Today is Thanksgiving here in the US, and on this day of expressing our gratitude, I wanted to share a few reasons why I’m so grateful for being an entrepreneur.
I could easily write out a list of 100 reasons why I love being an entrepreneur. Choosing to quit my corporate gig to do my own thing has been life-changing for me. I love this life and I don’t think I could ever go back to working for someone else.
For wherever you are on your entrepreneurial journey, I hope you eventually feel this grateful about it too. On this Thanksgiving Day, here are ten reasons why I’m so grateful for being an entrepreneur.
1. I can work from anywhere. I’m not tied to an office or even a geographic location. This, of course, depends on what kind of entrepreneur you decide to be. I have chosen to work “location independent”, meaning I can really work from anywhere as long as I have my laptop and a good Internet connection.
2. I get to make my own schedule. My time is my own and only I get to decide what I do with it. I’m most productive early in the day so I choose to block out time in the mornings to get my creative work done like writing blog posts and working on client projects. I only schedule meetings and calls in the afternoons. I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do this if I worked for someone else. They would most likely make my schedule for me.
3. I get to be as creative as I want to be. I’m a naturally creative person and being told what to do all day, every day for years and years was not a lot of fun for me. As an entrepreneur, I can be as creative as I like with my business. If I want to start a podcast, I can do that. If I decide I want to start teaching branding and marketing at the local University, I can do that too.
4. I get to do work that fulfills me. This is a big one for me. I get to do work that truly helps people to become more successful entrepreneurs, and that is so fulfilling. I never felt that way at my corporate job. I never felt like I was really helping anyone. I just always felt like I was another cog in the machine.
5. I get to choose who I work with. As an entrepreneur, I get to choose my own clients. If I don’t get a good feeling about a prospective client I don’t have to work with them. I can choose to walk away and spend my time helping someone else.
6. I get paid what I’m worth. I’m a hard worker. I’m passionate about what I do. I don’t want someone else telling me how much money I’m allowed to make. I don’t want anyone besides me dictating my worth. The more I hustle, the more money I make. I love that.
7. I get to keep trying until I get it right. As an entrepreneur, I get to decide what direction I want to take my business. If I try something and it doesn’t work, I can try something else. There’s no failing at being an entrepreneur unless you give up entirely.
8. I get to shape my own future. I have big dreams. I want to write a book. I want to be a keynote speaker. And I can pursue that dream with all of my being if I choose to. I can shape my own future to be whatever I want it to be. It just takes a little hustle and a little grit.
9. I get to be part of the entrepreneur community. I’ve never felt truly alone as an entrepreneur. It always seems like there are so many amazing people I can learn from. I’ve read tons of great books and listened to countless podcasts on entrepreneurship. It’s comforting to know I’m part of this supportive entrepreneur community, it feels like a family that I can go to for help and support whenever I need it.
10. Being an entrepreneur is exciting. Finally, I’m grateful for the excitement that being an entrepreneur brings into my life. Sure it’s scary at times. I’ve heard it said that being an entrepreneur is a lot like jumping out of an airplane and building the parachute on the way down. It’s a huge rush, and completely overwhelming, and frightening all at the same time. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I’m super grateful for being an entrepreneur. And I’m super grateful for you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
What are you grateful for as an entrepreneur? Share a comment here or in our Facebook Group. I’d love to hear from you!