What does being your own boss actually mean?

​In the first week of term we are running a roadshow with the theme ‘be your own boss’ so I decided to explore this concept in more detail in this post. What does being your own boss actually mean? 

Typically, the term is associated with self-employment, freelancing or starting a business. Being your own boss in this context often sounds like an attractive option – you get to work on your own terms, choose your working hours and you only have to answer to yourself. For many entrepreneurs, the most attractive thing of all about being their own boss is the opportunity to do something that they love. 

Our Business Start-up Manager Lee Sharma has recently left the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship to concentrate full-time on his social enterprise Simply Do – which includes a start-up accelerator and other resources and tools for young entrepreneurs. Lee commented: “I’ve heard so many people say they want to start a business or that they have a great idea. The vast majority of these people never do anything about this and then kick themselves when they see someone else with their idea on Dragons’ Den. If you’re ever going to be your own boss then you simply have to get on and do something about making your idea a reality. You can be working on it in the evenings and on weekends even while you’re studying or working. You don’t want to be one of ‘those people’ that regrets not doing something now do you?”   

Giving up the ‘day job’ and ‘going it alone’ can be a scary prospect for some and not everyone wants to work for themselves but I feel that whichever career path you choose whether it be self-employment; working for someone else or freelancing, we can all be our own boss.  

For me, that means being in charge of your career, making the right decisions for you and choosing to do something that you love. We spend such a large part of our day in work – doesn’t it make sense to fill that time with something that makes you really happy?

So many times we hear of people getting ‘caught in the trap’ of aiming for the job with the best pay or a high status even if they don’t enjoy the job itself. My message to anyone reading this blog post is to do what makes you happy – find a job that you love, take charge of your career and choose the career path that is right for you. If you decide to start a business – make it a business that’s centred-around something that you’re truly passionate about. If you decide to get a job – remember you’re in charge of your career and if you’re not happy – you have the power to change it. Do what makes you happy – be your own boss. ​​

Blog post by Lauren Davies, Entrepreneurship Coordinator 
September 2014