Entrepreneur or Salaried Employee?

Pollyal By Pollyal, 3rd Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We want security in life, and that is why we want a job in a big MNC. We think we are getting rich while working in an MNC, but is it really so?

The Eye Opener - A Fast Food Center

One day I discovered a small Fast Food center. All they have is a table with a stove, a glass jar, a vegetable cutter, a big utensil to mix all the required ingredients, a frying pan and cooking oil. They sell fried veggie balls.
3 boys work on it. One of them fries, the other one pack the balls for those who want to take home, and the third serves people who eat right there.
They open only after sunset. But while I stand there for 15 minutes eating my plate, I can not help counting how much money they make. In those 15 minutes they always sell more than 20 plates atleast. 1 plate costs Rs. 12. So in 15 mins they are making atleast Rs 240 (And that's the least because most of the times they are selling for bulk orders from families near by). Thus in an hour they are making near about Rs. 1000, so in 5 hours they must be earning atleast 5000. And that is what they are doing every day. They look poor, but are they really?

The Life of a Salaried Person.

What the small entrepreneurs are earning might be somewhat equivalent to what my managers are earning. But I have seen my managers working day in and day out, jumping from one meeting to another, juggling with family, job and personal life. The life of a manager do not attract me.
People at my level are working all the time, constantly upgrading our technical knowledge so that we don't fall behind the advancements in our field. Working shifts, attending long meetings half of which discuss repetitive points.We spend the whole day sitting inside Centralized AC rooms, with computers infront of us. The offices are so well decorated, its makes us believe we are kings and queens and we have achieved something great.
Sometimes our managers would jump out of some meeting and pat our backs and then jump into some other meeting. Our heart would swell out of pride, we would then turn to our computers and start working harder, ofcourse to earn the next pat on the back. Actually, if you could read between the lines you would understand that each such pat might mean a meagre increment in salary. Thats the life of the Kings and Queens inside those palatial offices.
Ofcourse we come out of the offices, then pay our bills, which always are very high because we have a status to maintain. We look rich, but are we really?

Which life is better

The grass always looks greener on the other side. Jobs that others do always seems more rewarding. But the point is, there are pros and cons to both the kind of jobs.
Business involves a huge amount of risk and its not every ones cup of tea. Then there is a luck factor, yes its always a factor. Behind one successful business man who is earning like crazy, there are several unsuccessful business men too. Your earning is directly proportional to the amount of hard work you do. If you are sick for one day, you dont earn anything.
Being a salaried person, life is easier than that. Yes it turns out to be boring many-a-times, but risk is so much controlled. And if someone is really passionate about the work they are doing, they can earn a lot even as a salaried person. So I guess, its much safer like this.
All said and done, but to become a salaried person, there must be someone doing a great business somewhere who can pay you the salary. Entrepreneurship is thus the last word.


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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Jun 2014 (#)

It is tough on both sides!! Thanks for an interesting take!

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author avatar poetic2984
5th Jun 2014 (#)

Well done I think this approach is something a job seeker should weigh

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author avatar Pollyal
7th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks poetic2984 :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th Jun 2014 (#)

Well analysed. It boils down to whether we have passion to run our own outfit. We work for one person but when running a business all customers are our bosses and some are hard to please. I remember a tailor telling me his children are professionals and why should they take up his business? But being a professional myself I know he is having a regular income and should be earning more than them and he has others to do the hard work while he sits in an air-conditioned shopping mall with regular customers looking for him - siva

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author avatar Pollyal
7th Jun 2014 (#)

so true siva..thanks for dropping by :)

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author avatar n.c.radomes
10th Jun 2015 (#)

It is said and had been said that the happiest people on earth are those that earn their bread from the sweats of their brow; no bosses to dictate them what to do.

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author avatar Pollyal
12th Jun 2015 (#)

rightly said n.c.radomes :)

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