I’ve been self-employed and working from home for over 12 years now and while I LOVE it… it does have its drawbacks.
For anyone who has never been self-employed, here are just a few of the negatives:
- You NEVER leave the office. It’s always right there and it takes a whole lot of self-discipline to shut the door and forget about it at night.
- People find it difficult to think of you as being ‘at work‘ and will call on you at all kinds of inconvenient times – or ask you to help out with things during the day that they’d never ask someone who had a ‘real’ job. Again, a LOT of self-discipline is required to say no!
- The stress level is often higher. Most people have no idea of their employer’s financial situation and so a missed contract here and there might get them a stern talking to but is no big deal to them. For the self-employed person, every contract, every invoice is money in the bank to help pay the bills at home. If you get lazy for a little while, you don’t earn anything. STRESSFUL!
- There’s no-one to bounce things off of. One of the biggest benefits I found of working in a large office is that there’s always someone to bounce ideas off of, to strategize with and to give you support when things don’t work out quite right. When you’re on your own, you lose those benefits.
- There’s no-one to take some of the work off of your shoulders. It’s you. It’s all you. If something needs to get done then you have to do it. There’s no-one to help, no-one to delegate to, no-one else to blame ( 🙂 ) It’s all you!
- You have to be a jack-of-all-trades. I’m an accountant, website designer, technician and CEO. I’m also the support desk, the advertising department, complaints department, legal department, secretary, sales team, strategist, manager and cleaner.
- It can be mighty lonely, especially when things aren’t going right. There’s no-one else to take the blame. No-one to field calls from angry customers, no-one to take the weight off your shoulders and no-one to interact with.
- There’s no real career ladder. If you want to meet a certain target, you’ve got to design it yourself and work out how to meet it yourself. There’s no structure already in place for you to plug into and work your way up.
Despite all this, I LOVE what I do.
I get to help people. I get to charge people nothing if I don’t want to charge them. I get to do what I love to do with no-one telling me to do it differently
I’m unencumbered by the big corporate machine. If I see a niche to move into or find a new way to help people, I can just do it. No questions asked… because there’s no-one to ask any questions!
I am so glad that I am self-employed and can help all the people I help. I just hope that I get to help even more in the future!
The second, in particular might help quite a few of you bloggers out there!
Thanks for stopping by today.
If you’re thinking of going self-employed, I’d love to chat with you about it, answer any questions you may have and maybe give you some pointers!