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The 4th of July is a time to reflect on our independence. It’s also a time for aspiring entrepreneurs to think about how much freedom they have in their own lives. While starting a small business has its challenges, taking that leap of faith can give you the freedom you’ve been missing in your work life.

Build your own schedule

Small business ownership awards you the freedom of flexibility. As the owner of a business, you’re not locked into a 9-to-5 work day. You get to decide when and where you work based on what’s best for your lifestyle. For example, business owners may choose to work from home so they can spend more time with family. You can also customize work hours to fit around other obligations in your schedule. This kind of independence is something many aspire to and why they choose business ownership.

You might choose a business-to-consumer model that means you are working directly with the public to provide good or services such as home repair or pet care. Or, you might choose a business-to-business model providing goods and services to other businesses in your community such as commercial cleaning, property management, or large-format printing. The point is this: there are thousands of business opportunities to choose from and you can make that choice with schedule flexibility in mind.

Pursue your passion for a living

Gone are the days of waking up early for a job you hate. When you own a small business, you get to make money doing what you love. You’ll walk into your business knowing you chose to be there. And, if you don’t like the trajectory of your business, you have the power to change its course! You will find small business ownership personally fulfilling because the business reflects your vision for the future.

Those who work for an employer sometimes have to put their dreams on hold to make a living. Working a full-time job leaves little room to explore your passions. Small business owners earn a sustainable income while pursuing what they were born to do. You can leverage small business ownership to leave your mark on the industry that matters most to you.

Lead with your values and beliefs

Business owners have the freedom to make their own decisions. You get to hire employees that align with your core values and contribute to a healthy workplace. Your belief system will mold the company culture, allowing you to build a team of like-minded individuals.

Small business ownership is a good fit for aspiring entrepreneurs who value autonomy. As the boss, you don’t have to report to anyone. It’s your business, so run it however you want! You can establish rules and expectations that keep the company’s best interest at heart. There are no higher-ups or leadership teams—decisions rest completely in your hands.

Owning a small business is the American Dream. To make your dream a reality, you need the right financial resources to get your business off the ground. Tenet Financial Group connects aspiring entrepreneurs with startup capital to help them achieve the freedom of small business ownership. Speak with a team member to get started!