I have made a pro and con list of NOT having a job, probably should have done this before I quit huh?! Better late than never is one of my favourite sayings!
PROS of NOT Having a Job
- No set hours, I can work when I’m productive
- No Boss 🙂
- As many vacation/sick/personal days as you need
- Making less $ means paying less tax (accountants, please confirm;-)
- Get to stay at home with the dogs all day
- Not associated with a company
- Choose your own challenges
- More free time
CONS of NOT Having a Job
- No guaranteed income 🙁
- No benefits like health insurance, pension, etc.
- No paid vacation or sick days
- Don’t have to leave the house (sometimes I can be a homebody)
- Some one else chooses your challenges
- Work harder for less $, maybe
As you can see, I think I made the right choice…..hopefully. I need to point out that I am a very driven person, sort of. I’m one of these people who has a hard time finding balance, I’m either guns blazing or very sloth like, lol. When I lose focus or get tired I have a hard time moving forward.
This is also why I put “don’t have to leave the house on the con list, although I like to push myself, I also like the warm cocoon that is staying at home. Now if you are like me you will totally understand that statement, if you are not then, whoosh. I am what Gretchen Rubin refers to in the four tendencies as an obliger. For a better explanation go check her out, but I will give it the old college try. An obliger is someone who easily meets outer expectations while struggling to meet inner expectations. I believe this is why I find it hard to leave the house unless I have a reason to do so. I need some outer force pushing me. For me I suspect it will be the threatening of my savings and not being able to pay the bills!
One thing that I took a long hard look at was my family history. On the McNabb side of the family everyone is in business for themselves, I always thought it was because we could be so difficult that we couldn’t work for someone else, lol, don’t tell my dad my theory! Now I realize that we have very strong morals and it is easier to work for ourselves than it is to compromise our beliefs. Or maybe we are control freak perfectionists who think we are the only ones who can do things right! No comment, and don’t talk to my partner 😉
I guess what I’m trying to say is that in the end I look up to and know a lot of people who went out on their own and made it. I know that I can sell myself a lot easier than I could sell anything else!