I was in a roundtable the other day with some smart folks and mentioned that I have never worked “for the man”, besides a short internship after college I have been self-employed my entire professional life.
Afterwards someone asked me if I felt it was a positive or negative not having the corporate experience. I gave some quick answer about not missing out on fluorescent lights and cubicles. But a minute later while walking to the car I gave him another answer after processing the question a bit more.
I feel I am at an advantage because I do not have any preconceived notions.
Notions like how a company should be run
Think about it. Sure I had to learn some things the hard way. But overall I was free to create a company that was not weighed down with baggage brought with me from a previous experience.
What’s your experience? If you left a corporate job to go out on your own.. did you feel free to design the company of your choice, or did you have a “this is the way it is done” mindset? Good and Bad.