1. Advantages of Business Ownership
2. Disadvantages of Business Ownership
3. Summary and Considerations

To experience the major benefits of business ownership, you must have the courage to take a risk at starting a venture. The success of the venture is rewarding and comes with many advantages including independence, financial rewards, and learning opportunities.

Advantages of Business Ownership

Independence

As a business owner, you are the boss and you can't be fired. With the position comes freedom to make the decisions you feel are right to move your business forward.

Lifestyle

A business owner has the advantage of choosing when and where you work, which can be whatever days and hours suit you. If you choose to set up your business in a home office, that is your call since you are the person in charge.

Financial Rewards

You have the opportunity to make more money with your own business keeping in mind you'll benefit from working hard.

Learning Opportunities

The hands-on experience that comes with owning your own business allows you to learn many business processes and functions you might otherwise not have access to.

Creative Freedom and Personal Satisfaction

  • You'll work in a field you find interesting.
  • You'll use your skills and knowledge.
  • You'll gain personal satisfaction from implementing your creative ideas.
  • You'll have the opportunity to work directly with customers.
  • You can watch your business succeed.

Control

While you may be the boss, there will be times when someone tells you what to do (such as suppliers, vendors, and customers). The good news is that you have choices in these situations and you're the one who will make the decision, not your employer.

Helping Others

As a business owner, you provide two important benefits. The first is the opportunity to help your customers and clients. The second is by creating jobs in your community.

Disadvantages of Business Ownership

While there are plenty of ups with business ownership, there are also some risks to consider.

Financial Risk

Be prepared for an extensive need for financial resources to start, grow, and propel your business to a level of success. This may include tapping into your life's savings, mortgaging your home, or getting a loan with no guarantee of an income, especially when the business is just getting started. If the business does not go well, you stand to lose financially.

Stress

The stress of being a business owner can be significant. There are numerous things you, as the owner, are responsible for, such as competition, bills, equipment repair and replacement, employee payroll, employee well-being, and customer issues.

Time Commitment

The idea that you'll have more time as a business owner is not necessarily true. Running a business is time-consuming. The thought that you can take off whenever you want is not realistic. There's more than a good chance you'll have less time as a business owner than you would if you were working for someone else and had regular work hours.

A 40-hour workweek as a business owner is most likely not going to occur. Vacations may or may not happen, and there's the potential they'll be interrupted by business issues.

Undesirable Duties

With the startup of a new business, you will be responsible for doing just about everything necessary, which includes all the paperwork, detail work, ordering, managing, hiring, and firing employees.

In a survey of small business owners and corporate executives by the Cicco and Associates and "The Wall Street Journal," it was concluded that small business owners have a rewarding and satisfying experience in their business environment.

Summary and Considerations

Summary

A summary of the major benefits of starting and owning your own business includes the following:

  • An opportunity to gain and be in control of one's own destiny.
  • The chance to make a difference.
  • The personal journey to reach your full potential.
  • The opportunity to reap unlimited profits from your hard work.
  • Recognition for your efforts and contribution to society.
  • The ability to live the life that provides fulfillment.

Considerations

There are benefits to starting your own business, but there is also the possibility it may not succeed. Some things to consider include:

  • Assess your strengths and your weaknesses, then ask yourself if you are a good candidate for self-employment.
  • Determine what the startup costs will be, then decide if you can meet the financial burden of starting a business on your own or if you would need a loan or other sources of financing.
  • Research the marketplace and evaluate the competition and determine where your business fits in.
  • Outline your business goals with a focus on what you want to accomplish and what will constitute success.

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