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BYOB: The Kenya Self Employment Benefits

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The Kenya Self Employment Benefits

Honestly, I fear a toilet broom. That thing has passed through a lot of shit (pun intended). But there is nothing I fear more when a friend or a friend of friend asks me this question: Self Employment or Not? I have to start giving a long narrative from scratch about those in self-employment and are doing extraordinary stuff. On the other hand, I have to defend those employed by others.

In this post, I take a different approach. I want to highlight some of the top advantages of self-employment. On my upcoming post in this series, I will also highlight some of the top ten pros of working for others. Be warned, this post is simply a tie. The tie breaker is always at the discretion of the person seeking employment.

Many people in our beloved country Kenya will always ask: Should I work for someone or for myself? There are daunting and mind boggling questions that often comes to a job seeker. On broader terms, you’ll often hear words like job security, regular paychecks et cetera. Let’s get meatier, what package comes with self-employment?

1. You take control of your life

Whether or not you stepped into a business class you probably know that control is one crucial aspect of management. It complements other roles such as directing, organizing and planning to ensure that businesses remain successful. Imagine being able to take control of your life and forgetting about all of the roller coaster that comes with working for someone else. I rest my case there.

2. You work with likeable people

Do you know how stressful it can be to wake up every day to an office with unlikable colleagues? Honestly, time doesn’t move. You will be stuck in a rut with people that you don’t like or love or adore or admire or… And just to let you know: MAN is a social being or as the legendary Greek Philosopher, Aristotle clear put it:

Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual.

3. You get fulfillment

And yes, lots of it. It is every desire of anyone to get fulfillment in abundance. Fulfillment is simply a state of realization, the completion of a great desire. With self-employment, you feel as if you have “arrived”. Whether or not your business succeeds, the realization that you built something for yourself is always satisfactory in itself. In psychology, fulfillment yields self-esteem which is a price worth paying for!

4. You reap the rewards

The objective of any business is making profits. In business, reward is measured in monetary terms and when you succeed as a self-entrepreneur, money is always bountiful. In addition, your money will always work for you instead of you working for the money. You will also get paid in form of gratitude, goodwill, satisfaction and many other non-monetary payment methods. For those who do not know what making your money work for you is, then Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad is a good Start.

5. You get to work flexible hours

Like I said in the first point, self-employment is about taking control of your life. It is about planning and coordinating your work ethics to match your objectives. When you are able to manage your time effectively, then flexibility becomes your daily cup of tea.

6. You unleash your creativity

Creativity breeds innovation and innovation leads to success (Yeah that’s my quote). Self-employment makes you on toes. You gotta pay the bills first before the bills start paying you, right? With business, you will always explore your imaginativeness to the core and unleash all the potential that lie within. In his famous book: The Magic of Thinking Big, David Schwartz recommends people to set their goals high and think positively to achieve them.

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”- John Maynard Keynes

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7. You get to help people

Lending a helping hand is fulfilling in itself. Some of the best ways to help people is to smile at them and be friendly, donate money, volunteers at charities and events, give something you don’t use, redirect gifts, teach them and comfort them in times of grief.

8. You follow your passion

“Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life” This is a quote that is often associated with self-employed people

9. You get to make a stand

Making a stand is all about authority. You got to choose what is right or wrong for you when it comes to self-employment. You are a proprietor and must make informed decisions that will always propel you forward. Sometimes the decision may not be fruitful but the ability to defend your choice always prevails in the long run. I particularly like Kate Sweeneys post on: How to Be More Decisive – and Stand by Your Choices.

10. You get a varied lifestyle

Living a varied lifestyle is are. By varied I mean you are able to do whatever you like, when you like and by whoever you like. Take it from me, this lifestyle is relative. Those in self-employment are able to organize their schedules as they deem fit. They can push meetings forward, they can hangout on Zip lines during working hours.

Amy Brann of Make Your Brain Work summarizes most of these pros of self-employment in this following paragraph:

Your brain is your biggest resource and has the potential to enable you to more easily achieve the things that are important to you. Living a rich and varied life is good for you in lots of ways. Deciding what that means to you can be a lot of fun. Try going to an environment that makes you feel good like a garden, a pub, a garden, somewhere with a great view, a racetrack – ideally somewhere you don’t go that often. Then give yourself a chunk of time, perhaps an hour, to just brainstorm (perhaps just creating a mind map).

The question: What would mean I have a rich and varied life?

 

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