working for yourself: the pros and cons

It’s been a hot minute since my last blog post. I think I last updated this little corner of the internet in the Spring – whoops! One of my new year’s resolutions is to get back into blogging and I’m determined to stick to it. So for my first blog post of the year (better late than never, right?) I’m talking all things work – working for yourself, to be exact.

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For those of you who don’t know, I have my own Social Media and Digital Marketing business which I now run with my partner, Ben. I’ve been self employed since August 2018 and I’ve learnt a hell of a lot since then. I was a one man band from August 2018 until April 2019 when it became impossible for me to do all of the work on my own anymore. My partner Ben who also has a background in marketing was at the time looking to make a career change from his job in training, so it made perfect sense for him to join me.

As you can imagine, there are both pros and cons to working for yourself. One of the huge cons being sorting out your own taxes! I completed my first tax return this year and I’d never been so confused. I got there in the end, but it’s definitely something that’s not enjoyable!

If you’re self-employed you’re probably all too familiar with the inability to switch off. It’s SO hard and as a result my work/life balance has been pretty terrible over the last year. Only in the last few weeks have I started to become better at giving myself a cut off point where I have to stop work and I’ve been much better at keeping my weekends as work-free as possible. Although I’ve not mastered the work/life balance completely, I’m getting there slowly but surely!

Another downside to working for yourself is that there are no ‘work friends’. I work with my partner so I’m not on my own all of the time thankfully, and the nature of my job means that I’m out and about meeting people a lot but I do sometimes miss having a laugh with friends in work.

All that being said, I LOVE being my own boss. Ever since I was younger, I’ve always seen myself as doing my own thing and it’s always been my long-term goal so I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to do it this early in life (I say this whilst knocking on wood as I don’t want to jinx anything!). Whilst I work long hours and can get stressed out, I really do love it. I love not having a limit of 20 holiday days (although I’ve definitely not taken even this much!), I love being able to book a hair appointment for 11am if I really wanted to. I love that my wage isn’t capped and that I can watch my client list and income grow. I know a lot of people who have said they would find working for themselves their worst nightmare, and I get that. It’s stressful – understatement! But it’s something that I wouldn’t change for the world. I could go on and on, but I feel like my mind is rambling so I will leave it here for today. If you’re self-employed or freelance, I’d love to hear if you relate to any of these things I’ve touched upon!

 

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