Thursday 8 December 2016

Self-employed do so much for our country: it is time we gave something back

Leo Varadkar

Published 24/10/2016 | 02:30

Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

I grew up over the shop. My dad was the local GP, my mother the practice nurse and manager. The practice was our converted garage. Until we moved to an extended house, my dad's patients would come to our front door, and our sitting room doubled as a waiting room during surgery hours.

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I learned a lot about hard work from my parents' experience of running their own business. And I was impressed by the effort that my uncle put into his farm.

These are stories that so many other self-employed people will recognise. Long hours, hard work, considerable financial risk offset by the freedom of being your own boss, the pleasure of doing the work you love and, if successful, the possibility of a good income and an asset that could be passed on to your children.

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