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7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur and Working For Yourself Rocks!

7 Reasons Being an Entrepreneur and Working For Yourself Rocks!

Getting out of your 9-5 comfort zone can be a tad scary sometimes. But the long-term satisfaction is way better than anything that requires you working on someone else’s dream.

Why not be an entrepreneur and work towards your own dream? Here are seven reasons why becoming an entrepreneur might be the best decision you’ll ever make. After reading LifeHack.org, of course.

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1. Flexible hours

When you work for yourself, you are your own boss. You can decide when to start working, when to go to lunch and when to go to the bathroom. I mean, don’t you just hate it when you have to ask your boss for ten minutes longer at lunch because you’re stuck in traffic? Then your pay is cut because you missed ten minutes at the punch-in. That’s why being an entrepreneur is so wonderful; you are independent to choose when you want to work. You are the only one who truly knows when your brain is most functional, so if that time is from midnight to 6 a.m., it’s perfectly okay!

2. Money goes directly into your pocket

Regardless of whether your boss pays you by the hour or on commission, he or she will always make more money than you. Period. I’m not saying that in a hateful way towards your boss, mainly because that’s why he or she is the boss! But, you can change the money process by becoming your own captain, so to speak. For example, if you work on commission at a jewelry store, selling a pair of earrings will only make you 10% of the price you sell it for, while your boss makes the rest. If you have your own store and sell your own jewelry, then guess what? You just bumped your paycheck up by at least 50%, and can now afford that new toy you never really had the freedom to buy. It doesn’t matter what your business is, everything you sell will directly go into your pocket when you become an entrepreneur.

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3. You develop self-discipline

Ah, discipline! There are two types of discipline: the one you get from your parents and the one you get at school or in the military. When you have a business though, the discipline you build is a combination of both what your parents gave you when you were younger and the discipline the military gives to its soldiers. It’s a discipline that will follow you for the rest of your life! You will learn to manage your time wisely and say “no” to distractions like the TV or the newest Vine that came out. It’s a discipline that you inflict on yourself because you want to, so it’s easier for to stick to it. This type of discipline isn’t punished physically, which is why it’s so powerful; it’s punished financially and mentally. If you are not disciplined when you work for yourself, it’s very easy to slide into the comfort zone and forget about responsibilities. In turn, this will decrease your motivation level and money supply as you stop completing your to-do list. That’s the worst punishment of all. When you are punished once though, you learn the real value of discipline and do everything you can to not be punished again.

4. You feel accomplished

You have your own business, make enough money to support your family (or are working towards that goal) and have time to enjoy yourself. You go to bed knowing that you did everything you could do that day to get you closer to your dream, and that’s what accomplishment looks like! You give 110% for every project you create for your clients, because you know that their satisfaction is what’s going to keep your business alive. You can look back at the progress you’ve made over the last few weeks, months, or years and smile. How can you not be proud of all the projects you’ve finished, all the money you made, all the days you woke up at 4 a.m., and all the times you failed and started again?

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5. You work on your own dream

If you don't build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs

    Enough said.

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    6. Free to make your own rules

    Ever walked into a new office only to find an empty desk and a paper containing all the office rules you have to follow in order to keep your job? Ever sighed and rolled your eyes at some of those rules? Well, good news! There will be no more eye rolling when you work for yourself, because you make your own rules. You get to decide whether or not you’re allowed to drink coffee after noon or if you can wear jeans on days that do not begin with F. You are your own boss, you decide how much time you have to eat lunch or if you can leave your office to go for a quick run or not. Your rules can be funky, like making a client laugh at least once a day. The power is in your hands. Use it wisely.

    7. You’re taught lessons that school or work can’t teach you

    I don’t have anything against school or jobs, but it’s not okay that they don’t teach us how to be independent in the real world. From day one in Kindergarten, we are taught to depend on someone else in order to make decisions. You are taught to ask permission for everything you do and when the time comes to face the real world, you are paralyzed because you don’t know what to do! You don’t know how to deal with mean customers or how to speak the client’s lingo. When you’re an entrepreneur, you learn all those things through trial and error. You learn to be intuitive and to think fast for solutions without dwelling on the problem. You learn to manage your finances, your personality and your clients in a way that school or work can never teach you. Anthony Robbins once lost a big client because his nails were eaten to the skin, and the woman didn’t want to deal with someone who can’t keep themselves from eating their nails. He lost big money there, which is how he learned to calm himself down and always have clean nails. It’s a small thing, but fingers are the first thing that someone looks at when you put them on the table. It’s a small lesson, but he was most definitely not taught that in school!

    So, tell me, how excited are you to become your own boss?

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    How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

    How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

    We all have those days when completing our assigned tasks seems beyond reach. With the temptation of social media, mobile games, and the internet in general—not to mention the constant bustle of people in the office—it’s easy to fall prey to disruptions and distractions at work.

    So, what can we do about it? How to be productive at work?

    While we don’t have a foolproof system that can completely eliminate disturbances and diversions, we do have 9 ground rules that can be applied to help give your productivity levels a boost.

    Keep reading to find out our tips on work productivity.

    What Does It Mean to Be Productive?

    How to be productive at work?” is the age-old question plaguing employees and employers alike around the world. Regardless of where you work and what you do, everyone is always looking for new ways to be more efficient and effective.

    But what does being productive actually entail?

    Completing more tasks on your list or working longer hours doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being more productive. It just means you’re more busy, and productivity shouldn’t be confused with busyness.

    Productivity means achieving effective results in as short amount of time as possible, leaving you with more time to enjoy freely.

    It involves working smarter, not harder. It means refining processes, speeding up workflows, and reducing the chances of interruptions.

    Productivity is best achieved when looking at your current way of working, identifying the bottlenecks, flaws, and hindrances, and then finding ways to improve.

    9 Ground Rules on How to Be Productive at Work

    1. Avoid Multitasking

    Multitasking can give the impression that more tasks can be accomplished as you’re doing multiple things at once. However, the opposite is true.

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    Research has shown that attempting to do several things at the same time takes a toll on productivity and that shifting between tasks can cost up to 40 percent of someone’s time.[1] That’s because your focus and concentration is constantly hindered due to having to switch between tasks.

    If you have a lot of tasks on your plate, determine your priorities and allocate enough time for each task. That way you can work on what’s urgent first and have enough time to complete the rest of your tasks.

    2. Turn off Notifications

    According to a Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of US smartphone owners admit to checking their phones a few times an hour.[2]

    Switching off your phone—or at least your notifications—during work hours is a good way to prevent you from checking your phone all the time.

    The same applies to your computer. If you have the privilege of accessing social media on your work desktop, switch off the notifications on there.

    Another good tip is to logout from your social media accounts. Therefore when you feel the urge to check it, you might be swayed because your page isn’t so easily accessible.

    3. Manage Interruptions

    There are certain disruptions in the office that are unavoidable such as your manager requesting a quick meeting or your colleague asking for assistance. In order to deal with this, your best approach is to know how to handle interruptions like a pro.

    Be proactive and inform the people around you of your need to focus. Turn your status on as “busy/unavailable” on your work chat app.

    If you’re on a deadline, let your colleagues know that you need to concentrate and would really appreciate not being interrupted for the moment, or even work from home if that’s a feasible option for you.

    By anticipating and having a plan in place to manage them, this will minimize your chances of being affected by interruptions.

    4. Eat the Frog

    Mark Twain once famously said that:

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    “if it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

    What this basically means is that you should get your biggest, most urgent task out of the way first.

    We all have that big, important task that we don’t want to do but know we have to do because it holds the biggest consequence if we don’t complete it.

    Eat the frog is a productivity technique that encourages you to do your most important, most undesirable task first. Completing this particular task before anything else will give you a huge sense of accomplishment. It will set the ball rolling for the rest of the day and motivate you to eagerly complete your other tasks.

    5. Cut Down on Meetings

    Meetings can use up a lot of time, which is time that can be used to do something useful.

    You have to wait for everyone to arrive, then after the pleasantries are out of the way, you can finally get stuck into it. And sometimes, it may take a whole hour to iron out one single issue.

    The alternative? Don’t arrange a meeting at all. You’ll be surprised at how many things can be resolved through an email or a quick phone call.

    But that doesn’t mean you should eliminate meetings altogether. There are certain circumstances where face-to-face discussions and negotiations are still necessary. Just make sure you weigh up the options prior.

    If it’s just information sharing, you’re probably better off sending an email; but if brainstorming or in-depth discussion is required, then an in-person meeting would be best.

    6. Utilize Tools

    Having the right tools to work with is crucial as you’re only really as good as the resources you have at your disposal. Not only will you be able to complete tasks as efficiently as possible, but they can streamline processes. Said processes are essential to a business as they manage tasks, keep employees connected, and hold important data.

    If you’re the manager or business owner, ensure your team has the right tools in place.

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    And if you’re an employee and think the tools you currently have to work with aren’t quite up to par, let your manager know. A good team leader understands the significance of having the right tools and how it can impact employee productivity.

    Some examples of tools that could be used:

    Communication
    • Slack for team chat and collaboration.
    • Samepage for video conference software.
    • Zendesk for customer service engagement.
    Task Management
    • Zenkit for task and project collaboration.
    • Wunderlist for listing your to-do’s.
    • Wekan for an open source option.
    Database Management
    Time Tracking
    • Clockify for a free tracker.
    • TMetric for workspace integrations.
    • TimeCamp for attendance and productivity monitoring.

    You can also take a look at these Top 10 Productivity Tools to Help You Achieve 10x More in Less Time.

    7. Declutter and Organize

    Having a disorganized and cluttered workspace can limit your ability to focus. According to researchers, physical clutter can negatively impact your ability to concentrate and take in information.[3] Which is why keeping your work environment well ordered and clutter-free is important.

    Ensure you have your own system of organization so you know what to do when the paperwork starts to pile up.

    Being organized will also ensure that you know where to find the appropriate stationery, tools, or documents when you need it. A US study reveals that the average worker can waste up to one week a year looking for misplaced items.[4]

    Here’s a useful guide to help you declutter and organize: How to Declutter Your Life and Reduce Stress (The Ultimate Guide)

    8. Take Breaks

    Taking regular breaks is essential for maintaining productivity at work. Working in front of a computer can lead to a sedentary lifestyle which can place you at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Even a 30 second microbreak can increase your productivity levels up to 30 percent.

    As well as your physical health, breaks are also crucial for your mental and emotional wellbeing. That’s because your brain is like a muscle, the more it works without a break, the easier it is for it to get worn out.

    Ensuring you actually take your breaks can prevent you from suffering from decision fatigue. It can also help boost creativity.

    Take a look at this article and learn why you should start scheduling time for breaks: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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    9. Drink Water

    Although we know we should, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water during the working day.

    Many of us turn to tea or coffee for the caffeine hit to keep us going. However, like taking breaks, drinking water is essential for maintaining productivity levels at work. It’s simple and effective.

    Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and also headaches, tiredness, and weight gain.

    A good tip to avoid dehydration is to keep a water bottle at your desk as it can serve as a reminder to constantly drink water.

    If you find the taste of water a little bland, add some fruit such as cucumber or lemon to give it a better taste.

    You can also get more ideas on how to drink more water here: How to Drink More Water (and Why You Should)

    The Bottom Line

    The preceding 9 ground rules on work productivity aren’t the be-all, end-all. You and the company you work for may have other tips on how productivity is best increased and maintained.

    After all, it’s something that can be perceived differently depending on the exact job and work environment.

    In saying that, however, the 9 ground rules serve as a good foundation for anyone finding themselves succumbing to disruption and distraction, and are looking for ways to overcome them.

    A good tip to keep in mind is that change doesn’t happen overnight. Start small and be consistent. If you slip up, just dust yourself off and try again.

    Developing habits happens gradually, so as long as you keep up with it, you’ll soon start to notice the changes you’ve been making and eventually enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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