Recently there has been a lot of focus on the way we all work. There has been a shift in thinking that more flexibility, being able to travel and being your own boss is the way forward when it comes to work. But this doesn’t suit everyone. For some, the regular 9-to-5 is the perfect work set up (despite what people might be saying). So before you drop everything, heres some signs that the classic workday is your perfect work scenario.
You want consistent paychecks
Unlike the regular 9-to-5, working as a freelancer or setting up your own business means you have a variable income. Some months money will be good, but there can be long periods of down time. If you have set bills and need to have the guarantee of getting paid on time, every month, then your current 9-to-5 might just be the best for you.
Your hours really are 9-to-5
Do you have the regularity of working from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, for your full time wage? Many positions demand working more than 40 hours a week, and if you are running your own company you can expect to work evenings and weekends too. Don’t forget about any company benefits you might be receiving, like healthcare, dental plans, paid holiday and access to training courses – these add up and can make staying in your job worth it.
You’re making more money
Before you decide to up sticks and leave your job, work out what your earnings (including potential future earnings) will be. You may find that your current job is worth more to you, especially when you factor in regular pay rises. You also have a team around you that you can use for help, when you strike it alone that is removed. Any help you need you have to pay (a lot) for.
You like closure
If your working style is taking on a project and seeing it through to completion, without much distraction than a 9-to-5 is a good place to work for you. When you work flexibly, you also have to be flexible with the projects you take on. You might have several projects on the go at the same time, and have to work incredibly hard to find the right balance between them.
Working on one project in a 9-to-5 will give you the balance, you have a network around you that you can call upon to take up other, less important, projects, leaving you to focus on your main task.
If you find yourself agreeing with some of the points above then maybe the 9-to-5 is right for you. Have a good think and plan thoroughly before you walk away from your stable job in search of the flexibility from running your own company or becoming a freelancer.