Independent. That is a word I have always used to describe myself. From the time I could say the word, it has been important to take care of myself.
To me, independence always meant financial independence.
Recently, though, I have realized that independence is about so much more than money. In fact, I think the money is the least important part of it.
Today, I see independence as being in control of my life. It means owning my time, being my own authority, making decisions that impact all aspects of life.
I want all of that control.
And I want all women to have that control over their own lives.
How does it happen?
I believe this kind of independence happens by being your own boss.
That may seem contrary to the traditional wisdom that independence comes from an IRA and savings account. Owning a business is too risky. It might fail.
I think it’s the opposite. I think working for other people, helping them reach their dreams instead of following your own is too risky.
I remember the days of my boss watching the clock to track the number of hours I worked rather than the quality of the work I produced. I remember spending hours in the car commuting, too tired when I got home to have a life. I remember the men with families who made more for doing less just because they had a family to support. I remember a VP telling my about his holiday trip to Tahiti knowing that I’d be working that entire holiday weekend.
No thank you. Life is too short.
I have been a business owner for 15 years, and I will never go back. I think business ownership gives women complete freedom and control over their lives. When you are your own boss:
In short, you are in control of your destiny.
I believe that if the thought of owning your own business has ever crossed your mind, then go for it.
Starting a business does not need to be all or nothing—you can significantly reduce the risk by going slow. My advice to create a solid business that gives you the independence you crave is to get your foundation set before you jump in full time.
Doing these three things will reduce the risk and increase the reward.
And, of course, have fun while your planning your career revolution. Because a big piece of independence is the pure fun it opens up for you in your life.