Have you ever dreamt about escaping the 9-5 rat race? Does the idea of working for yourself excite you? Many people often state they would like to work for themselves but when it comes to actually taking action people seem to run the other way. Coming up with many ‘what ifs’ and worrying about financial stability and so on.You can start your own business just as a hobby with a few hours each night after work. It doesn’t mean you have to quit your job straight away, if you are that worried about having no income to support yourself. If your business shows signs of growth then you will know when the time is appropriate to pack it in and live the self employed dream.Here are 5 simple reasons that I hope will motivate you to take action on any business ideas you have.1. Establishing Your Own Numbers. Everybody can take a rough guess at what they will earn over the next 5,10 or even 20 years in a regular job. People seem to get attached to the so called job security of a mid level manager job earning $45,000 per year. But in this current economic climate no one knows what jobs will stay and which won’t. We can all work out how much we can save if we earn ‘X’ amount for ‘Y’ number of years. But can we really plan for what happens during that time? When you work for yourself you set the numbers. You have the ability to take it as far as you like, instead of slaving away earning money for other people. You can set your own goals and don’t stop until you get there.2. Construct Your Own Schedule. Sick of waking up to the alarm every morning? Just imagine, you have to complete this same routine, day in day out for the next 30-40 years! Slogging away at a 9-5 just to earn a few years of retirement where you can finally ‘enjoy’ life. Work for yourself and you construct your own life. Work when you want and for how long you want.Some people are extremely productive at work over a couple of hours, others will only produce the same amount of work over 20 hours throughout the week. People then spend the rest of their time staring at the clock waiting for Friday to come. When working for yourself you can maximise your productivity levels. Only putting the hours in when you know you are going to complete the most work.3. Work From Anywhere. One of the biggest growing industries in terms of working for yourself is the internet. This industry allows people to work from wherever they want! Having true flexibility and freedom. You are no longer constrained to a tiny office space and can work anywhere with a laptop and an internet connection.4. Follow Your Passion. Are you working in a job purely just for the pay check? Do you have a passion for something but have never pursued it? Create a business involving something you love and you will never get sick of working. How much easier would it be to be productive and actually produce results when its on a subject that you actually like?5. Be Your Own Boss. Everybody has had a boss that they’ve disliked or even hated. Become self employed and your the boss! You choose where you want the business to go. You choose who surrounds you in your work place and who you outsource your work too. The amount of responsibility may be daunting for some people, but forcing yourself into that position will make you adapt. It will bring out the creative side in you and allowing you to open up your mind to new ideas.I hope these 5 basic tips have given you the inspiration to pursue your dreams. To escape the 9-5 rate race and follow your passion. Now is the right time to start taking action! Not tomorrow. NOW! Just start and never look back.