Would you like to work from home and be your own boss? Would you like to start up a money making website, or have a successful online business? Or even working for yourself offline?
So why don’t you? Maybe you aren’t sure of what you want to do. There’s lots of ideas on the internet, just do a search for some. Maybe you can’t afford to just quit your job and startup a business. I wouldn’t recommend you do that anyway; instead try to start something on the side and work on it in your spare time until you get it going to where you can quit your job.
Or maybe you are afraid that it is just too expensive to start a business from home and work online or for yourself.
That’s why I’ve come up with a little list of 15 ways that it actually pays you to work for yourself. When you have a job and work for someone else, you have expenses that maybe you don’t even consider.
So, in no particular order, here are 15 ways you can save money by working for yourself:
1. Save money on work clothes – no more expensive suits, shoes, ties, pants, etc
2. Save money on lunches – if you spend just $5 a day for lunch out, that’s $100 per month you are spending.
3. Gas – how much do you spend commuting to work, or if you have a sales job, driving around all day?
4. Association fees – some jobs require their employees to maintain association memberships
5. Union dues – Same as # 4
6. Desk rental fees – Can you believe some jobs actually require their employees to pay for the privilege of having a desk at the office? Realtors, insurance agents to name a few.
7. Car maintenance – if your job requires a long commute, or a lot of miles on the road during the day, how much extra wear and tear is your car getting?
8. Lunches with clients – this will certainly cost you more than $5 a meal, and not everyone has a corporate expense account or gets reimbursed
9. Office gift giving – how many times have you had to pitch in to by the boss a gift, the secretary a gift, someone who is having a birthday a gift?
10. Pay yourself – how much more money could you make if you kept all the profits yourself? If you are in sales, you are making money for someone else when you could be keeping all the profits for yourself
11. Professional upkeep – for personal maintenance, things such as hair, nails, etc. Sure, those might be things you’d do anyway, but maybe not as often
12. Lost time during commutes – in some cities it is not uncommon for the average worker to commute 1-2 hours to work – one way! If you spent just 2 hours driving to work and back each day, that’s 40 hours in one month, or the equivalent of one full week of work! Know what, that’s time you lose and you don’t get paid for it. Do you think that’s worth something?
13. Cell phone bills – see #12 above…what are you doing during that long commute? Talking on the cell phone?
14. Overnight stays – some jobs keep you on the road, or require you to attend out of town training. Not all jobs reimburse for that as well.
15. And one of the biggest ways you can save money – tax write-offs! People who start a business and work for themselves have a load of deductions they can take on their taxes.
This is definitely not a complete list, but just a little something to get you thinking. There are ways you can start a website making money online for very little to no cost. There are low-cost franchises you can check into. You could even take a look at what it would take to do what you are doing right now, but as an independent contractor or out on your own.
The key is to start looking now. Put a plan together, work on it in your spare time and build it up to the day when you can finally have your business from home, make money online really and enjoy the rewards of being your own boss!
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