Job or Business?

Philippines
May 28, 2008 11:40am CST
Would you rather stay in a good high paying job, with less responsibility, than have your own business to manage?
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7 responses
@greenline (14848)
• Canada
28 May 08
It is always better to have your own business and manage it. One will have the freedom and independence. It is however necessary to do a good research to see the potentials of your line of business. One needs to take some time for that. In the mean time, one has to stay on the high paying job ! Best wishes !
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@babostwick (2037)
• United States
28 May 08
I actually did start my own but mostly it's an online business. I work from home since the job market is hard to find any work at least for my area. The only items I had to pay for out of my pocket would be for my domain but that's about it. Mine is a web site building and also writing based business. I know it's a strange combination but it's something I do and right now I do all the work. As far as would I take a job, well that depends on job security and the salary to see if it would be worth it. Of course, travelling could play a role and location but that depends. Maybe take both together could work if done properly and managed right. The major disadvantage to a job is the possibility of a layoff and not being able to another job.
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@tigertang (1749)
• Singapore
29 May 08
I think it all depends on what you want in life. Like you, I became self-employed and then registered by business because I could not get a job. My family members also suggested that I was better of working for someone else and learning from them and then latter on going out on my own. However, I've found that I'm not very good as an employee. It's like you place yourself under all sorts of restrictions. Job security and a regular pay cheque comes with a price. Its like when you are employed, you know that there is a guanrenteed pay cheque at the end of the month. However, you are obliged to do everything your employer wants. You may have to work on ten or tweleve projects just to justify your salary to the company you work for. However, when you are on your own, you just need to work on one or two projects. Of course, not having a regular pay cheque is tough because bills still need to be paid and you have to find ways to get money regarless of whether you get paid or not. But I think you just need to learn to discipline yourself in your financial activities.
• United States
30 May 08
I agree right there. It will come down to what you fit best at and what is the most profitable in the end. At the end of the day, only you can decide if it would be worth it. I think with an actual degree, it might help because for myself I've been doing all my learning on a self-taught basis but that's another story for another time.
@LouieWpHs04 (4556)
• United States
28 May 08
I would rather manage my own business. I really don't like working under people. I'm more of a managerial type of person then one to take orders from someone else! Maybe stick with a parttimer job though, but probably only for the benefits that it may have.
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@jillbeth (2710)
• United States
28 May 08
Well, there are benefits to both. I had a job with a good salary for many years, and good fringe benefits like insurance and paid vacations. I put my eight hours a day in, and got to go home to relax. You know you have a regular paycheck coming. Now I own a business and find it is much more than just a 9 to 5 job, no insurance, no benefits. It is nice being able to set my own schedule, though. The problem with that is that my kids think I am free to babysit for them whenever they need me so I had to draw a line there. No regular paychecks, how much I earn depends upon how efficiently I work, and money comes in sporadically. So having done both, there are times I almost miss my old job! Less pressure, regular money.
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@kaezy_kulet (2465)
• Philippines
30 May 08
i would like to have my own bussiness..having your own bussiness means that you are the boss of yourself..you wont feel any pressure from your boss,you will have the freedom to do what you want to do..to bring out new things you want to do in your bussiness.
@edx111 (21)
• Jamaica
29 May 08
Own business, every time. But then, I've been hustling on my own for most of my life; this would be a tough question for those who are used to working for the boss and getting a monthly paycheck. Going on your own, you depend on no-one but yourself for your paycheck, and the thought can be daunting, its not for everyone, but the rewards can make the boss's paycheck look like pocket change, if you have a goal and work assiduously towards it
• Canada
28 May 08
I like the idea of owning a business much beter than just having a job. I'd rather be in control o things, even with the extra responsibility, than have to answer to a boss, supervisor, or some other authority figure.