Top of Mind: 6 Undeniable Benefits of Being Your Own Boss
What’s the biggest benefit to being your own boss?
When you’re your own boss, you learn who you are like you never have before. You’ll learn your physical, mental, creative and spiritual limits far exceed what you ever realized when you’re the master of your own domain.
—Marcy Eisenberg, president of Pathoras
The biggest benefit to being your own boss is that you can be the conductor of your own orchestra. You can execute on the vision you want without being micromanaged by others who don't believe what you believe.
—Sunny Bonnell, co-founder and creative director, Motto
I am building something that I have complete ownership of, and there is a great sense of satisfaction and intellectual stimulation. When I win a new client or surpass a milestone, I feel a true sense of accomplishment.
—Carly Fink, principal, Head of Strategy & Research, Provoke Insights
I can do what I think is right without having to compromise my beliefs and values, and I am in control of my time.
—Dr. Frank Lipman, founder of BE WELL by DR. FRANK LIPMAN
I believe the biggest benefit of being your own boss is being able to do what you need to every day without having to explain yourself, seek permission or worry about what your boss might think. Too often people don’t feel they have agency to do what needs to be done because they don’t want to have to explain it to their boss or be second guessed. This freedom does come with ultimate accountability, so you have to be prepared to accept responsibility for outcomes, good and bad. To me, having this freedom to get up every day and do what you feel is right for the business is incredibly liberating and motivating.
—Gary Beasley, CEO of Roofstock
I am a risk-taker and like having the final say on important issues. I also like having the ability to set my own schedule and take time off when it’s most convenient for me. But the biggest advantage is being able to travel extensively. Technology lets me work virtually anywhere in the world; all I need is my laptop and an internet connection. I’ve benefitted enormously from visiting different countries and encountering a variety of cultures, and I created JetNest to help others enrich their lives and careers through comparable experiences.
—Ekaterina Lyapustina, founder and CEO, JetNest
This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.