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10 Reasons It’s Great to Be an Entrepreneur

Posted by PCC Small Business Development Center on June 19, 2018

Reasons It’s Great to Be an Entrepreneur





Updated Feb. 15, 2022

There’s something exciting about starting your own business, especially if it’s something you’re truly passionate about. Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of the American economy, and many people rely on small businesses to provide the goods and services they need, as well as to create jobs for the local economy.

That’s the precise reason that we celebrate National Entrepreneur Week, because it celebrates the benefits of being an entrepreneur. There are numerous reasons it's great to be an entrepreneur, and that’s why we’re celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week. Below we’ll discuss the top ten reasons why being an entrepreneur is so great:

1. You’re the Boss

Being an entrepreneur means you’re the one that calls the shots. While being the sole person that determines how the business is run brings a higher level of pressure, it also allows you the freedom and flexibility to adjust more rapidly than bigger companies.

2. Make Your Own Schedule

The reality is that most business owners and entrepreneurs work longer hours, and much harder, than people working the average nine-to-five. However, being your own boss allows you to make your own hours and really take control of your work-life schedule.

3. “Work” Wherever You Want

Although you might have a physical storefront that requires your presence from time to time, being an entrepreneur allows you the opportunity to build out systems and infrastructures that give you the ability to work from home or anywhere in the world. Obviously this will depend on your industry and business model, but for most people owning their own business gives them much more freedom to be location independent than being employed by a large organization.

4. Control Your Own Destiny

As an entrepreneur, you’re the captain of the ship so to speak. While employees are at the mercy of CEOs, investors and a board of directors, business owners are in control of which opportunities to pursue and ultimately how their lives will materialize in the future.

5. Sell Things You’re Passionate About

Most business owners create their business not strictly for the money, but because they enjoy doing what they do. Unless you created your business strictly for the payout (highly unlikely for most entrepreneurs), you’re selling products or services that you’re passionate about and can really get behind. Not many people working for other companies can say that.

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6. Build a Legacy

Entrepreneurs build, not just a business, but a legacy for their industries, families, and communities. If you’re working for a large corporation, there’s no opportunity to pass down the company to your family. By building your own company from scratch, you’ll have control over the legacy that it will leave after you step aside.

7. Meet Other Interesting People and Business Owners

Being an entrepreneur is great from a networking standpoint. Unlike working for somebody else, your responsibilities will get you out there in front of people on a consistent basis, where you’ll undoubtedly meet other entrepreneurs and business owners. You’ll be able to use this to make more connections, grow your network, and learn from others how to better manage your company.

8. You’ll Be Gratified

Working for yourself is more than just a paycheck. Yes you’ll be working harder, but the upside is that enjoying the fruits of your labor will be that much more gratifying. Setting your own course, working hard to achieve it and then seeing your vision realized is something that energizes each and every entrepreneur.

9. You’re the One Making the Money

When you’re an employee, the paycheck you see comes after the company has covered their expenses and paid the people above you. But when you run your own business, all the money you make is headed your way. Obviously you’ll still have to cover your operating expenses and overhead (rent, staff, production costs, etc.). The upside is being able to determine how much to pay yourself.

10. You're in Charge of Your Business Practices

Entrepreneurs are fortunate people in that they have total control of their business culture and processes. You can create a professional environment that will make you (and your staff) productive and happy. That work culture that you’ve been dreaming about at your day job is now up to you to create, allowing you to focus on things like positivity, innovation, or environmental sustainability.

National Entrepreneurship Week is all about celebrating the hard work and perseverance of the small business owners and start-up founders that keep our economy vibrant and inventive. Now that you know some of the benefits of being an entrepreneur, maybe now is the time to think about starting your own endeavor?

Would you like to become an entrepreneur? You can learn more about how PCC can help you down that path with the following link: Business Design Series


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The Oregon Small Business Development Center Portland Community College has  helped thousands of businesses over the past 40 years. We combine one-on-one  advising with programs taught by business experts, giving our clients the  resources they need to grow their businesses. We’ve celebrated many successes  with our clients. We'd love to celebrate your success. 

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