At some point or another in our working lives, the majority of us will sit at home and ponder where everything went quite so wrong. For some, it will be a temporary downer – for others, it’ll be a more persistent, lingering state of mind. So, if you’re feeling overworked and underpaid, why not think about starting your own company?
There’s one really easy way to ensure that you’re valued as a worker, you’re not overworked, and you’re paid fairly – and that’s by being your own boss. The thing about starting a business that most people neglect to recognize however is that success isn’t instant, and big fat pay checks don’t roll in from day one. A successful business takes time to nurture, but if it’s something you enjoy doing, it won’t feel so much like a chore, and more like a pleasure!
Bring overworked and underpaid were just two of the reasons that I decided to call it a day working for someone else. Of course it wasn’t long into my business venture that I realized I had been a little rash, I wasn’t underpaid at all, by any stretch of imagination – and you could almost argue that I wasn’t really overworked (although it felt like it at the time!). I got a real sense of being overworked and underpaid just a few weeks into running my own business – 15 hour days for no wages were the norm.
Luckily, I kept my day job up long enough to subsidize my wages for a good few months after starting my company – but it wasn’t easy. Getting your company into gear can be pretty difficult – so don’t go expecting to draw a wage from the get go. Unless you’ve accrued some savings you can effectively live off whilst your business is in the start up phase, you too may find the only viable solution is to keep up your day job, and moonlight as a business owner. Continue reading “Overworked? Underpaid? Start your own business!” »