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Here Is Why Your 9-5 May Never Go Out of Style

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  1. Caesar Marcus Augustus says:

    When i worked in corporate America i was a logistics and supply chain manager. I began work around 7am i ended around 8-9pm. I also worked on weekends and often would spend nights in the airports going to various territories. When you are successful in corporate, there is never a 9-5.
    I own my own company now (10 years) and its now from eyes open to eyes close. You are an entrepreneur when you start off, but as your company grows you no longer work for yourself. I work for my 2 assistants who are both single parents. What they do allow me to fulfill my vision. What i do allows them to put food on their table and plan a future for their children. So whether in corporate or running your own company, we all work for somebody.

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    1. http://xonecole.com/wp-content/themes/xon/images/xoicon.png Brittani Hunter says:

      Hi Caesar! Thank you for reading! The amount of hours that a 9-5 employee definitely varies depending on the job industry, but overall your schedule is normally consistent. In my 9-5, I work a normal 40 hours a week, and then occasionally I may work over 40 hours – but that is only when we are in a special season and I am fully aware of it ahead of time. I also agree that whether you are a 9-5 employee or entrepreneur, you are essentially always working for someone. The key is to make the most out of whatever you do, wherever you are at.

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  2. Love says:

    Great article! Thank you! So many people nowadays try and shame people for working 9-5. I enjoy my job and my field and don’t feel the need to become an “entrepreneur”. If you do, good for you but don’t act like those of us that don’t are “lesser”.

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    1. http://xonecole.com/wp-content/themes/xon/images/xoicon.png Brittani Hunter says:

      That’s amazing Love! Thank you for reading!!

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  3. Everyone is not meant to be an entrepreneur or own a business. You still need the 9-5 employees to keep your brand going.

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  4. SCupcake says:

    I get what you are saying, but at the same time I think we should still encourage someone to at least try a business idea that they think is worth while, especially Black people. We need more of us not only owning more businesses but making financial investments in our communities. I understand that in order to be a successful entrepreneur you have to be able to be willing to fail and not everyone has the mindset to handle that, but honestly how do you know what you are capable of if you don’t push yourself towards it? We all have our strengths and weaknesses but if you look at startup companies, most didn’t get it right the first try, or on the 3rd, 4th, 5th try etc. And for that alone we should admire people who are willing to put themselves out there and take that risk…I mean this website wouldn’t even be here if someone hadn’t.

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    1. http://xonecole.com/wp-content/themes/xon/images/xoicon.png Brittani Hunter says:

      Hi SCupcake,

      I do agree that if you have a business idea and a zest for entrepreneurship, you should not ignore it and you should pursue your dreams. At the same time, if you feel like the work that you do now as an employee is rewarding and aligns with your passion and goals, you should be proud and know that you are making a difference.

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  5. Dai Shanell says:

    Most employees have no real rights, especially if your are non-unionized. We exchange our labor for a menial profit, while the places we work for take in much more. A person can work years for a company only to be replaced by someone who will work for a fraction of their salary. Who really wants a 9-5 forever?

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    1. Necole says:

      I may be an entrepreneur but I’m realistic in knowing that if I had kids earlier, I would have been about that 9-5 life for a longer period of time. Mainly for the benefits. Sometimes I ask myself am I crazy for taking on the stresses that come with being a ‘boss’.

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  6. Rosalynn says:

    You know what, I absolutely love this! As someone with an entrepreneurial spirit that works a 9-5 to gain more experience, this allowed me to stop looking at it as a ‘waste’ of time. Because the reality of it is, I’ll be doing this until I save up enough money or build up enough courage and/or knowledge to own my own business. Great read!

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    1. http://xonecole.com/wp-content/themes/xon/images/xoicon.png Brittani Hunter says:

      Thank you for reading!!

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  7. Brit Walker says:

    Everyone want a good story: “Homeless to Millionaire. She had nothing and now she is a something .” It’s attractive. It’s catchy. Y’all can have it. I rather have a 9-5, benefits, and a steady income while pushing my side hustle. It may not be a “Must Read,” but it is a must need.

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  8. Toya Sharee says:

    I am witnessing my husband transition full-time into his own business as we speak and it hasn’t been easy, but he has the personality that I’ve always said didn’t suit well working for someone else. Some people have an entrepreneurial spirit and some don’t, and as Brittani mentioned that is OK. At the end of the day when it comes to making money, you always have to answer to someone whether it’s a supervisor, a sponsor or your customers. Unfortunately, I do believe social media plays a big part in this “Like A Boss” mindset that has everyone believing that they can take whatever talent they have and start their own business. Running a business in itself whether you are braiding hair or blogging requires a skill set that everyone just doesn’t have. Being talented doesn’t mean you can create an empire and partnering and being apart of a team is so underrated.I’m so glad you tackled this topic.

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    1. http://xonecole.com/wp-content/themes/xon/images/xoicon.png Brittani Hunter says:

      Yes Toya! Team partnership is so underrated! There is so much that you can learn from working with others or working with other companies.

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  9. Lexi P says:

    Im an entrepreneur who also does the 9 to 5 from time to time. Its not that one is better than the other. Its just about people having different lifestyle goals. I was loyal to corporate life until repeatedly being laid off from the best companies in the country and the world. Ive also owned 2 businesses. I started my first when I was 24. But at 33, the lifestyle I want cant be found in corporate America. And getting laid off from a nice 6 figure salary going to the state max unemployment of 2200/mo is traumatizing when you’re a single mom with a mortgage and luxury car note, like I was. But everyone has a different vision. I personally know wealthy people, my mentor is a millionaire, so my vision for my lifestyle exceeds 9 to 5ing. But my mom was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and going back to corporate america allowed me to get her the best care in the world. I don’t knock employment, it makes the world go round. But people who work often knock entrepreneurs because we want time and financial freedom. You dont get that on the clock.

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  10. Caesar Marcus Augustus says:

    @scupcake either you are unaware of what it take to start a build a business, or you have a high opinion of people ability to take risk and to recover from loss well. Either of the two is faulty. Everyone is not made to own a business. People have to maximize their talents and leverage their strengths and acumen.

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  11. Nia Hughes says:

    Great post! I do hate the negative stigma of working a 9-5. Ultimately, my goal is to have my life back/flexibility and working 9-5 for someone else can’t provide that.

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  12. Dee says:

    I liked this! I think the point of it was not to necessarily cast a bad light on the entrepreneur life, but more so to remind us that the 9-5 life is cool too. Often social media makes you think it’s not good enough. While I firmly believe in multiple streams of income and having my own, I’m grateful for my 9-5 and the experience it has given me. I would love to see more articles about the education world rather than the corporate world. Education especially in urban areas is a really interesting topic. I’m sure my fellow teachers and admin know this. Actually working on a piece now…stay tuned!

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  13. Bianca Moore says:

    There’s nothing wrong with 9-5 but I do think you should do what you love.

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  14. T says:

    It’s nothing wrong with having a 9-5, especially when you are a single parent raising a teenage daughter and the balance of time is necessary. Plus the benefits of inexpensive insurance along with paid holidays and vacations are very indulging. I think it’s all about your current situation and what sacrifices are worth taking. Time is valuable and it outweighs money, when you are needed for providing other necessities.

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  15. Miss Marcie says:

    This was a great article and I’m glad the author speaks highly of 9 to 5’s and keeps it real about entrepreneurship. It is true, not everyone is cut out or desires to be an entrepreneur and that is not a bad thing. Everyone wants to be a “boss” because it sounds good. They think it will add value to them as a person as well as their social status. I also feel that being a boss is perpetuated so much through social media, reality tv, and in music that people believe if you are not the boss then you are not making a name for yourself. This in turn equates to the notion that you are not really living… LIES!!!!

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  16. No matter if you have your own business or work for someone else, if you can pay all of your bills on time, and still have money left over to enjoy yourself, then you’re a girl boss to me!

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  17. The Robot Rebel says:

    Hello,
    I agree, it takes a certain person to work 9to5 and you have to have a certain purpose to run your own business. There is no right or wrong way. I just want to lay out a few points for both sides. Ask yourself what do you spend 100% of your time doing, thinking, saying and does your hustle (whether 9to5 or entrpreneur) line up with that? Case in point, their is financial capping in most corporate jobs, where entrprenuership allows you to name your price. Every year we work hard and sit at a Performance Review and hope to get just a 5% increase (Not all corporate has this low of a reward of talent, but you get what I’m saying). Don’t settle for comfortable things either way, if you feel you can do more then DO MORE. To see your fullest potential ask yourself, what skills, talents, passion, purpose can you turn into a rewarding lifestlye? Either one requires your time and energy. Certain things attract certain people. The point of labeling Social Media Entrpreneurs as “Don’t Be Fooled” is no different than Avon, Mary Kay, or any other form of Direct Selling from back in the day. The spirit of Entrapreneurship has been around since the beginning of time. We just see it more because Social Media has leveled the playing field for those who have been told “no” or “too black” or “it will never work” or “wait a few more years and get certified or degreed and then we can discuss your promotion.” Office politics can drive you insane, and what Social Media has done is kicked the door down for opportunity NOW, and taking your true talents somewhere else or towards building a business of their own. Entrapreneurship has even added another level such as “movements”. These movements have become profitable and doesn’t require much but just for you to show up and doesn’t requires your bosses’ approval to just be you BE You… (i.e major key alert, sock wars, natural hair, fitness, etc.). Sometimes, corporate requires you to comform, there is a sense of “control” that corporate has on you. To put it plain and simple, you can’t always really be you. Where entrapreneurship offers that freedom and just who you are is enough. The social media entrprenuer “pitch” has levels. Not all are equal I agree. Also every 9to5 isn’t equal you have to pick the best one that fits your needs. But there is a “Payless” and “Nordstrom” level to all things in life. Be empowered no matter what you do. We shouldn’t shade either side. We all are at diffrent walks of life and there is no one right way. Corporate is now actually looking to Social Media for investment opportunities and marketing strategies. Corporate at some point has to change its way of operations and valuing human capital. Not all corporate has caught on to a new way of retaining and attracting talent, and allowing folk to be who they are. In most cases, it is the entrapreneur who grows tired of the rat race and having to prove themself, or maybe they come from a family of hustlers, or maybe they have a calling, or maybe they had an idea and decided to go for it. We need all of it. From CEO’s, to managers, salespersons, boss babes, entrapreneuers etc. Every Corporation started with an idea. So of you have one Go for it! Who knows where it may take you. I’m just saying the article somewhat incites fear (and I know that was not the intent) And we have alwaaayssss been afraid to try something different because we know exactly what we are getting with a 9to5, our schedule, when payday is and that’s all ok. But shouldn’t we just celebrate women in general who get ish done, take chances, explore their purpose and are fulfilled, whether 9to5, Food Truck Owner, Esthician, Artist, Blogger, PR, Marketing, Engineer, Customer Service, Consultant, Author, Real Estate… Etc. just do what inspires you and makes you the most happy! I appreciate your post, because it opens up a good discussion. Less Fear and more Empowerment though (For all sides) Love and Much Respect -The Robot Rebel.

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  18. Vpprinces01 says:

    Whether 9-5 or entrepreneur, the goal should be building tangible resources & infrastructure for ourselves and future generations. You can have a 9-5 and use your income to BUY real estate in your community & spend at sustainable storefronts owned & operated by people of that community. This creates a desirable neighborhood. Some entrepreneurship doesn’t even help the community. They don’t create sustainable jobs for others and profits from the biz are funneled to other communities.

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  19. Ashley says:

    Thanks for this article. Sometimes i feel like i’m not doing enough because i work 9-5 (well 10–7 lol), but i know that im too lazy for that entrepreneur life, and i am satisfied with my M-F, weekends i can chill life. LOL. It would be nice to be able to work around my son’s schedule, but i appreciate the stability i have.

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  20. Michelle says:

    Everybody can’t do it ! You can have a flexible life and still work a 9-5, you just have to find a career that allows it. For me, I’m working on being an Dental Assistant. Most offices work M-TH with Friday and the weekend off. Thursday’s most doctors like to be out of the office by 3 or sooner . You just have to research what you like and see what kinds of jobs are out there. I, for one, know I’m not built for the entrepreneur life. That’s way toooo much stress. For the most part, entrepreneurs spend a lot of their time At work! Years and experience gets them where they can take whatever time they need off .

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  21. Kyla Ky says:

    I currently have a 9-5 but dream of becoming an entrepreneur. I work for a large company but I do not wish to work for someone for the rest of my life. I know owning a business is a sacrifice but I’m willing to put the work in … I just need to figure out what business I’d like to run. I don’t get the “shaming” though from entrepreneurs. Not everyone is fit to run a business or even wants to run one, nothing wrong with working a 9-5.

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  22. Angelica S. says:

    I am working a 9-5, which works out for now, because I have a 6 year old and a lot of his school breaks coincide with the days I get off plus the amount of sick and annual leave that I accumulated over the years. Like this Christmas break for example, the office was closed Christmas and Christmas Eve and will be closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but I used three of my personal days, which turned into an 11-day vacation! I only needed a sitter for one day! 🙂

    Great article by the way!

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  23. Alex says:

    This is true not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Those entrepreneurs that shame are just not marketing correctly. It’s all about getting your business in front of the right people and available for those people to find you. If you do that you won’t have time to shame others who work a 9-5. All in all its about being happy with your career be it having your own business or working a 9-5.

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  24. I am so happy I came across this article on twitter. I am at my desk jumping for joy on the inside. My Christian Lifestyle blog has grown so much with me being a Brand Manager for the company I currently work with!! Working while building your dreams is a GREAT space to be in!!

    Thanks so much for sharing, and letting us other #bossbabes know that we can work both for ourselves and others and be JUST AS FAB!! <3 <3

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  25. Cherry says:

    Thank you for this!

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  26. DNN says:

    While a 9 to 5 job may never go out of style because of people using that as means of their 1st source of bread & butter, affiliate marketing should be considered as a stable side hustle. Anyone can get started like Necole did such as starting a blog and joining multiple affiliate networks as an affiliate marketer-blogger-publisher. Build your business from scratch by creating “lots and lots of content,” and [do the transformation business work] while holding down a 9-to-5 day job. In as little as 2 to 3 years, anyone can potentially keep their day job while earning healthy affiliate income from affiliate marketing + blogging. While it’s no get rich quick operation overnight, you’ll have to put forth effort in this line of work and have lots of faith before the coming a full-time blogger-Internet marketer and possibly making more money then your day job. Making more money online versus your 9-to-5 day job is possible you believe and “do the transformation business work at full strength!” 🙂

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  27. Cabrini_VA says:

    I recently started my own business 6 months ago. I still work a 9-5. I will work my 9-5 until my business can pay my bills. I don’t knock either. People do what works for them. Unfortunately I have to entertain social media daily because that’s a less costly way of marketing.

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  28. Tremaine KR says:

    So important! So many times I see women who own their business(es) acting as though they are “more than” the woman who works for someone else.

    You can feel proud and remain ‘humble’ at the same time. Owning your own business is not for everyone AND truth be told sometimes you can make less than someone in a 9-5. Whatever your truth is walk firm in that but allow people to walk and live their own.

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  29. Kandy Dancy says:

    If you own your own business or work 9 to 5…being able to take care of self and family is what a boss is all about …so just be proud no matter what!

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  30. I work a so called 9-5 but I put in more hours than that because I love what I do for a living. I am a Union Rep to be! I believe in the JLM (Joint Labor Management) movement. I was born a boss and will die a boss because I believe in my work but most of all I believe in ME!!

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  31. Just read an essay touching on this and felt like xoNecole was missing this perspective with what millennial BW “should” be doing. Thanks for checking the privilege in being an entrepreneur bc everybody ain’t meant or got time for that.

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  32. Jen Smith says:

    heeeeeeey!!!! this is a really good article, regardless what they say we still poppin’ with a 9-5 don’t let these social media bosses fool you. 401k, Health Insurance, PTO’s lol. Love it.!!!!

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  33. Do that and still work on creating my own. Its exhausting and every other day I want to give up but I’m beyond that thought. I’ll say I can’t do this and in an hour i’m back at it again. I don’t remember who said you had to be addicted to wanting success in order to achieve it but I know I’m close because I’ve never been so tiered and energetic at the same time.

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  34. I agree with you Jen Smith…Yes, we are still popping! I know entrepreneurs who can’t even afford health insurance let alone afford to take a week or two off to go on a vacation. I’m good with my 9 to 5 “BossGirl” position. I love the fact that my employer covers my health insurance, contributes to my 401K, pays me to go on vacation 6 weeks out of the year, gives me a NICE annual bonus just for doing my job, and a host of other perks! Many say we’re not bosses because we report to someone. Heck in my opinion the same way the person I report to can fire me for not doing my job the state and federal offices that regulate the laws and bylaws for entrepreneur businesses can come and SHUT them DOWN if they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing (at the end of the day we all report to somebody). I salute all my 9 to 5 “GirlBosses”.

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  35. Yes, i feel like if ur business make what i make on a yearly, im just as much of a boss as you. I may not like my work environment but thats what promotions are for. Keep grinding. I do side hustles to keep my bank account plenished just fine. And if your business isnt doing 6 figures how much of a boss are you more than the next lol? But i dont always have business for my side hustles and thats okay. But ladies feel proud of how you take care of your self and family.. dont let ppl make u feel other wise!!

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  36. Arii says:

    I work in Hotel Hospitality industry in Chicago…sometimes I wish I could find a steady 9 to 5 Monday through Friday.

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  37. Tobi says:

    I really needed to read this as I strongly believe I am not cut out for entrepreneurship as I love structure but everyone thinks I’m crazy as its a new “must” to have a side hustle, even my mum keeps asking Wat business I’m interested in starting… This just reaffirms my belief that I’m not cut out for that…

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  38. The Robot Rebel says:

    One other point, It is important for us to show up in all aspects from the boardroom, to the classrooms to entrpreneuership. We must dominate in all areas. There isn’t one way. If you look at history, for example Harlem’s history we thrived off of entrpreneurship, it is just a part of who we are. We are innovators and need to be present in corporate, education and entrprenuership in general. It’s not so much the Social Media Entrpreneurs are “selling” to anyone who will listen, it’s more about the empowerment and sharing that they can take risks and see benefits for living out their dreams. This is apart of our who we are and it’s ok! This entrpreneurship movement is not new, it just feels that way becasue of social media. It isn’t fair to type cast entrepreneurs or 9to5’ers. Maybe talk about how much we have been dominating in certain corporate industries or how African American Females are the fastest growing Entrpreneurs making up over $44 Billion in revenue in the last two years! Celebrate us being great in all areas. We are dominating and creating wealth and looking fly at the same damn time! We are Bold, Bankable and Beautiful! It’s just time to celebrate, you know? Being an Entraprenuer should never be taken off the table. Our economy depends on financial freedom through start-ups, small businesses and creating opportunities. Necessity sparks innovation! Less decisive pov’s and more CHEERING US ALL ON, lol. I love this article, good healthy discussion amongst thinkers and doers. Many Blessings!

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  39. Jennifer.B says:

    I work a 9-5 , and I also currently have a business on the side as well. My ultimate goal is to be fully employed with my own business building multiple streams of income for myself and family.
    Being a Business owner is not easy by far and should only be pursued if it involves your undeniable passion and will to never give up to successfully make it work no matter what obstacles comes your way. Everyone has a purpose and everyone’s purpose is not aligned with owning a business. Being a “Boss” does not make you any more successful than someone who is independent and working a 9-5 taking care of their own. Truth be told in order for society to exist their has to be business owners and there has to be people that work 9-5″s period. Making people believe that if your not a “Boss” and less than the next person who is totally ridiculous , as a Business owner you should understand the majority of your customers or clients will be the dedicated 9-5 workers and without them there is no business! My advice to business owners “be humble”.

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  40. Taj Charmed says:

    umm yeah most ppl are sheep so having a 9-5 will always be more accepted versus an being an Entrepreneur… Sorry Im into building an empire for my family and not just working for 1

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