Give me one good reason

On Fridays, I usually offer up a top five list. Well, today I’d just like to give you one thing: one good reason for becoming a consultant.

This afternoon, I’m taking my kids to a neighbour’s birthday party. Yup. It’s Friday and I’m going to be eating cake, wearing a party hat and playing games with my kids and their friends. And I won’t be skipping out of work or taking precious holiday time to do it. Heck, for the morning, I’m planning to play with my kids, too.

And I’ll let you in on a little secret: I do this all the time.

Sure, I sometimes work odd hours, but I do so on my own terms. And the reward is that I can spend time with my kids when I want.

When I didn’t have kids, I spent this time going for walks, shopping, meeting friends, studying, doing hobbies and so on. That’s the beauty of being your own boss. As long as you’re accountable for the decisions you make, your time is your own.