«Home

Is It Better To Be Your Own Boss?

In this age would you like to be your own boss?Have your own business where you call the shots considering the ups and downs associated with such ventures?

Avatar
Newbie
33 answers

Being on your own could be the primary target of all nigerians working and living in Nigeria, because our system don't have a solid system to care take of the future of the people. For any vocation you decide on; the first rule is to learn everything about it either by attending training seminal, asking questions and discussion with professional in the field. The beginning would always be rough but the knowledge could be highly rewarding. Moreover we should remember that if you are working somewhere now, there would be a time you'll need to leave the job or the job would leave you.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Hell YES. and it ain't 4 the chicken.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Hey, nobody that wouldn't like to be the master of his own artistery. Working on my own has been my greatest dream to come. Though i work now to make some cash because i know that i am creative and will make it working for myself.

There is this joy attached to it not for the money, but you will utilize your time very well.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Yup

i think its better to be your own boss. But with the experience of havin worked under someone before.

0
Avatar
Newbie

[color=#770077][/color]Of course its better to be your own boss! Think about it come and go as you please you decide if and when you want to go to work and not to mention pay.

0
Avatar
Newbie

They say the American dream is no longer owning your home but owning your own (succesful) business.

I agree too!!.

It me dream too.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I prefer to do both actually. I love the exposure, challenge, social aspect, flexibilty, income, and opportunites to collaborate that I enjoy with my emplyer, at the same time, I also love the flexibility of earning and generating income, on my own terms, via a venture I have going on, I'm having fun right now. However, ultimately, I think I'll focus on doing my own thing. They say the American dream is no longer owning your home but owning your own (succesful) business. I agree.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Not really better, most people work best with a leader in charge. Many work best as team players. This being the boss idea is only prevalent in Nigeria/Africa where unemployment is rife. In developed countries, the issue is not about being the boss but about being productive in your endeavour whether as the boss or not. In nigeria where almost everyone is the boss of a million and one roadside conpanies, how has that improved the economy? much of the economy is carried on the backs of the same giant multinationals we all love to hate, we remain a consumerist nation, sprouting new pseudo companies that are not viable either because of unemployment or just because we love being the boss. There are not that many "bosses" in developed countries and yet their economies are far superior.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Itz definitely better but really challenging, it requires your extra time, strength and everything but since the money is coming you can still relax

0
Avatar
Newbie

i prefer to be my own boss, but u got to learn the techniques on how da business you into works well if not, men 4get it

0
Avatar
Newbie

it is better but if working under another person gets me enough cash then i wudnt mind but it gott@ be a very big company.

being your own boss is really nice. you are the boss and the rest are your workers. you call the shots and they take the hit.

0
Avatar
Newbie

i guess it depends on what u would like to do, i definitely would love to reach the high ranks but being my own boss, it doesnt sound too appealin to me. i would love a partner maybe, someone to share ideas with, to discuss decisions, a shoulder to cry over wrong decisions with, so i guess, im not so crazy about being my own boss.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Been doing my own thing the last 3 years and i am loving it, wondered why I did not make this move years ago. visit my website at www.justintimeservices.net

0
Avatar
Newbie

I'm my own boss n i'm loving it!!!!!

0
Avatar
Newbie

Yes.

- Post your scripts on Nairaland to get more exposure.

- Go for a business with more customers. (TV advertising? School dramas with product placement?)

0
Avatar
Newbie

Encouraging words from you guys but in my quest to be my own boss(started as a script writer)it has been WAR.Most times you go penniless friends look at me as if am weird they say stuffs like this 'you're wasting your time look at us we graduated together we have good jobs yet you're still struggling'.Words like this makes one feel so ALONE.Is there a way out?

0
Avatar
Newbie

And you are ready to be working or thinkg about work at any and every time of your day

0
Avatar
Newbie

@2cents

I wonder if u knew how much u touched my life here ? ----- just yesterday I sat down for more than a couple of hours and actually drew out a plan of starting a 'particular' part-time self-employed work . but this line of yours made me totally change my mind. of course I'd always start using this as a bottom point . and I've just sincerely asked myself if I'd be bold enough to boast about it-----. THANKS ONCE AGAIN.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Being your own boss is really worth giving a second thought by anybody doing paid job presently,like robert kiyasoki said in "rich dad poor dad" paid job should be done for some time then left so as to be able to manage one's life very well. take for instance most of the so called paid workers in lag who works day in day out to earn a salary monthly,they wake as early as 5am to rush to the office,come back as late as 10-11pm everyday.For how long do they want to live such type of life?

Some hardly knows their children,then we complain that their is no morals again in the country,why would there be when the parents who should teach their children these morals are busy trying to keep their jobs?

Being your own boss has more than enough advantages; it give you the freedom to determine what you earn 'cos you control your business drives urself,ideas don't die in you becos a boss does not give you the freehand to operate, you have the time to do what you feel at all time to make you successful in life, you don't rest assured that you will be paid at the end of the month(oga ta,oga oo ta ,owo alaru aa pe),you feel the need to put in more effort into your business ideas 'cos u know if you don't do that you will not be able to put food on the table for your family(unless you are the weakling type).

so wake up today and do what u have to do,paid job is not all the best for youuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! Be your own BOSS.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Yea, the answer can only be the same, YES! Like I often said while iin higher institution, I study not to be employed but to employ. Unfortunately, my father was a civil servant with no other income-source, and I know what stories I have to tell as a result. It's only a bufoon that will be a slave for life. Even in the  bible, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc were all enterpreneurs. Even, God himself passed a law that every slave be freed in the year of Jubilee. That means slavery in service(salaried job) is designed to end after a while.

So men, we got to think aloud. No doubt, with the Naija situation, it's hard to start one's own, but even if we have to work awhile, let it be a while.

But if u must be a boss, prepare to be a good one. Get the skills, get the knowledge, get the humility, and industry. Learn to be self-motivated, focused,vast, and optmistic. As for me, there is no going back, I'm bound to not only be on my own, but further improve the economy by employing labour. Even then, I will be a limit to the number of years you can work under me, say less than 20 yrs; i'll primarily encourage my staff (my cash, awards and capacity building) to work in readiness for their own business- that way, i will always have fresh ideas and no room for power tussle. I think that's the way it ought to be.

Again, I'll be my own boss someday, not long. Lov U guys!

0
Avatar
Newbie

yeah,,seun i agree with you, for anybody that aspires to be wealthy, he/she must not stay long in paid employment.

0
Avatar
Newbie

Well i think it is best to be self employed. There is a lot of talk about the pay package in the Oil & communications industries, but the truth is that Salaries, no matter how large, can only at the very best make you comfortable. if you have plans of being wealthy, dont stay too long in paid employment

0
Avatar
Newbie

I think MY2Cents said it all. In as much as being the boss is fun and wise; you have to consider your situation. But start 'small' when you can, and 'big' if you can and be consistent and persevere ; those have been the watch-words of many great entrepreneurs. That way , the end result should be your dream!!!!!

0
Avatar
Newbie

2 cents i quite agreee wit u, tnx bro

0
Avatar
Newbie

Here is what I tell pple:

If you are in some form of tertiary institution:

Get a job, work for some time and get the experience (and save money too), start small (50-50), then after 5 or so years, then go big time.

If not:

Go for it. worst-case, you fail. It is better to try and fail, than not to try at all.

If you are in school: do something on the side. The money may be small, but it sure beats having to ask Dad for wazo to buy pants, abi? When I was in SS3, I started a small shop in front of our house with N9 (Cabin biscuit, toffee and groundnut, Yeah, that was 1990). It ended up taking our whole garage by the time I left for Nigeria in 1993. So, with dedication, it can be done.

Bottomline, you will work harder than you would working for someone. But at the end of the day, you don't answer to anyone. You set your own hours and when you count the money, you will be smiling big time.

Finally, I end with something I read about 4 yrs ago: If you are not proud enough to tell your friends and family what you do for a living, then you are not ready to be self-employed. Humility is key.

That's my 2 cents

0
Avatar
Newbie

Definitely by the Grace of Almighty God,,i will be my own Boss later in life, Now,im going tru the learning process as a manager, Glory be to God in the Highest.

0
Avatar
Newbie

i love been in control so definetely yes!!!!!!!

0
Avatar
Newbie

DEFINITELY. it has ALL the advantages if you are really successfully---in all, you only answer to YOURSELF! what can be better than that?

0
Avatar
Newbie

I'll prefer to be my own boss.

0
Avatar
Newbie

i would love to be my own boss. But i wouldnt mind working for someone is the CA$H is good.

0
Avatar
Newbie

I prefer it. If you don't enjoy the thrill and the fulfilment of being the one making the most important decisions and being the one to blame when anything goes wrong then neither self-employment nor entrepreneurship is for you.

0
Avatar
Newbie

WHY NOT. If what i'll be earning is more than what i'm earning now.

0
Avatar
Newbie
Your answer
Add image

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.