Why working for a company is the best

I thought it’d be a fun exercise to do a comparison between working for a company and working for yourself.


It’s steady income, and you can expect a paycheque deposited into your account bi-weekly like clockwork.


Sure, you may work some overtime here and there, but for the most part your workweek is pretty good.

35 – 40 hours a week, and you even get paid leave in some cases, like sick days, paid vacation, personal days, or whatever your company might offer.

In consulting, if you don’t have a project, then you’re “benched”, otherwise lovingly referred to as “beached”.. meaning that you sit at home and wait for the next project, but you’re paid to do so.


Usually covered by your employer, giving you a whole range of great benefits that you otherwise may not have had the cash to pay for.

This I hear, is especially helpful if you live in the States, but not so much in Canada, as we are under the universal healthcare plan.


Again, an employer sometimes generously offers a 100% match!

Which means whatever you put into the retirement plan, they’ll match up to a certain percentage.

If you put in 3% of your salary, they give you 3% — it’s free money and a great perk of working for a company.

Office Supplies:

Need a pen? Paper? Huge industrial photocopier? Scanner? Huge projector? For the most part, everything is available at your fingertips, and if it isn’t, you can request it.

You don’t have to worry about having an office to work at, a good desk, a locked cabinet, buying your own computer or having a chair to sit in.


Lots of people around you to pick the brains of, and you can lean and ask for help from anyone in your department. At least, in theory.

Paperwork, Taxes and Deductions:

Automatically taken off your paycheque.

You don’t have to worry about contributing to any of it, the company has everything set up automatically, and they just deliver a summary to you at the end of the year, which makes your taxes super simple.

If you need to change something, you just call HR.

You don’t have to deal with any of the nuances of being self-employed — you get your expenses reimbursed in full with (barely) any questions asked.


  • Having to work overtime for free (in most cases)
  • Lots of seemingly redundant & unnecessary paperwork for performance reviews
  • Never having autonomy to do what you want without deferring to your manager
  • Office politics are pettier, because you’re all employees jostling for raises
  • Not getting reimbursed or paid on time

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.