Coming down with a case of the Mondays happens to everyone from time to time. After all, it’s not exactly fun to leave our carefree weekend behind and face yet another tough work week. Even with the best jobs, it’s only natural we feel a little down about having to head in to the office every once in a while.
But what happens when an occasional case of the Mondays turns into something chronic? What do you do when those periods of feeling low on Monday morning turn into something way worse – like dreading going into work before Monday? When you start feeling anxious, worried, or stressed sometime on Sunday about having to return to your job on Monday, it’s time to make a serious change.
The solution might be entrepreneurship in some form or fashion. You don’t necessarily have to dive headlong into running your own startup; even part-time entrepreneurship can help you beat those job-related blues.
Examining the Causes of “the Mondays”
Before you consider entrepreneurship as a cure, you need to evaluate why you’re feeling so low on Monday at work – or even Sunday before you start a new work week.
Some common causes of feeling down due to your job include:
- getting tired and bored in the same routine for an extended period of time
- being stressed or confused about tasks, assignments, and responsibilities at work
- being unable to reach professional or career goals
- dealing with mentally abusive coworkers or superiors
- feeling unhappy about how you’re compensated, or believing you’re not fairly compensated for your work
If you can check any or all of the following boxes, it’s definitely time to consider looking into entrepreneurship. It can either be a full-time switch or something you start up as an outlet on the side – either way, it might be just what you need to shake the chronic cases of work-related blues.
Why Entrepreneurship Offers the Cure
So, why entrepreneurship? Because it offers freedoms and flexibilities that the traditional 9-to-5 job simply can’t. It provides new opportunities for growth and learning, as well as the ability to reach those big goals you have set for yourself. You have the power to make your own ideas and dreams into realities, and you won’t be stifled by corporate policy, office politics, or other limitations that many people encounter in their day jobs.
Entrepreneurship is not only personally rewarding, but it can also better your financial standing too. With an employer, your downside is always unlimited – you could get fired any moment for reasons outside your control. And your upside is always limited. You might get a raise or bump in benefits, but that’s likely to equal out to be a 1% to 3% gain. That’s not what most of us would call a good investment.
Working for yourself, however, has an unlimited upside. Your earning potential is theoretically unlimited. The more you work and the more value you put out in the world, the more you’re likely to be financially compensated for that.
Of course, your downside here is also unlimited just like with an employer. But it’s highly unlikely you’ll hit that downside all at once. As an entrepreneur, you’ll probably have more than a single income stream (especially as a part-time entrepreneur!). This means that losing one customer, client, or account only results in a loss of a certain percentage of your income, not all of it as happens when you’re fired from a job where you worked for someone else.
Creating Your Own Opportunities and Purpose
One of the biggest reasons why entrepreneurship can bust through cases of the Mondays is because when you take this chance on yourself, you’ll be able to create your own opportunities. This, instead of waiting around for someone to hand you an opportunity that might never come.
We get the Mondays, or we feel down about our work, when we’re unsatisfied, unfulfilled, and unhappy. We might feel directionless – or like we’re spinning our wheels in a dead-end job.
With entrepreneurship, we have the chance to make the decisions. We’re the bosses; we control our own fates and destinies. That’s incredibly empowering and liberating (not to mention exciting and fulfilling when it actually happens).
We may struggle to find purpose in our work for others. But when we work for ourselves, we have the chance to follow our passions and discover precisely what our purposes are.
Other Reasons Why Burned-Out Workers Should Consider Full- or Part-Time Entrepreneurship
If you’re not excited about trying out your own ventures yet, consider the following reasons why entrepreneurship might offer the solution to your work-related woes:
- create your own engaging, challenging work that means something to you
- establish freedom in your personal life and your professional life
- help make other people’s lives better through the goods or services you provide as an entrepreneur
- grow and expand – to the point of possibly needing to hire others or outsource work (keep that economy going!)
- design your ideal lifestyle around your ideal business
Venturing out on your own, even a just a little ways, is a smart, fulfilling way to rediscover a bit of spark that might have been lost in a sea of cubicles. Whether you want to try your hand as a full-time entrepreneur with their own business or simply want to dip a toe into the waters with a side hustle, entrepreneurship has so much to offer the talented worker tired of dreading the end of a weekend and the arrival of another Monday.