When comparing the personal wellbeing and job satisfaction of people all over the world, entrepreneurs report being happier than non-entrepreneurs. According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, the world’s entrepreneurs are more likely to agree with statements like “my life is close to ideal” or “If I could live my life again, I would not change anything.” And when it came to female entrepreneurs, the report showed women having “a higher degree of subjective wellbeing” than male entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. How can you be as happy as they are? Women cite better pay, more work flexibility and having the ability to make a difference as the reasons for happiness. If you’re not already doing so, 1) make sure you’re paying yourself a fair rate for your role, 2) figure out what you can delegate or how you can restructure your business to gain more flexibility, and 3) engage in socially responsible outreach, whether by giving back to the community through charitable efforts or by building a social responsibility component into your actual business.
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