In today’s world, everyone is working. Some people work multiple jobs, some work from large companies, or some work for “mom and pop” shops. While these are the more popular, consistent routes to employment, some choose a less traditional route, challenging that individual’s entrepreneurship skills. I am speaking about self-employment versus traditional employment, and how each type has its advantages and disadvantages. I want to shed light on my experience in both traditional and self-employment to help guide an individual on which type of employment would suit them best.
The majority of people in the United states work traditional jobs because it’s the societal norm. You grow up being taught to find a company to work for. As a person who has previously had a traditional job, these are a few of the advantages and disadvantages.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10% of a people in the United States are self-employed. Choosing a self-employed position frees you from the restrictions of traditional jobs, however, it comes with more responsibility. Being currently self-employed I will list my personal experiences as to the advantages and disadvantages.
I personally chose to work for myself just because I wanted more control and to create my own career path. Choosing to be self-employed or go the traditional route all depends on what challenges you are willing to accept in your career through motivation and perseverance to make your dreams a reality.