Let me preface this by saying that I love my job and my design business, and I am so lucky (and have worked so hard) to have been able to pursue it as a full-time job. But let’s be honest: self employment isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. There are some things I wish people knew about being self employed.
I can’t take days off all the time just because I have no boss to report to. Sure, I am my own boss and therefore I set the work days- but every day that I am not working is a day that I am risking falling behind. And when you get too far behind, things can get ridiculously overwhelming. I think people tend to forget that when you are starting out as a small business, you are ALL of the employees: the boss running the business, the networking lady marketing the business, the assistant answering emails and setting up schedules, and of course the person doing the actual work that people are paying you for. A day off means that all of the above employees are taking the day off as well.
Just because I work from home, doesn’t mean I am always “in the office”. I actually really like getting emails. I think it’s exciting to see what someone has taken the time to send me.. it’s kind of the same buzz I get when I get happy mail to be honest. That being said, while I really do love my clients and am so thankful that they choose to work with me, I cannot reply to every single email the minute it is sent. Especially if that email is sent on a weekend or an evening. Most of my clients respect this, but I definitely have had a handful of people over the last couple of years that like to send emails every ten minutes if they don’t get a response right away. Just because my business runs from my home doesn’t mean that I am constantly connected with it.
It’s nearly impossible to not be a workaholic. I find it really difficult to not intertwine my business life and my personal life, seeing as I’m solely in charge of managing every aspect of my business. I know I will eventually get to a point where I can balance things far better than I am now, but at moment I’m just working on taking small steps to dedicate time to my personal life and relationships. And then after I take those steps, I work into all hours of the night anyways. Please don’t hate on me for dedicating so much time to something that’s so important to me.
There’s nothing I dislike more than hearing “so, did you get much work done today?”. I hate this question. I know it’s likely not intended in this way whatsoever, but every time I hear it I take it as an assumption that I sit at home all day and watch TV while creeping around on Facebook… and then maybe, if I can stop being such a slacker for a minute or two (because I work from home, so it’s way less work than going to an actual job, right?), I could get some work done. Yes. I got much work done today. I got up the same time as you to go to my job (granted, I only had to walk to my closet office) with coffee in hand, sat at my desk and ran my business, and I got much work done today.
That’s all I’m going to list for now, because a) that’s all I can think of right now and b) I don’t want to come off as a pessimistic beeatch because I truly do love my job! I’m also finding this post kind of hilarious, because I am a super sarcastic person but I don’t think it often comes across that way on my blog because I mostly just show you how I dress, haha. So here’s a little taste.. and I hope you enjoyed. :) Happy Thursday!