Updated: Feb 2, 2022
INFJs are quiet and calm people who aren’t usually thought of as entrepreneurs. While we are capable of leading, most of the time we’d rather leave that responsibility to someone else. But there are multiple reasons that INFJs make exceptional entrepreneurs. Our personality and demeanor are well suited to doing our own thing.
There is nothing like the freedom you feel when you get your first car. You can go anywhere all by yourself. No one looking over your shoulder and watching your every move. There’s an even bigger freedom when you move out of your parent’s house. It’s all up to you, every decision you make is only yours.
That’s the same feeling when you start your own business. You have the freedom to do whatever you want. You can run the business the way that you want to, the way that makes sense to you, rather than having to abide by someone else’s rules. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you can do whatever you want to do.
2. Control over your workspace
I’ve worked in a few jobs where the workspace was just awful. It consisted of old, hand-me-down furniture from decades ago, dirty cubicles, loud coworkers roaming the walkways, people yelling on their speakerphones and slamming doors for no reason.
Over the last few years we’ve seen the rise of the open office. It’s a whole different kind of hell for an introvert who likes to work in quiet concentration. That just doesn’t exist anymore.
One of the perks of owning your own business is that you get to decide what your office looks like. You get to decide what kind of desk you want and what kind of coworkers you want as well. There’s no more adjusting to your environment. You can adjust the environment to fit what you like and need.
3. Long term planning
INFJs are amazing at long term planning. We have this amazing ability to see things from the logical perspective and from the emotional perspective. Plus we are killer at thinking things through and seeing what will happen if we go down a certain path. We can see patterns and can predict what will happen based off of those patterns. This gives us an amazing ability for long term planning in our business.
4. Structure planning
INFJs are also amazing at organizing things in the most efficient and logical manner possible. We consider not only ourselves in these decisions, but also everyone around us. We want things to function well for anyone who has to use them, now or in the future.
When you work for yourself you can set things up exactly the way that you like them. You don’t have to abide by anyone else’s rules or standards. You don’t have to convince anyone else that you are right and that your way is better. You can simply establish things that way that you want them.
5. Make a difference
Most jobs have no real purpose to them. You go to work and do your assigned tasks everyday, but does it really make a difference to anyone? Are you changing anyone’s life? Are you providing meaning and purpose where there was none before?
It’s extremely important for INFJs to do work that is meaningful. We want to help others in whatever way that we can. We want to do something that is really meaningful with our lives. When you own your own business what you do is really up to you. And if you find that your work is not meaningful you have the freedom and the opportunity to shift that work into something that is in line with what you want.
Being an entrepreneur is perfect for INFJs
When I was younger I never saw myself as an entrepreneur. I never wanted the responsibility of making my own sales and making all of the decisions. I saw working for someone else as being much more stable and reliable. But the older I get the more I realize that’s not true at all. Working for someone else it’s always stable and reliable. It’s possible to get laid off or fired. It’s possible for those things to happen through no fault of your own.
Being an entrepreneur is perfect for INFJs for a lot of reasons, but mostly because you get to be in control. You don’t have to work with people who suck the life out of you. You don’t have to go to a place that you hate every day. You can use your creativity and your desire to help others and make money by doing those things!