5 Mental Health Benefits of Owning an Online Business
Mark was an investment banker who works very hard, always at work by 8 and closes by 5. He didn’t actually like his job because it was so stressful and demanding, he comes back home exhausted and upset. But he had to work to take care of his family. He didn’t have much choice as unemployment was high, better job opportunities were very scarce.
To make things worse, his boss wasn’t a really nice person. He pushes his employees to the limit and threaten to fire them. He had fired many already. With all the odds standing against him, Mark felt crushed and mentally crippled.
Mark wanted something better, he knew he deserved better for all the extra effort he has been putting for the company. He decided to invest the little time had between 6am and 8am to start a side hustle.
Before long, Mark started his own business online, making a lot of money monthly. He stepped up to his boss one day and gave in his resignation letter. People were surprised that he decided to quit. But he knew what he got up his sleeves.
This post is about 5 mental health benefits of owning an online business. Let’s find out how owning a business could help Mark’s mental well-being.
The mental health benefits of owning an online business are:
1.You’re the BOSS
Let’s start with this first ‘you’re the boss’. Do you know how exhilarating that sounds? The power behind that statement? When you’re are you own boss, you can do whatever you want, however you wish to.
Having your own business gives you a satisfaction and boosts your self-confidence. It makes you happy and have this sense of security. When you’re the boss, no one can fire you (or let you go, as they “mildly” put it). You make the calls.
When you own your business, you have all the freedom and time in the world. You got freedom to spend more time with your family, hangout with friends and do lots more.
Being employed by someone else limits your freedom, you leave home for work early and come back late. (I am not a fan of 9-5 or 8-4 jobs)
As the boss, you decide when you want to work and when you want to just rest. To me, freedom is one of the coolest things about owning a business.
3. Less Stress
It is an established scientific fact that stress is bad, both for your mental and physical health. Did you know that stress contributes to a lot of illnesses?
It is kind of sad that a lot of employers don’t put that into consideration. When you push people a lot, they don’t perform well, so why bother?
Well, goodness, if you own your business, you don’t have to worry about stress. You can take it easy and do things at your own phase.
One of the things about being employed by someone is that you get held back from exploring and experimenting. Most bosses tend to be skeptical and don’t want to take chances. And on the other hand, employees are ‘shy’ (mostly afraid) of being initiative because of the cloud that hovers over their heads. The cloud being the fear of getting fired or getting they ideas rejected. Urgh.
Like come on, being creative isn’t a sin.
Well, if you are the boss, you can experiment and try out a lot of things and business models for more profit.
5. Take Care of Your Health
When you have the freedom of time, you get more time to focus on your health. No one wants to get out of shape or age more than necessary. Staying fit is very good for the body.
With all the time you want in your hand, you can sign up for gym membership, workout, eat well and healthy.
On the contrary, being employed by someone puts a rope on your time. You have little time for yourself, talk less of doing things to stay fit and healthy.
Your mental health is very important and you should try your best to take care of it. We tend to ignore our mental health and focus more on the physical.
So I’m capping this post with a kind of mental health awareness shoutout. Don’t overlook mental distress, talk to someone, get help.