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Top 5 Reasons To Become Your Own Boss Before You Turn 40

Guest Blog from Jessica Nazarali
Everyone starts off wanting to be their own boss eventually, right? We have to start off on the bottom of the corporate ladder, of course, but we think, someday we’ll be the one making the decisions from the corner office. Then we get settled in, gain some expertise, and we realize it’s not as easy to get to the top rung on the corporate ladder as we might have thought.

The great news is that in today’s economy, where anyone can start a business online and make it a success if they make the right connections and choices, it is possible to be your own boss. Here are 5 reasons to leap from the ladder before you turn 40.

  1. Doing Things Your Way – Experience in the corporate world is a great thing, and I wouldn’t be the success I am today without it. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend going straight into business for yourself without getting some proper experience first. But what was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying going from that world into business for myself was that I was completely in charge and making all of the decisions. It took some adjusting, and it made me glad I made the leap when I did. Once I got used to complete freedom, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

  1. Getting More From Your Work – When I started my first business a few years back, part of my motivation was that I wanted more meaning from my work than I was getting from my corporate career. I got that in spades. Somehow, working for every dollar I make is so much more rewarding than just drawing a paycheck from a big corporation. Helping women one-on-one to realize their dreams is endlessly satisfying.

  1. More Time for What You Value – I love travel and it’s a big priority for me. But back when I was working in corporate, I was lucky if I could take one vacation each year with my husband. The hours just don’t allow for more than that. But since I’ve been in business for myself full time, I’ve traveled once each month to locations all around the world. I also can take a long lunch with girlfriends, knowing I can work a little later that day. I still work a lot of hours, but it’s on my schedule and from anywhere around the globe I happen to be.

  1. Flexibility For Family – Back when I was in college, I worked as a nanny for two families who both had two children under three. One mom was a fashion designer and worked full time. The other was lawyer and had her own business. While both families had their ups and downs, the mom who seemed the happiest was the one who had her own business. I knew then that when I eventually became a mom, I wanted to have the flexibility to take a sick baby to the doctor or watch my child’s ballet classes.

  1. Choose Your Own Salary – When you report to someone else, no matter how hard you work, your paycheck is most likely constrained by lots of parameters. As your own boss, you make money directly in relation to how hard – and smart – you work. Consequently, I’m making more money than I ever did in the corporate world! That’s not the case for everyone, of course. You need the right strategies to make your business a success, but once you have those in place, you’ll be amazed by how much money you can make for yourself.

Jessica Nazarali is the coach who inspires women create coaching businesses and build beautiful, personal brands. Find out how you can earn $27K in one month while working for yourself at

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