endless Opportunities Available
"What I most love about being an entrepreneur are the endless opportunities available. There are truly no limits - what I dream of I can achieve as long as I work hard and hire the right support team."
Thanks to Heather Vickery, Vickery and Co.
#30. Opportunity To Learn Everyday
"Being an entrepreneur is learning every day. And I love that learning. I love learning about my market, the product, the competition, the team, all of it. I love getting better at what I'm doing and being better at it. I love that I have control over my time - whether that be control over when I work or when I enjoy a vacation or when I answer emails or when I meet with our team. Entrepreneurship is not without its share of stressors - dealing with investors or fighting fires internally or competition externally - but it's so worth all of that because of the freedom to do what you want to do every day and learn whatever you want to learn."
Thanks to Austin Dowse, Aimvein.
#31. The Opportunity To Work On Things I Am Passionate About
"I love being an entrepreneur because I am able to work on things that I am passionate about. The joy of seeing a client's dream come true due to my hard work makes being an entrepreneur worthwhile. It is a great feeling to be able to spend time with my family and practice self-care so I am always at my best for myself, those around me, and of course clients. Being an entrepreneur is amazing."
Thanks to Chandra Gore, Chandra Gore Consulting.
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