The average person checks their social media at least 17 times a day – which in turn is almost equivalent to every waking hour in the day.
When we get up, we check in on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and post a selfie before we even brush our teeth.
It doesn’t matter what time I check my Instagram or Facebook, my timeline is always flooded with self-proclaimed entrepreneurs – you know those people that don’t work 9-5’s and try to sell the entrepreneurship lifestyle to anyone that will listen.
In this new era, everybody is screaming “I’m an entrepreneur” but honestly the reality is that everybody isn’t meant to be an entrepreneur. Everybody doesn’t have that type of hustle ingrained in them and are not built to own their own business – and that is okay. Just because you work 9-5 doesn’t make you less of a girlboss or successful in your own line of work.
There is nothing wrong with working for a company as long as you work hard to be the best at what you do and are never complacent. There are so many misconceptions that people have about working 9-5’s and it causes people to run away from careers and companies that they were destined to work with. In my 9-5 (Well 5-6:30), I’m not sitting at a desk all day, staring at a computer, and sending unnecessary emails. I’m doing rewarding work everyday, and I am living out my dream of saving lives and making a difference – and I do a damn good job at it too! Even outside of my 9-5, I am able to indulge in my hobby of writing every night because my work schedule is consistent and conducive to my lifestyle.
Despite what you may gather from self-proclaimed entrepreneurs on social media, you can still be popping with a 9-5. Listed below are my top 5 reasons why working a 9-5 can be the bomb.com.
1.) A CONSISTENT, WEEKLY SCHEDULE
The theme for the year is being balanced, not busy – it is something that I have heard all over my Instagram feed. It is important that you find a way to be balanced and not busy in your life and learn how to be consistent as well. Everyday, I know exactly what time I will go to work, and what time I will leave because my consistent schedule allows me to. If you are an entrepreneur, you can still find a way to have a consistent schedule, but it becomes easier when you already know exactly what time your work starts and ends so that you can make room for other things.
2.) THE LUXURY OF BEING OFF AND GETTING PAID ON HOLIDAYS
When the holidays roll around and I am able to press snooze on my alarm a few extra times, watch The Real, chomp down on some pancakes, and then go back to bed for a mid-morning nap whenever I like. With most companies, depending on your position, you will have paid time off during the holidays. Throughout the year I work hella hard so I love it when paid holidays roll around because it gives me the time off that I need.
3.) WEEKENDS ARE NORMALLY FREE
Who doesn’t love a good mimosa and a bomb brunch? I know I do! As I mentioned before, one thing that I love about having a normal schedule is that I have weekends off so I am able to take care of my own business, partake in my favorite hobbies, and of course have a mimosa (or two, or three) at my favorite brunch spots.
4.) WORK NORMALLY STAYS AT WORK
Now this can vary depending on what type of 9-5 that you have, but for many 9-5 type of jobs, once you leave at 5pm, then it is okay to leave “work at work.” You won’t get in trouble if you are not answering emails on the weekend or after hours, and often you will not be expected to bring projects home. I would advise that if you have your email connected to your cell phone, try your best to not check emails until you are back at work. If you don’t, it defeats the purpose of having a simple 9-5 schedule because you go from working 40 hours a week to 24/7.
5.) YOU CAN GET PRACTICE AND THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED IN BUSINESS, BEFORE STARTING YOUR OWN.
So while you are working your 9-5, let’s say you do want to one day pursue your hobby full time, or partner with a friend in their business. If this is the case, you can get valuable experience in your own 9-5 job and you can apply what you learn to your own endeavors. Even if you don’t desire on being an entrepreneur, you can still get quality experience and knowledge on running a business without the heavy duty of being fully responsible.
If you didn’t already, I hope you see that having a 9-5 can be just as great and rewarding as being an entrepreneur. Often times, I don’t think we give enough credit to our careers and our own successes in these spaces. As I mentioned before, everybody isn’t built to be an entrepreneur and this is okay. You can be great in your own career path and can still make a difference.