Interview with the founder of a startup that revolutionized the airline industry through computer vision.
WHY “HAPPY MONDAY”?
How ironic, and yet depressing, are these endless jokes about the beginning of a working week or the first day after a holiday. The jokes prevail, perhaps because these feelings are so well known to millions of people. Sad, isn’t it?
But the scientists of the Universities of Zurich and Berkeley have good news: the ‘sorrowful Monday’ syndrome is usually bypassed by entrepreneurs and self-employed people. Numerous studies from all over the world have shown that self-employed people are consistently happier than their employed counterparts.
Surprisingly, income levels and flexible working hours are not the main reasons for this. On the contrary, the financial situation of entrepreneurs is often much less stable than that of employees, and they can work much harder and more intensively than if they worked for a third party, as well as being exposed to high risks. So what makes this type of work so attractive to them?
The non-material advantages of self-employment are what significantly increase the happiness of entrepreneurs. The research revealed three important positive aspects of entrepreneurship:
- The possibility of ‘being your own boss’. By building a company of their own, entrepreneurs leave behind a complex hierarchical structure, which allows them independence in decision-making and the ability to control their own work processes.
- Fulfilling interesting tasks. The absence of external constraints allows entrepreneurs to concentrate on the areas that really fascinate them. This is not only a matter of choosing the entire field of activity, but also the directions of the project’s development. Therefore, it is often said that the company reflects the personality of its creator.
- Autonomy. Self-employed people have to perform the full range of business tasks independently – from financial planning and branding to working with clients and providing specialised services directly. It might appear that such a wide range of responsibilities should discourage potential entrepreneurs; in fact, developing skills in multiple directions and feeling more competent and independent becomes an additional motivator.
It is also interesting to note that, according to surveys conducted in Switzerland, the vast majority of employees would like to become entrepreneurs. However, only about 12% of workers have fulfilled this wish. Among the main factors that hindered the decision to start their own project were a lack of capital, the unwillingness of young professionals to work long hours for the success of their company and social perception that it is shameful for business people to go bankrupt.
What then distinguishes those who have decided to take the entrepreneurial path? What helps them to pursue their goals consistently despite the risks and the possibility of failure? Do they really feel happier than their contemporaries in the corporate environment? Whilst asking these questions and talking to dozens of young entrepreneurs in Switzerland, we decided to start this magazine ‘Happy Monday’ and tell the stories of those who managed to make their business dreams come true. And, of course, we are particularly interested in how they came to this decision, what difficulties they had and what useful advice they were able to give to those who were thinking about following the path of an entrepreneur.
Do you also believe that entrepreneurship is a good way to become happier in your work?
Discover the happy business stories of Swiss entrepreneurs on our pages. Get inspired, for example, by the experience of Clarity Coach and entrepreneur Katja Navarra, who quit her office job to discover her opportunities and follow her dreams. Or find out why Edoardo Köppel, lawyer and founder of the Legal Tech start-up, is motivated by his independence to be more effective and creative.
Do you also have an interesting business story to tell? Do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this possibility.