Far too many people are sitting in jobs they hate, but are too afraid to take the plunge and to go freelance. Do you want to start your own business? Well, then it’s time to stop procrastinating. Here are seven reasons why you should quit your job and go freelance.

1. Be more flexible
Owning your own business means that you have the freedom to work hours that suit your lifestyle and your productivity cycles. This means you can do away with the typical nine-to-five routine and structure your days to suit you and your priorities.

2. No more traffic.
Gone are the days of the hours spent commuting from your home to your office during rush hour traffic. If you freelance, even if you do work from an office space, you can plan when you go into the office to avoid wasting time in traffic. This means you’re more productive and less stressed.

3. Work from anywhere.
As a freelancer, your office can be anywhere that you have a good Internet connection. Whether that’s your home, a coffee shop, or travelling the world, freelancing means that you can run your business from anywhere.

4. You can say ‘no’.
Working for someone else means that you don’t get a choice in the projects you work on or the clients you work for. Being a freelancer means that you are your own boss, with the autonomy to decide which assignments you accept and which clients you don’t want to work for. Essentially, you’re able to build the career you actually want.

5. You keep the profits.
Remember when you used to work overtime for no reward? Being a freelancer means that the harder you work, the more you get paid. One of the major perks of freelancing is that you no longer work your ass off for some big wig in a corner office to reap the rewards. Also, your salary doesn’t cap you – the harder you work, the more you earn.

6. You learn how to run a business
Being a freelancer helps you to learn how to manage money and keep up with your financial paperwork. On top of the job that you’re employed to do, you’re now a salesperson, administrator, bookkeeper, marketer and project manager. This not only adds to your portfolio, but also gives you a sense of personal achievement and accomplishment that can’t be gained from working a traditional job.

7. Job security doesn’t exist.
In today’s world, no job is truly secure. With so many retrenchments happening across industries, who’s to say that holding down a permanent position is more secure than creating your own business?