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17 reasons why being your own boss is the best

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Let’s not beat around the bush, most (if not all) of us have dreamt of working for ourselves, so Cosmo’s going to help you! Learn how to be your own boss from Kayla Itsines, Showpo founder Jane Lu and The Daily Edited co-founder Alyce Tran at Cosmopolitan's first ever 'Be the Boss' event.

related Hear from Kayla Itsines and more at Cosmo's 'Be the Boss' event – tickets on sale now! What’s so great about being your own boss, you ask? Well let’s begin at numero uno… 1. You choose the hours No one knows you better than you, so when it comes to productivity, you know what hours work best for you. Night owl? You can work all night and sleep all day.Want to start work at 10? Lunchtime? 6am? (ew). Well, you can! You can work really hard one day and give yourself a half day off the next. Coz when you’re the boss, you decide the working hours. Need to bolt off for a pub lunch doctor’s appointment? You can do that not worrying you’re pissing off the boss. Because YOU are the boss. What a time to be alive. 2. Create your own vision and work culture If you’re not like a regular boss and you’re a cool boss, you’re most likely a fan of a more liberal workplace, where people can rock up and rock out as long as they get their work done, right? Or perhaps you’re a fan of a more conservative culture, straight-laced and buckled in tight. Whatever your vibe, you can kick things off just how you want them from the get go. Rule with a soft or iron fist from day dot. Etc etc. Being a business owner allows you to set your sights on a goal and make it come to life. #Thedream via GIPHY 3. Work anywhere If you want to work from the beach/bar/bed, you can. And no one can tell you otherwise via GIPHY 4. Satisfaction Just cos the Rolling Stones can’t get no satisfaction, doesn’t mean you have to get none either. If we’ve got to work for most of our lives, we better make sure we’re fulfilled and starting a business you’re passionate about is probably the best GD way! 5. You choose who you work with You can create jobs, because Not only are you in charge of your own happiness, but you have the opportunity to employ others. Hits you right in the feels, doesn’t it? You know that feeling when you love what you do, but you can’t stand the people you do it alongside? That feeling ain’t a thing but a chicken wing when you choose your colleagues. Just like family, you can’t choose your colleagues…unless you’re the boss. Then you can do whatever the eff you want. via GIPHY 6. Make as much money as you want No longer will your pay be determined by the powers above. Payrise? You betcha. I mean, if you’re able to give yourself one… Put the effort in and reap the rewards. When you’re determining your own salary you can go as high or low as you seem appropriate (and can afford). And if you’ve kicked a bit of a goal or two during the year, that Christmas bonus is yours to be had. If you want it. You might want to kick some funds down to your loyal employees. Or both. Again, up to you. Again, what a time to be alive. Same goes for your job title - you can be Queen of the World, if you want. via GIPHY 7. Control over casual Friday Tired of your powersuit come Friday? Shake off those shoulder pads and embrace your personality by bringing back casual Fridays! It’s what all the k00L bosses do. 8. Every day is casual, if that’s yo vibe Further to that, if you want to wear army pants and flip flops all day erryday, who gon’ stop you, huhhhh? 9. Snackbox rules If you’re one of those bosses at one of those startups that has one of those awesome kitchens, you determine whether it stocks bran flakes or Coco Pops. And, no offence to bran (#keepsyouregularAF), Coco Pops are just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy. And the breakfast of legends. No, this is not an ad for Coco Pops, this writer just fcking loves Coco Pops, k? 10. You don’t have to answer to anyone Farewell annoying colleagues and demanding bosses. You answer to you. If you've ever dealt with a shitty boss, you know the feeling of having to go through with their shoddy decisions. Deal with that no more! For when you are running the ship, if you make a shoddy decision, well, you’ve only got yourself to blame, don’t you? And that makes you feel much better than blaming someone else, trust us. 11. You can’t get fired Fired? Pah! Unless you’re some masochist, you’ve got yourself a job for life when you’re your own boss. 12. You will become more resilient A challenge is always welcome... When your butt is on the line and you’re the only one stopping you from making more money you’re going to kick it up a notch to get the goods. There’ll probably be times where you’ll want to throw in the towel, but at the end of the day, it’ll only make you a more resilient person. Not to mention far more disciplined. via GIPHY 13. And more motivated If you’re one of those people that take work home with you – leeeeet's be honest, if you’re your own boss, odds are some #worklyfe is going to merge into your #homelyfe – you’re bound to have that determination to get.shit.done in all other areas. For time is money. And when you’re wasting time, you’re wasting money. And when you’re in charge of the money, you have to make it. Logic. via GIPHY 14. You get shotgun Imagine walking into a bare office and having a smorgesboard of desks to choose from. That’s the feeling of being da bawws, right there. Still counts if you’re merely walking into your loungeroom. As I said, your rules, homie. 15. Being the manager of a successful team is one hot-diggity-dog feeling If you’re your own boss and you are in charge of a kick-A team, when do well, you feel like you've contributed simply by choosing them in the first place. Who says bosses have big heads, eh? 16. You’re creating a story and leaving a legacy And be damned if people won’t write about you in the future. 17. Inspire other women and pay it forward According to entrepreneur.com 65% of women entrepreneurs reinvest their business earnings to continue future business growth. via GIPHY Now go forth and prosper, you funky little dynamos. RELATED: 14 Aussie entrepreneurs to inspire the hell out of you *RELATED: So, you wanna be your own boss?

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Hear from Kayla Itsines and more at Cosmo's 'Be the Boss' event – tickets on sale now!

Hear from Kayla Itsines and more at Cosmo's 'Be the Boss' event – tickets on sale now!

What’s so great about being your own boss, you ask? Well let’s begin at numero uno…

1. You choose the hours

No one knows you better than you, so when it comes to productivity, you know what hours work best for you. Night owl? You can work all night and sleep all day.Want to start work at 10? Lunchtime? 6am? (ew). Well, you can! You can work really hard one day and give yourself a half day off the next. Coz when you’re the boss, you decide the working hours. Need to bolt off for a pub lunch doctor’s appointment? You can do that not worrying you’re pissing off the boss. Because YOU are the boss. What a time to be alive.

2. Create your own vision and work culture

If you’re not like a regular boss and you’re a cool boss, you’re most likely a fan of a more liberal workplace, where people can rock up and rock out as long as they get their work done, right? Or perhaps you’re a fan of a more conservative culture, straight-laced and buckled in tight. Whatever your vibe, you can kick things off just how you want them from the get go. Rule with a soft or iron fist from day dot. Etc etc.

Being a business owner allows you to set your sights on a goal and make it come to life. #Thedream

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3. Work anywhere

If you want to work from the beach/bar/bed, you can.

And no one can tell you otherwise

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4. Satisfaction

Just cos the Rolling Stones can’t get no satisfaction, doesn’t mean you have to get none either. If we’ve got to work for most of our lives, we better make sure we’re fulfilled and starting a business you’re passionate about is probably the best GD way!

5. You choose who you work with

You can create jobs, because Not only are you in charge of your own happiness, but you have the opportunity to employ others. Hits you right in the feels, doesn’t it?

You know that feeling when you love what you do, but you can’t stand the people you do it alongside? That feeling ain’t a thing but a chicken wing when you choose your colleagues. Just like family, you can’t choose your colleagues…unless you’re the boss. Then you can do whatever the eff you want.

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6. Make as much money as you want

No longer will your pay be determined by the powers above. Payrise? You betcha. I mean, if you’re able to give yourself one… Put the effort in and reap the rewards.

When you’re determining your own salary you can go as high or low as you seem appropriate (and can afford). And if you’ve kicked a bit of a goal or two during the year, that Christmas bonus is yours to be had. If you want it. You might want to kick some funds down to your loyal employees. Or both. Again, up to you. Again, what a time to be alive. Same goes for your job title - you can be Queen of the World, if you want.

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7. Control over casual Friday

Tired of your powersuit come Friday? Shake off those shoulder pads and embrace your personality by bringing back casual Fridays! It’s what all the k00L bosses do.

8. Every day is casual, if that’s yo vibe

Further to that, if you want to wear army pants and flip flops all day erryday, who gon’ stop you, huhhhh?

9. Snackbox rules

If you’re one of those bosses at one of those startups that has one of those awesome kitchens, you determine whether it stocks bran flakes or Coco Pops. And, no offence to bran (#keepsyouregularAF), Coco Pops are just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy. And the breakfast of legends.

No, this is not an ad for Coco Pops, this writer just fcking loves Coco Pops, k?*

10. You don’t have to answer to anyone

Farewell annoying colleagues and demanding bosses. You answer to you.

If you've ever dealt with a shitty boss, you know the feeling of having to go through with their shoddy decisions. Deal with that no more! For when you are running the ship, if you make a shoddy decision, well, you’ve only got yourself to blame, don’t you? And that makes you feel much better than blaming someone else, trust us.

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11. You can’t get fired

Fired? Pah!

Unless you’re some masochist, you’ve got yourself a job for life when you’re your own boss.

12. You will become more resilient

A challenge is always welcome... When your butt is on the line and you’re the only one stopping you from making more money you’re going to kick it up a notch to get the goods.

There’ll probably be times where you’ll want to throw in the towel, but at the end of the day, it’ll only make you a more resilient person. Not to mention far more disciplined.

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13. And more motivated

If you’re one of those people that take work home with you – leeeeet's be honest, if you’re your own boss, odds are some #worklyfe is going to merge into your #homelyfe – you’re bound to have that determination to get.shit.done in all other areas. For time is money. And when you’re wasting time, you’re wasting money. And when you’re in charge of the money, you have to make it. Logic.

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14. You get shotgun

Imagine walking into a bare office and having a smorgesboard of desks to choose from. That’s the feeling of being da bawws, right there. Still counts if you’re merely walking into your loungeroom. As I said, your rules, homie.

15. Being the manager of a successful team is one hot-diggity-dog feeling

If you’re your own boss and you are in charge of a kick-A team, when do well, you feel like you've contributed simply by choosing them in the first place. Who says bosses have big heads, eh?

16. You’re creating a story and leaving a legacy

And be damned if people won’t write about you in the future.

17. Inspire other women and pay it forward

According to entrepreneur.com 65% of women entrepreneurs reinvest their business earnings to continue future business growth.

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Now go forth and prosper, you funky little dynamos.