Being an employee: the bonds of un-freedom or organization delights?
What is better: a good employment position in one of Britain's many great organizations or your own business, all be it a small one, staffed only by you or maybe by a few more people? Many people dream about working only for themselves but not many take the plunge. They say to themselves: I can do what I want, I will work at a time when it is most convenient to me, I will be able to organize my time better to spend more of it with family, friends or enjoying my favorite hobby. But is it really like that when all is said and done? Is this an easy thing to do?
Knowledge and skills is the way to true professionalism
Owning your own business involves increased responsibility and risk. As the owner of a small cafe, a self employed taxi driver or a freelance photographer, no matter what position you have chosen, you have to plan your actions very carefully and be able to manage everything that is necessary. It's a given that you already know what needs to be done but even if you are just learning a constant readiness to increase your knowledge in your chosen field and self-control are faithful companions to self-employment people. Most importantly, you will have to find time for education, which is often complicated to do because your also need to do your job at the same time. But no-one said it was going to be easy did they?
The question is: is the situation different for any expert within a large or small company in Britain? Of course, each employee needs to update their knowledge and improve their skills in order to continue do their work at the right level. But if you get the opportunity, from your boss, to participate in any workshop or master class, you may be released from your work duties. You're busy with studying, and everyone knows it. You may even have to go to another city for your lessons and it’s ok. This means that your responsibilities will be divided among your coworkers for the duration of your absence. That's a relief. And one more detail. Who will pay for your opportunity to become smarter? The company for which you work of course. But in the case of self-employment, you will have to pay out of your own pocket and that can be somewhat costly.
One boss or many?
One of the arguments in favour of being self-employed sounds like "I myself, will be my boss." This means that you no longer have to depend on decisions made by other people, or from your immediate supervisor. You do not need to take into account the boss's quirks, or require you to adjust to their specific character traits. Here is self-employment in the eyes of the common man.
But what's really going on? When you are working for yourself and dealing with all the people that interact with your business you are communicating with many people, some of them are your customers others may be suppliers or employees. You know the rule that the customer is always right, don't you? So you have to adapt to the characteristics of each person that pays you for your service. So how many bosses do you have then? The answer: as many as you have customers is how many you have. So, is it better to work for one person or for many? The choice is yours.
Is it easy to make a job out of your hobby?
Very often, advice on choosing your way of life boils down to the necessity to understand what it is you love to do most and make a living out of it. On the one hand this is good advice as they do say that if you have a job you love you never work a day in your life, and it may be a good option for some people. But there is a downside.
Creating a business is difficult thing to do. Starting with the fact that, psychologically, there are very few people willing to take that roller-coaster ride and start their own business. The type of person who does needs to be able to negotiate on many issues, to organize workflow, for example, buy everything you need, find the right people to help you do everything that you do not know how to do yourself, and of course to monitor their work. They also need to develop relationships with clients and be able to get them interested in their proposals and try to make sure that they come back to you again and again, attracted by a successful combination of price and quality, originality of ideas or even the comfort of the office: everything can play its own important role and nothing should be underestimated. So, a person who is trying to make job out of their hobby, apart from his favourite-thing-to-do, will need to effectively perform a variety of other roles, such as superintendent, project manager, interior designer, manager, secretary, etc. Otherwise you will have to hire other people to do it for you, and that is a very expensive proposition. That kind of spending is very difficult to cover at the beginning of the development of a business and is more often than not the cause of failure. So it turns out that you will almost have no time and energy to do your hobby properly. It's hard to be a good performer and the manager of the business at the same time but the results can be spectacular.
And what are employees busy with? They do their work and only their work. All the good working conditions have already been arranged for them and their colleagues.
The advantages of working in a company
So, what kind of pros can a British citizen who chooses an employment career have? Well primarily a stable and reliable wage, fixed working hours, social security, a certain degree of psychological comfort and organization. To get all that you need from the right position, you just have to do your duties well and leave all other questions to your employer.