Confessions of a 9 to 5er

I always wanted to work in a company, be employed, earn a monthly pay cheque. Go in at 9 and come out at 5. I dont have an iota of business streak in me. The only Gujju thing that I didnt inherit from my state I guess. The only condition when my parents were searching for a guy for me, was, he should have a 9 to 5 job. My Appa being my Appa asked ‘what if he decides to go freelance after you get married?’ *Rolls eyes*

Ah well, then I will just grin and bear I said.

Anyways, my point is, I am at awe with entrepreneurs. People who have the courage to take that risk, dive into doing what they love and then build a business out of nothing. I think its the most awesome thing to do in this competitive materialistic world. I am sure every entrepreneurs goes through the thought of ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ but to have the courage to take that plunge, I think is so amazing. I would NEVER do that. NEVER!

I prefer a 9 to 5 job because

1. I get a monthly pay cheque. For me thats really the incentive to work. Enjoying work is one thing, but honestly, the bottomline for me, is money! I cant even fathom to imagine the risk of not knowing where your next paycheque comes in from..and this is from the daughter of a guy who left his job to go freelance in his late 40s. OF course, my mom worked as a teacher, so had a stable job, yet I would shudder to even think of taking such a risk when I have two school going kids. But my Appa did it and he LOVES what he does πŸ™‚

2. The fact that I can come in at 9, work, go back home and then switch off. OF course in today’s world of constant connectivity, that may be a difficult thing to do, but thankfully I have worked in companies where I have been low enough in hierarchy to be bothered in holidays. I have spent holidays, working, but it hasnt been too bad. For me its a big yay! For an entrepreneur, isnt it on the go all the time?

3. I get paid holidays. Guess thats tough for someone who is doing his/her own stuff no?

4. The fact that I am not the final deciding authority. Thats perhaps because I am very low in the hierarchy, but honestly, I do like the feeling of someone cross checking my work and telling me if I am wrong. I prefer it that ways. I would shit through my pants, if I was to take decisions on my own regarding my business, the very thought scares the hell out of me!

5. The monotony of coming to office.How much ever I crib about work, I have realised that I am a person who loves routine. getting up, making dabba, getting the brat ready, run to catch the bus, etc etc makes me feel stable. Thats why I dont like to travel too much. It throws me off routine and then I take time coming back to the usual. Being an entrepreneur may not give you that kind of routine no?

6. The benefits of being an employee – like a PF, or a dabba of sweets for Dusshera, or something like that. I like that a LOT πŸ™‚

7. The fact that I dont have to worry about whether or there is business for the next 10 days.I come in work, go…there are other people to bother about all that. I have work constantly without being worried about what next?

8. Business development and sales and marketing – Thankfully I dont work in those areas, I could never work, I would be a TOTAL FAILURE! but for an entrepreneur there is very less choice right? you have to promote your business..

Listing down all this makes me feel like such an unambitious person. But perhaps, thats what I am. Scared, lazy, unambitious, boring and lovemyroutine person.

*Salutes all those awesomeΒ entrepreneursΒ of the world*

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47 Responses to Confessions of a 9 to 5er

  1. The Bride says:

    Ditto. I’m exactly the same.

  2. K says:

    I thought you are going to write about pepper πŸ™‚

  3. Smita says:

    I agree with all your points there. In fact I love the security here. As in whatever I do I will have salary at the end of month but if I chart alone….welll u never know! I guess we ppl are made that ways….we get used to this blanket of security and are scared of taking risks! Not that it is a bad thing….it is very simple! I do not have the guts to leave the security! Nopes!

  4. Shweta says:

    All the points…i mean *ALL* of them are so me….
    This post was mirroring my mind….
    Loved it R!!!! Loved it!!

    Except the fact that I was neutral about my guy being 9 to 5…. In fact I would love if The Husband decides to shift to being an entrepreneur!!

    • R's Mom says:

      Glad you agreed..

      Ah well, if RD wants to freelance now, it will be tough going for us because of home loans and what not loans…may be once both of us are 60 we can start a business heheheeh πŸ™‚

  5. RajK says:

    Hey RM, love you for your totally childlike honesty! I feel a lot like you on quite a few points…but probably would be mortified to say it out loud because of “what will everyone think of me?”. Love your self-confidence, girl!

    • R's Mom says:

      Arey its the truth na..I really dont care most times what people think..spent the first 25 years being like that, and it didnt do me any good πŸ™‚ so now I just speak what I think is right πŸ™‚

  6. I like my 9-6(boo hoo 1 hr more) because it lets me follow other passions in life. I like my job, but my personality is such that I have more than one interest. Everything gets its due attention πŸ™‚

  7. I don’t have much of the entrepreneurial streak in me, or so I think. πŸ™‚ I like the security of a 9-to-5 job, too, but there are moments when you feel like quitting and starting something of your own, right. Oh, well, the grass is always greener on the other side! πŸ˜€

    I think when your spouse has a stable job, it is easier to go for a business of your own (if it is a dream of yours) or to pursue any other dreams you have always had. Versus starting a business without even that kind of security.

  8. Shweta says:

    OMG… !!!! Ditto ditto ditto… My husband keeps trying to motivate me and all that but I always end up chickening out… 😀

  9. aarya says:

    I agree with almost all the points but point 2 is the main reason why I will never take up business. I like to forget about work once I step out of the office building.

    • R's Mom says:

      yes..but please read a detailed comment by Pepper which I am going to publish…she talks about maintaining the RIGHT balance between work and personal life :):) its interesting

  10. Bingo says:

    Yes, you are right. Even I feel comfortable with 9-5 job with no connection to office after office hours πŸ™‚

  11. Ashwathy says:

    Will have the discussion on this soon…when we meet πŸ˜€ sooner than u think!

  12. Pepper says:

    Hmm.
    Okay. LONG comment, because I have a lot to say.

    I did think exactly the same way. Especially because I have grown up witnessing the highs and lows that come with entrepreneurship. My father is an entrepreneur. The highs were really high. We led a very rich and lavish life. But then we also experienced the lows. Something that the working class didn’t have to because of a steady pay cheque. (You might be one, but I don’t think most of them are 9 to 5 ers AT ALL, so I won’t call them that)

    Some bit of a background here: When Mint passed out of school with his shinining, new MBA degree, he really wanted to start something of his own. Even the risk factor was minimal, because if a student starts something aftr passing out, his school gives him the opportunity to use their placement services even a year after graduating. This is done to encourage new ventures. If the venture takes off, great. If not, you can go back to college placements after a year. He really wanted to take advantage of this, but at that point I put my foot down completely, for the very reasons you have mentioned. That is how against entrepreneurship I was/am.

    But then, there are a lot of positives too. Since you have made some confessions about being what you call a 9 to 5 er, I will do the same about being a business person. Most of this is in response to your numbered points.

    1. Money. If I had to be brutally honest, I will say what drew me towards entrepreneurship (this established set up that I am running) is money. No job, I repeat NO JOB has the scope to give me the same kind of money. Infact, the only way I can even dream of buying a good home in a city like Mumbai is through a venture like this. I say this, despite being married to somebody who earns fairly well. Because a salary can only give you that much. But if my own company has XX crore turnover for the year, a big part of that profit is all mine. And that is huge compared to any salary I can ever get.

    There is a chance that the profit may not be really high every year, but since this is not the only income, the risk is cushioned.That is why between Mint and I, I choose to be the one taking such chances, instead of him. Because his income is a lot more solid and we bank on it for security.

    2.This might be ironical, but another reason I was drawn to this entrepreneurship gig is because it gave me a chance to bring in a routine. I actually do get to work 9 to 5 now. Something I could not imagine doing in my earlier job. Over there, I had no routine, I stayed in office till late nigh, and everything spelled chaos. Most of my friends do not have the luxury of doing 9 to 5 either. But now, I do. Also, I disagree with you when you say entrepreneurs have to be on the go all the time. I grew up watching my dad, and he always says it is about managing your time well. He (mostly) switched off after getting home. Ofcourse, there are days on which you can’t do that, but in my experience, I had a lot of those days even when I was a ‘9 to 5 er’. Infact, Mint is more ‘on the go’ and forever connected to his work as compared to me. He hardly follows a routine, rarely switches off and I hate it.

    The rest, I agree with. It is far easier to work without thinking of how / where more work will come in from in the next 10 days. Now, I feel responsible to keep bringing in more work for the sake of our employees. Because they need to be paid. Also, business development, sales and marketing cannot be outsourced beyond a point, so even if I suck at it, I have to keep training myself to do better, so I can keep going. Yes, it is big responsibility when you realise so many livelihoods depend on you. All of this requires immense courage and I know, not everybody can do it.

    Since I now know how difficult (albeit thrilling) it really is, I will graciously accept your salute and say thank you.

    • R's Mom says:

      First let me clarify by saying that while this post has been in my mind for long, its your post which triggered it into words

      1.Money- You are right, the highs are really awesome and yes most commenters do agree to the fact one stable income often is a big deciding factor for going entrepreneurial for the partner

      2. I agree to the fact that most 9 to 5ers are not actually that, at least in today’s life. I can give RD’s example who works an average of at least 10-12 hours a day, 5 days a week and is available on the phone on weekends, doing stuff which he need not do at all. So the timing thing may not be a reality at all. But in my case, I have always maintained the work and personal life time distinction unless its absolutely necessary to work, I DONT check my office emails over weekends. But I am a rare case, I do agree on that. Its more to do with the fact, that I am not very up in the hierarchy of my company.

      Its great that your dad managed to switch off. Honestly I dont know ANY entrepreneur who switches off completely all the more in this era of social media and high rate connectivity.

      And yes definitely *SALUTES* to you. I can never dare to do what you are doing!

      • Pepper says:

        Babe, I don’t think it is you that has maintained the work and personal life distinction, it your COMPANY that has permitted you to do so. You don’t check your office emails over weekends because you can get away without doing it. I know a million companies (in India) that give their employees no such choice. The employee will be fired if they choose to do such things. Also, I think the lower in the hierarchy you are, the more work gets passed on to you by managers who consider you to be their minions. So I think you are just lucky to be in the set up you are. But like I said, I don’t think it is you who makes the choice. It is the company that gives you the choice. So as long as you continue working in such companies, you are good. But not everybody has that option..

        And yes, I think it was easier to switch off in my dad’s time. It is harder now, but not impossible at all. More and more people are awakening to the phenomenon that is WLB. I have a few people who I call my ‘inspiration’, I’ve seen them dong it, and I know it is not really hard. And thankfully, when the work is my own, the decision to switch off or not lies in my hands.

        PS – When I made Mint read this post and my comment, he told me that none of this is applicable to me, because I am not even into entrepreneurship. I didn’t start the company. I am simply TAKING OVER something that is already stable and running, so a lot of what you and I say does not apply. Perhaps he is right.

        PPS – Very, very sorry for the never ending comments. I will stop here.

        • R's Mom says:

          Ah well, honestly I think its a two way thing. I have been very clear to my managers that unless its an emergency, I will try and avoid doing work related stuff on week ends or after the time I go home. OF course I agree that my manager is an extremely understanding person who knows the responsibilities of work and personal life and usually NEVER tells me to stay back late or do work from home until is absolutely necessary. So I guess you arent wrong when you say I am lucky to be in such a set up. I am hoping I will continue to be in one like this all my life πŸ™‚

          PS – I dont agree to Mint. yes its already a set up, but you have taken up a task on your own. You are like an entrepreneur because you are handling all aspects from scratch. ITs a new factory you are dealing with. I do think that you fall in my category of entrepreneurs πŸ™‚

          PPS – Oh I am loving our discussion πŸ™‚

        • Sri says:

          Pepper- I agree with Mint that you are not starting from scratch and are taking over an existing business…however the effort you need to put in is also tremendous as you need to protect the reputation of your business which is no mean feat..

          The word “entrepreneur” comes from a French word which means to “undertake” which implies doing something new.

  13. pixie says:

    yea.. I think I’m the same.
    I enjoyed working 9 to 5.. and switching off at home.
    Entrepreneurs are brave brave people!

  14. Sri says:

    Read this post earlier but was too confused to comment!!

    My hubby has been keen to be an entrepreneur but i have been discouraging him! He is actually trying to manage a full time job with a business he and his close friends have recently started…

    I am a Company Secretary and a semi-qualified CA and so i deal with companies and profits on a daily basis and know what goes on in Board Meetings..

    After reading all the comments and based on my experience, here are my views:

    1. As many people expressed especially Pepper, money is a big factor. I agree that once a business is established, it brings in a huge amount of money which no job can provide. But the risks are huge-i have personally incorporated so many companies for promoters who start up with a lot of enthusiasm. Forming a company is not easy. Depending on your capital, you need to shell out quite an amount at the time of formation itself.

    2. The next step is finance as Commerce students learn-“Finance is the lifeblood of a company!” Banks are cautious today and you need to offer good security in the form of immovable property or pledge your shares if you want a good loan.

    3. The next is finding the right manpower which is a huge task today. This i am speaking from experience as today youngsters want quick money. When BPOs pay well, it is very difficult to even get a receptionist or office assistant.

    I keep reading so many cases where families commit suicide because their businesses fail. As all mentioned, if one spouse has a strong income, you can venture!

    I can go on and on but i am not here to discourage entrepreneurs! I have this talk daily with my hubby and what i have realised is this:

    “If you have the right attitude, you can be successful! The path is very tough but once you reach the top, the sky is the limit!”

    • R's Mom says:

      1. I agree the risks are huge, but every entrepreneur has to take risks right..without risks, its very difficult to do business…I can do understand the nitty grittys with the company formation…unless you have a corpus, its difficult to go large scale

      2. Agree

      3. Usually entrepreneurs do start small na..once they grow bigger, I guess they do attract talent themselves

      Yes being an entrepreneur is very tough, but your last line just says it all

      β€œIf you have the right attitude, you can be successful! The path is very tough but once you reach the top, the sky is the limit!”

  15. Kavitha says:

    This is thought provoking post for me RM. I wanted and still want to be an entrepreneur. But the lack of courage and fear of failure is stopping me. I still have hopes that I will do something of my own one day. :):)

  16. Arch says:

    I loved this totally frank post on your blog! Though my opinions differ a little, I love your candid thoughts and opinions!

  17. Aryan's Mom says:

    I agree with your R’s mom….
    I just feel..as long as things are steady and smooth why take risk…..Hats off to those who have done it!!!11

  18. Amit says:

    I hate my 9-5 job! 😦 I guess I am one of those lazy guys who just want to sit at home and write books. πŸ˜›

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