In this 21st century, we can split people into two primitive divisions. Firstly, who have traditional old school mindset of going to a 9- 5 job and secondly, who are rebellious in nature and choose their own path and work independently. On one side, there are people who have accepted gradual growth in a company as their career path. On the other hand, there are self-employed and business owners who work for themselves, at their place and time. Today, many people are seeking purposeful lives that go beyond traditional career as organizations no longer guarantee lifetime employment. Now the million-dollar question is what kind of personality you have?
Let’s discuss both the aspects in detail to understand this approach better.
This first thing associated with a 9-5 job is going to the same office every day. Every morning you have to get ready in decent attire as per your office decorum. Some people like this routine and spending eight hours at the same place. “For many people office, itself is a source of motivation, they feel passionate and enthusiastic in the presence of other colleagues,” says HR head of department at Australian Masters.
On the other side, people who opt for self-employment or entrepreneurship feel exhausted and suppressed working in such an environment every day. They want a peaceful and quiet place to work and love working at home that suits their physical comfort and personality.
As it says itself, in 9-5 job people adhere standard office hours from 9 am to 5 pm. Thus they work between 40 and 45 hours per week. These are people who choose the daily routine of waking up early in the morning, going to the office, spending evening time with their family or do other pieces of stuff.
In contrast, people with a creative mindset, want no specific working hours, and need authority over their time. It helps to bring the best out of them. It has a negative aspect also, as their professional and personal life cannot be differentiated. Sometimes they are not sure what should be given preference. On the positive side, they earn much higher as they work more, even in the evenings and weekends also.
Robots can do a task hundreds of time without complaining or exhausting. For sure, this is not the case with humans. But still, many people have this temperament of doing the same routine tasks every day. Even though they have expertise in various skills, they focus on a few functions which are specific to their job description.
While the entrepreneurs handle various tasks together like marketing, sales, bookkeeping, IT, and customer services. They enjoy multitasking and juggling between different functions. As their business grows, they learn more and become an expert in different skillsets resulting in better understanding of business acumen.
“Don’t pick a job, pick a boss,” It’s a widespread phrase in the corporate world. It emphasizes the importance of working under a good boss, but it’s not the case with most employees. If you are lucky enough and your manager is kind and helping, then you may spend a couple of years more in the same company. In some instances, people work under an incompetent manager who is not as talented as they are.
The most appealing aspect of being self-employed or entrepreneurship is: You are your own boss. It provides you the liberty to do whatever you want without any supervision. Indeed, it has specific stresses also, and at times, you have to confront challenging situations on your own.
People working 9-5 tend to limit their beliefs and are not entitled to live independently. They like to be inside the safe zone of a secure job. When you work in an organization, you receive a regular paycheck every month. You are not required to take any risks which can influence your income.
On the other hand, self-employment/entrepreneurship brings a high amount of uncertainty. You have to make all the risk-taking decisions that can directly impact your earnings. You have to invest a sizeable amount of money in a business which depends not only on your business acumen but also on the overall situation of the market. Besides, you don’t have a fixed pay; your income varies remarkably every month.
People who work a 9 to 5 job love spending eight hours at their desk. They consider it as their second home, so it’s imperative for them to fill it with things they enjoy looking at. They keep photographs of their loved ones or places they like, spending the whole day on the same work station.
If it’s not in your nature to sit on the same desk every day, it’s time for you to choose self-employment/entrepreneurship. It will give you all the freedom to go out and work whatever place suits your personage. You can explore the world and meet new people who can turn into your potential clients.
It is essential to understand the characteristics of the two sides, both pros and cons, before deciding which aspect suits you. If you want to pursue your career in a 9-5 job, you should be focusing to get the job of your dreams and enjoy the perks of this approach.
If you find yourself stuck in a 9-5 job, you must find a creative and courageous path that suits your personality and gives you the freedom to live your life, the way you want.
Stella Lincoln is currently working as a Project Leader and Marketing Strategist at Academist Help. Besides, she holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Stella is also a career advisor and writes a popular career blog at a renowned newspaper. She likes to travel around and interact with different people.