Being an Employee
If you hate your job, you simply HAVE to do something about it. On average, you spend at least a third of your life at work and when you consider that you probably spend another third sleeping, you suddenly come to the realisation that half of your ‘awake time’ is spent doing something you HAVE to do to survive; why not make that time the best in can be? Don’t be that person that says “I hate my job”.
In my last blog, I wrote about starting your own business because it’s what I’ve did and I am now in a position to pass on my own experiences. At the same time, I totally appreciate that it’s not for everyone, and this might be the reason why:
I did some digging around for statistics (I love a good stat!) and here’s what I found:
50% of businesses fail within the first year
8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months
96% of business fail within 10 years
Those are some scary stats. They make me feel uncomfortable, that’s for sure and I can totally understand that for the vast majority of people, they represent too big a risk… especially if you have a job already that you’re relatively happy in. I’ve not even made it passed 18 months yet!
There’s nothing wrong with being an employee, nothing whatsoever; especially if you read those stats above. The responsibility and pressure of running your own company can be immense. Having to chase people for money if they’ve not settled your invoice yet (no one likes doing that) and making sure you have the money in the first place to pay staff, who’s lives (and mortgages!) rely on you; it’s all pretty scary stuff and it isn’t for everyone.
Do you ‘hate your job’ enough?
Many moons ago, I was that person that said “I hate my job”. I have also had other people say to me “I hate my job”. Ultimately though, we all have a certain amount of control over this aspect of our lives, so when someone says that phrase to me, I think, “well, do something about it then”. Change your job or go and work for yourself. Good people will get hired, no matter what state the economy is in.
The other side of the coin
Obviously, I am in the mindset of working for myself, and I honestly don’t see that changing any time soon. But I have seen the complete opposite thing written about on Facebook recently. Someone I know has written about the one year celebration since they closed their business down. It was clearly the right thing for them to do. He is jubilant, elated and feeling a lot less pressure than he was this time, twelve months ago.
Work to Live ‘or’ Live to Work
I’m very firmly in the ‘Work to Live’ category. But the work that I’m involved in (social media mainly) to me is all about transparency; and I’m happy to share what is going on in my life, both professionally and personally. My Snapchat stories cover both professional advice and personal updates as does my Twitter, Facebook and pretty much every other site I use too; that’s how I roll(!)
Why do I work for myself if it’s such a big risk?
Well ultimately, I have control – I decide what I do and that feels pretty good. However, with that comes the burden of making the ‘right’ decisions and working bloody hard too. For example… Tonight, after I take Mrs Young dancing, I will be going back to work.
In my first year of business, I played golf at least once a month. I also went on a two-day golf trip in the UK and a five-day golf trip to Portugal. This year, I will not be playing golf. I need to grow my business to the point where going on a golf trip of any kind, is something I have earned; not something I already feel I’m entitled to just because I can make the time for it.
In my life, my goal is to simply enjoy it and have a good time with those around me. I have to make that happen and to make that happen I have to earn a living (my dad didn’t invent the cat’s eye unfortunately!) and there are numerous ways of doing that. If you hear yourself saying “I hate my job”, then be bold, make that change but remember…
96% of businesses fail within 10 years – what’s to say that’s not going to be the business that you work for now? Go for it!