I’ve been self-employed for about a year now and I can’t imagine myself ever going back to a standard nine-to-five schedule. I enjoy being own boss and having the relative freedom to set my own schedule. All this comes at a price, naturally, and the price is that I can never know how much money I’ll be making. I’m not only talking about soliciting clients for my freelance writing business, but also in terms of how much advertising cash this blog brings in. Such is always the case when it comes to internet-based income.

I guess the same could be said about running any business. When you first open a restaurant in Vancouver, for example, there’s a very good chance that you’ll generate some initial buzz and business could very well be booming for the first month or two. After a while, though, customers get antsy and fickle, looking for the next new dining establishment and you find your daily take start to dwindle. I’m pretty sure that’s the case with Simply Delicious on Main Street, which is a couple blocks away from my house.

It’s hard to say where I stand on the issue, because on the one hand, I enjoy the flexibility and the possibility of essentially setting my own income wherever I’d like it to be. On the other hand, there is value to be had in stability and knowing that regardless of how well you perform today, this week, this month, or this year, you will get paid just the same. Such is not the case with me. I guess people in sales (commission-only) suffer the same fate.

The vast majority of people out there are nine-to-fivers, or some variation of that. Most people dream of owning their own business but very few ever muster up the courage to ever take the plunge and even among those who do, a sizable chunk fail miserably. I guess I’ve been lucky (and an internet-based business, especially one that does not require any sort of inventory, is a lot easier than a brick and mortar establishment).

What about you, my valued readers? Given the choice, would you select the stability of a conventional job or the unpredictability of entrepreneurship?

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