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7 Differences of Self Employed vs Employed

Employment vs Self EmploymentBeing an entrepreneur is NOT for everyone, but neither is being an employee. In this blog post I will give you advice in the form of 7 real world tips to help you make the transition. This comes from my real world experience of seeing the difference of my own employment vs self employment, from high salary corporate guy to someone that makes a lot of money from his work from home business.

Employment vs Self Employment

I think the very first question one should answer is why are you considering having your own business? I recently blogged about my journey of employee to entrepreneur, and I can tell you, it is not always an easy transition.

Why are you wanting to become self employed? IF you are doing this because you think it will be easier, think again. It will almost never be easier, at least in the beginning. It can get easier as you build residual income but certainly not as first. The reasons I chose to make the jump from employee to entrepreneur are as follows:

  1. I was tired of the line of work I had chosen and was burnt out.
  2. I was tired of having to ask permission to do everything like take my kids to the dentist or travel to someone’s wedding.
  3. I was tired of barely seeing my family that I was working so hard for.
  4. I was scared. I was scared that when the next round of job cuts came I would be one of the ones cut and I would be caught flat-footed.
  5. I was terrified to think that 20 years down the road I might actually be doing the same thing and might feel I had wasted my life.
  6. I wanted to be able to travel more.
  7. I wanted to build something I actually owned that could be passed down to my children.

Those were a lot of my reasons, you want to have your own set of reasons. My initial goal was not to make more money, it was to have more quality time and freedom.

Employee vs Self Employed are Pretty SignificantSo What Are The Differences?

The difference between entrepreneur vs job or employee vs self employed are pretty significant, this list should help prepare you if you are going to attempt (and hopefully succeed) at going from employee to entrepreneur.

1. The income, especially at first, is not steady. Be careful how you manage your bills and your expenses. With that being said, I would NOT suggest quitting your job right away even if you are really “pumped up from that meeting last night”. Let your job finance your dream lifestyle until you no longer need it to or are at least at a position where you have some money coming in from the business.

2. You will no longer be told what to do for every second of the day. This represents a huge problem for most people that start working on their own. All of a sudden they can watch a TV show or clean that garage and no one will tell them different. Understand this: Your time management will dictate the velocity of your success. For help with this visit my three blogs on this matter:
Daily Routine for Success
Time Management and Your Routine
How to manage your day as home based business marketer

3. Friends and family members will tell you that you are crazy. It almost never happens when you are going for any type of job that someone tells you that you are crazy but happens all the time when you decide to break those corporate chains. I think it opens up the fears of other people that you could actually create a better lifestyle than them and escape being a working stiff.

4. You won’t just be receiving checks, you will have some expenses. It is easier for someone to go from owning a traditional business to a work from home business because they understand this fact all too well. However, Employee minded people struggle with this. You are going to have some expenses such as hosting fees, autoresponders, marketing systems, autoship, etc that you NEED to have to build something that will last.

5. Most of the daily actions that will help you have success are actually easy to do, but, that makes them easy NOT to do as well. Your consistency in your home business is most important.

6. You are going to HAVE to work on yourself. Most jobs you only need to know their specific jargon or knowledge, if you are building a home business, you are going to need to constantly work on making yourself better. Self improvement in self employment is mandatory. If you are not growing, you are dying.

7. You may have heard the saying, if it is going to be it’s up to me. That is very true when it comes to self employment. YOU are the one that will make this happen. Not the market, not external forces, not someone leaving a vacancy in a job, YOU are the one that can make this happen and in a big way.

Between Being Self Employed vs Employment, I choose ME!

You have to do what you feel is right. If you look forward to Monday mornings and your job really fulfills you, keep in mind you can always stay there and build a home business on the side. What I feel a home business does while doing that is create options. We all want more options. If you had the OPTION of leaving  your job, well, the next round of layoffs would not scare you, would they?

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23 Comments
  1. Going from employee to entrepreneur will definitely take a mindset shift for most people if they want to be successful in working for themselves. Great post Ray!

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Thanks Lee!

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  2. Boy, this lays it all out and puts it in terms we can all relate to. It definitely will change some minds for both the entrepreneur and those closely associated with them. Great post and look forward to following more of what you have to say because you definitely sound like “been there done that” kind of guy. For a newbie like myself, your posts are a great resource.

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Thanks so much Robert!

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  3. Good stuff, Ray. One of the things I love is being able to work from anywhere. When I left my corporate job, I had an exit interview form that listed all of the possibilities for why I was leaving…not one of them was because I’m moving to the place in the country that I want to live. People I talk to are always surprised when I tell them I moved because I wanted to, not because of a new job here.

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Yep, same here my friend, thanks bro

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  4. Ray I really enjoy reading your posts! Always insightful and helpful.

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Thanks Randy!

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  5. Always great info. Being self employed isn’t for everyone…

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Very true and wanted to point that out

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  6. Great Post , Ray

    Love the 7 points !!
    I am now working on improve #2 by create a daily routine

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Rock it out bro, I believe in you!

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  7. Ray,

    I must say you bring it every time. You know it’s getting to the point where if you don’t put up a post you are going to be in a lot of trouble. Nice problem to have.

    Quick Question Ray,

    Starting out did you do any SEO or is all your Traffic Based around marketing tools such as social media, Article Marketing etc…?

    ~Willie Prevolt Jr.

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    I started out with mainly social media and didnt understand SEO, now I hired that stuff out and do what I do best, create content and solve problems

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  8. Great post Ray. Having started out as an entrepreneur in the sporting goods industry. In 1994 after a mjor econimic crisis, I found myself in the need of getting a Job. I am now working and starting my home business which I hope will grow to the point where I can quit my job.
    You are so right on the differences between the two. When you work for yourself, if you are not focused and have a clear work plan it is easy to stray.
    Not everynone is cut out for entrepreneurship. There are peole that need to be led and told what to do every step of the way. You mention a very important point. “Working on Yourself” In doing so, people can learn about mindset, productivity, goal setting, etc. and give themselves the opportunity to start a business of their own. If it doesn´t work out it won´t all be time lost. They will have learnt about themselves and improved in many areas that will be usedful in other aspects of their lives.

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Very true my friend

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  9. Great article. I think so many people struggle with the transition from being an employee to being self employed because when you work for someone you can just show up and do as little as possible, which I believe 90 percent of employee do. However, when you work for yourself initally you have to not only show up – but you have to work darn hard to make things happen.

    Yaisa Hagood

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Very, very true

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  10. Great information

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Thanks bro!

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  11. Hi Ray,

    Most of my time is spent in mentoring students trying to establish their own business, generally Internet based. The biggest problem I have noticed which I hope will help the readers of this article is that they tend to get very busy doing the wrong things.

    In fact, I can tell you from experience that it is easy to waste a huge amount of your productive time looking busy, but not getting much done.

    For this reason the first the most important action you should always be taking is the one that takes you one step closer to generating income and achieving your goal.

    Kind regards

    Kevin

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    Ray Higdon Reply:

    Rock on

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  12. Great post Ray! Keep up the good work. I love getting your posts. You post a lot of good info that helps any internet marketer. Not just mlm’s.

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