Why Working for Yourself is the Best (& the Worst)


I never had ambitions to become a business owner, but here I am.

Following my decision to fully invest in Kenya as my home, I started Kupanga Mawazo, which focuses on helping organisations accomplish their goals by supporting them in writing, editing, and strategy.

I started my business because I was no longer interested in a “traditional” job. After initially applying to organisations where I knew I would have only a few weeks of holiday time, be required to go into an office every day, and have limited control over the type of work I could do, I realised how much I craved flexibility and the chance to be my own boss.

I also knew I had something unique to offer. It’s taken me awhile to call myself an entrepreneur — I’m not the typical visionary who has a burning idea they can’t stop dreaming about. Instead, I enjoy the planning and implementation phase, figuring out how an idea can work in reality. I realised that I could help those I had considered to be “typical entrepreneurs” carry out their ideas, as well as come alongside established organisations that are trying to grow their businesses.

After taking the plunge, though, I can totally understand why this is not for everyone. It’s exhausting and scary. It’s so easy to get discouraged and off track. It takes a willingness to put in significant amounts of work without immediate financial benefit. It means being organised and structured and pushing through when I don’t feel like working. I’ve been forced to grow in creativity and have had to be willing to put myself out there when all I want to do is stay behind the scenes. And I still have a very long way to go.

But, most importantly, I’ve discovered that, while it’s not for everyone, it is for me. And it could be for you too — or maybe not. Either way, I hope you’ll join me. This blog will be a place where I’ll share about the things I’m learning, profile my clients and our collaboration, and let you in on why I do this work and what I hope to accomplish.

By: Joelle Mumley