One phrase that always comes up when I’m chatting with my friends and colleagues whom own their own businesses is “I am just so unemployable.” Why do so many business owners and freelancers believe they are unemployable? Let’s dissect this below:
- We recognize the value in knocking off top priorities and checking out for the day.
- We are comfortable going for a run, walk, hike, lunch date in the middle of the day as a way to clear our heads for fresh perspective.
- Even though we’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico, and across the US, we haven’t taken a REAL vacation in years.
- We don’t understand why people bog themselves down in minute tasks that should be outsourced.
- 98% of the time we don’t set an alarm in the morning (if you are a morning person) or go to bed at a decent time (if you are a night owl) because we know when we get the best work done in our daily schedule.
- We choose only to work with clients who understand that sometimes little Suzie or Johnny needs to come to our meetings.
- We cut out time every week to further our own education.
- When we feel the most successful, our values are aligned with the work on our plate.
I don’t know, if I had an employee like this, I think I’d jump for joy! The problem is that so many businesses require 8 hours a day. It is a way to build a strong culture and often those who are first into the office and last to leave make a lasting impression on management about how committed they are to the organization. Surely as an employee, you can’t outsource those small repetitive tasks – or can you?
Running your own business takes perseverance. Every day you need to make a choice about how you will spend your time. It’s easy to get side-tracked by “shiny object syndrome” or those small tasks that don’t actually result in return. But if you jump all in, you may in fact find that you will never be employable again.
Do you find yourself thinking that you are unemployable even though you work harder than anyone else you know?