9 Investment Advantages of Building Your Own Business

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If you're in a higher income occupation, you can make good money from working at a traditional job. But when it comes to making money for investment purposes, it’s hard to beat the advantages that come from having your own business.

The Potential for Unlimited Income

One of the most common investment advantages cited for having your own business, is the potential to earn unlimited income. As well worn this cliché is, it is nonetheless true.

While it is possible to earn millions of dollars from a 9-5 job, the thick competition for the corner office will keep the number of people at this income level to an absolute minimum. As a result, most people who hold jobs will, at best, rise to the top of their job classifications.

When you run your own business, you can earn as much money as your talents, ambition and energy levels will allow. And in theory, you can even create an entirely new industry. Plus the fact that you are at the forefront, will almost guarantee an unusually high income.

Greater Career Security Than Most Traditional Jobs

With the death of labor unions and the now common view of employees as commodities, the job and career security that most workers once relied on has now largely disappeared. Most people will hold several jobs during their careers, and that may be punctuated by periods of unemployment.

When you run your own business, you may never face unemployment. Of course there may be times when your income is low, but you’ll usually have compensation options for this as well. In the meantime, you will have a level of career security that is unknown in most traditional jobs.

Get More Write-Offs and Pay Less Taxes

When you’re self-employed you can take more deductions, which means you won't be susceptible to such a high tax bill. You can write-off certain ordinary expenses for business purposes — such as business use of a home office, vehicle, cell phone, internet, computer, and many entertainment expenses as well.

This is very different from writing off allowable deductions on Schedule A, because business deductions also reduce your income for Social Security tax purposes.

Numerous Retirement Contribution Options

When you work for someone else, your retirement contributions will be limited to the amount that your employer allows. Depending upon your income, you may or may not be able supplement your retirement contributions through an individual IRA. When you’re self-employed, you can establish retirement plans that have much more generous contribution limits.

For example, while your employer may limit your 401(k) contributions to 10 percent of your income, a self-employed retirement plan such as a SEP-IRA will allow you to contribute up to twenty percent. It’s not hard to understand the impact that will have on your retirement planning.

Greater Rewards for Higher Risks

Let’s say you work for company then discover and develop The Next Big Thing — no doubt they will make sure you are well compensated for your contribution, but the really big profits will (naturally) go your employer.

Now let’s say you make this discovery while working for yourself, you get to keep the profits — all of them. Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but there’s no question you will generally get greater rewards for any innovation when you work for yourself.

The Chance to Do Work You Truly Love

When people enter a job or new career, they often do so in an attempt to find one that pays better, offers the best combination of security and benefits, or that matches their skill set. But when you work for yourself, there’s a higher chance you will be doing work that you truly love.

That’s one of the primary reasons why people start businesses in the first place.

Job satisfaction is certainly a benefit here, but more significant is the fact that if you’re doing work you enjoy, you will be more likely to do it well, and in turn, earn more money.

Investment in Your Best Asset: Yourself

In a very real way, when you create your own business, you are investing in yourself. Oh sure, you may be putting money into property, inventory, equipment, software, and supplies, but ultimately these are tools that will enable you to better run your business.

Creating your own work capacity is one of the best investments you can make.

Over your lifetime, you will undoubtedly earn more money from your occupation, than you will from any investment you will make. In the process, you will be building a tangible asset, one that opens up other to limitless possibilities and opportunities.

Collect a Big Windfall

When you own a business, you’ll likely have the opportunity to sell it when you are ready to quit and move on — this is especially true for entrepreneurs. Many businesses sell for millions of dollars, and having one of your own will offer the chance to collect a huge windfall — something that will not come around if you’re working for someone else.

That windfall can open up all kinds of possibilities, whether you convert it into an investment portfolio, invest in another business or just take a few years off to decide what your next move will be.

A Shot at Early Retirement

As you can see, having your own business offers a better opportunity for early retirement than a traditional job. The problem with retiring early from a job, is that there is no career related asset to sell in order to help you retire.

You will of course have your 401(k) and any other retirement provisions you've made, but if you are self-employed you will have your retirement provisions and the proceeds from the sale of your business.

Can you see why having your own business offers so many advantages over working for someone else? Being self-employed is usually a lot better for your wealth than a traditional job.

Kevin Mercadante

Kevin Mercadante is professional personal finance blogger, and the owner of his own personal finance blog, OutOfYourRut.com. He has backgrounds in both accounting and the mortgage industry. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and two teenage kids.

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7 Comments

  1. I love the last part, “A Shot at Early Retirement”. Early retirement would give you the chance to spend more time with your family and hobbies. Investing early would be very helpful for anyone who wants to retire early, this will give you assurance that you will have a career after an early retirement ( choose an investment that you will love to be a career after retiring).

    1. Hi Lee – I didn’t get as deep into that part as I would have liked, due to space limitations. But another advantage to self-employment with regard to early retirement is that you can usually transition into retirement more easily when you’re self-employed. For example, you can transition from full time to semi-retirement by selling half the business to a partner who will share the work load. And when you’re ready, you can retire full time by selling the other half of the business. In general, self-employment tends to be more flexible in nearly all fronts.

  2. Absolutely on point. When I made the decision to quit my regular job and start my own company, the appeal of unlimited income was one of my primary motivating factors. If you want to be truly wealthy (we are talking millions or hundreds of millions of net worth), then business is the only way to do. A high paying 9-5 and an excellent investment portfolio can only get you so far.

    1. Hi Anton – I agree, but I’d add job satisfaction to that list. Much easier to do when you have your own business, because you’re making all the choices, rather than having them handed down from the higher ups. I think that can motivate you to do so much more.

      1. Absolutely right. The freedom offered by self employment was one of my top reasons for pursing it as well!

  3. All great points; many business owners write off a ton of stuff which is “questionable”, but able to do so because it’s claimed as a biz expense. And not having a boss has its merits too!

    1. I left that one off because it’s been said that when you work for yourself you’re working for the toughest boss of all! There’s more than a grain of truth to that.

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