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Sunny-Side Up: The Advantages of Starting Your Own Business

Starting a business can be challenging and risky, but more than 600,000 new businesses are founded on an annual basis. Many people decide to take the leap, tap into their assets, and start their own business because of the advantages of owning your own business. Here are some of the advantages of being a business owner that you should keep in mind as you weigh the pros and cons.

  • You’re in Control

    Business is all about taking risks. When you are the business owner, you decide which calculated risks you are willing to take and which are too big. As the owner and decision maker, you have the power to control all decisions and thus receive the benefits from them. Employees rarely benefit when the company takes advantage of good opportunities.

  • You can Enjoy Work and its Challenges

    Once the newness of working for a corporation wears off, it is easy to lose your passion. As an entrepreneur, you may have to invest long hours in the office, but the time you spend will not feel like work if you are passionate about your business. As you work, you can challenge yourself to be creative and try something new, while also spending time doing what you love. Instead of performing the same mundane tasks every day that you report to the office, you can take on a new project or learn something about a core area of business that you need to know.

  • You Choose Who You Work With

    The effectiveness of your business is dependent on the people that work together. As an employee, you have little say over who you work with and it can be difficult to feel comfortable reporting individuals you don’t enjoy working with. As a business owner, you have the say in who you work with. It’s up to you to choose a team of people with the required skills and cohesive personalities.

Starting and running your own business isn’t always easy, but it can have major advantages that make the hard work worthwhile. If you feel the drive to be in charge of a business and don’t mind working to achieve the benefits, then this could be the right path for you.

Last Updated: February 11, 2016