Working a 9 to 5 gets a bad rep. From the tired clichés (don’t quit your day job) to the competitive struggle (rat race) we believe that the grass is greener on the other side. What is the greener side? If it isn’t winning the lottery or being a celebrity, typically it’s entrepreneurship. Now, this isn’t a post devaluing the heart, ingenuity, and innovation that goes into the spirit of being a self-made person, this is just a difference of perspective.
For the most part, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. Or a freelancer, influencer, guru, best-selling author and that is all great! For those who want that kind of life. We often see the opulent lifestyles on our TVs, computers, magazines, and publications. Especially on social media. Tai Lopez, Gary Vaynerchuk and Damon Dash are all examples. It is the “greener” side; no one to report to, free schedules, the cars, clothes and everything else in between. Hardly is the financial instability, long hours, exceeding high stress and taxation ever spotlighted. Still, the advantages are seemingly always highlighted and even pedestalized. Since we know already about the glitz and glam of being an entrepreneur let’s flip the coin and talk facts and advantages of being an employee.
Most successful businesses were started by former employees.
Working at a corporation can teach you about business and teach you good habits. Your time at a company can be used almost like a spy; zeroing in on your place of employment, studying its strengths and weaknesses, market position, management styles, comparing it to its competitors, studying its relationships, etc. You are in a position to see how the cake is made, and this can help you make the transition to cake maker.
Companies practice civility and diplomacy.
I have worked blue-collar and have done white-collar jobs. Working more white-collar jobs I can say, for the most part, you are treated a lot better as a person in a white-collar job, even if it was insincere and calculated or manipulative. I am not saying that entrepreneurs have these specific problems but the systems and infrastructure in a company are designed for order.
Perks, Benefits, and Opportunities to Cut Personal Costs.
Many corporations have superior health plans, gym membership programs, group discounts, profit-sharing and office equipment and supplies that you can use towards your means. There is also a potential surplus in food, promotions and networking opportunities.
What I’m getting at is two things: self-fulfillment through career fulfillment and freedom. If you are someone who wants to be the next Mark Zuckerberg through some sincere internal drive, that’s one thing. If it’s someone who is compensating for some inadequacy, that’s another. It is like people who climb the corporate ladder only to become dissatisfied, unfulfilled and unhappy. More money, more problems.
The truth is – most of us are here to serve others. No, that isn’t a defeatist mentality or a condescending tone. I mean, if everyone is the boss where are the employees? Honestly, as long as you haven’t been betting it all on red, and spent time building your reputation and learning stuff that your markets wants, you can pick yourself up and sell yourself to somebody else. It boils down to who you sell yourself to. My personal goal is to become an industry-known professional (still working on that), publishing articles and pushing creative content. The hardest part is truly just getting that job. I understand that long term that is not only good for myself, but also for the company I want to work for.
Quality people are hard to find and harder to keep. Anyone willing to expand their skill-set is worth gold for the company they work for.