The Pros and Cons of Having a Personal Finance Company

Owning your own personal finance company can be beneficial; however, like with most small businesses, it’s not without its risks or drawbacks. If you’re considering starting your own finance company, you should consider the pros and cons of the decision before you jump in and decide to take the risk as not fully understanding the advantages and disadvantages involved may hinder your progress as a successful entrepreneur.

Business Control

Owning your own business gives you sole responsibility over all business decisions, which can be a blessing and a curse. If you’re an entrepreneurial spirit, though, you’ll love this business advantage. You’ll have the power to control how active your business is as well as how much it grows. Likewise, owning your own finance company gives you the opportunity to hire competent people who have the best interest of your company in mind.

Salary Potential

Working for an employer, your salary is pretty much set, and there is little opportunity for you to earn more. However, when you work for yourself, your earning potential is almost limitless. You hold all the keys to increasing your income, including productivity, pricing, and even marketing. While you aren’t necessarily guaranteed a high salary by starting a personal finance company, you do have the potential to substantiate a lucrative income.

Pursue Your Passion

Most people go there whole lives “working for the man.” Starting a personal finance company can be your way to switch bosses and pursue your passion. You’ll be able to work in the field that you have a vested interest in, and you’ll be doing it for yourself instead of someone else.

Demanding Hours

Owning a business is no easy task. Most business owners work long hours, especially when the company is new. Being responsible for the success of the company means that you’ll put in a lot of time upfront that you wouldn’t have to if the business weren’t your own.

Financial Risks

With your interest in finance, you probably already understand the potential risks of starting your own company. However, it’s worth pointing out. Whether your startup costs were covered by a business loan or your own savings that financial investment is at risk. There is no guarantee that you won’t eventually go out of business or lose that initial investment.


Running your own business also comes with certain risks of liability. Creditors or even customers may be able to ascertain your personal assets if you default on business obligations. Likewise, you could be at risk of a law suit in certain situations.

Having a personal finance company is a major advantage in many ways, but it is important to consider the potential drawbacks before becoming vested in a new business venture.

Jonah Engler is a financial expert from New York City.