My friend, Lynda Kelly, posted this photograph on Facebook yesterday, with the caption: “It’s called being self-employed and popping out to have a meeting with yourself!”
That’s one of the many things I love about being self-employed – the fact that you can take yourself off to a café, or go for a walk by the river, or sit on the beach… to give yourself time to reflect, make notes and develop ideas. And you don’t have to ask for permission!
Admittedly there are some down-sides to being self-employed: you don’t get the regular income that you do when you’re an employee, so there’s always a certain amount of doubt as to whether you’ll be able to pay the bills at the end of the month (although I’ve even cracked that one, pretty much, this year!).
You also don’t get paid while you’re sick, or on holiday. And, if you’re not used to working entirely on your own, it can get lonely at times.
Despite the down-sides, though, I feel much happier since I’ve been working “on my own account”, as they say in other languages. I’ve also been much healthier (if you ignore the 2 bouts of cancer!) – I don’t have coughs and sniffles as often as I used to do when I worked in an office, where lots of other people were spreading their germs!
The benefits of being self-employed
The thing I love most about being self-employed is the autonomy – the freedom to do what you want, when you want, and with whom you want. The buck, as they say, stops with you. And that’s fine by me. I also love the idea of having a totally location-independent business – being able to work from anywhere in the world.
Yes, it would be nice to be earning mega-money – but, to be honest, I don’t think I can be bothered any more! My tastes are simple, and I’m not really into material possessions – so I’m content to earn a more moderate income, if it means I can live a joyful life.
I suppose I’ve realised that my life IS finite, after all, so I want to spend it doing things I enjoy, and being with people I like – rather than chasing after dreams I keep being told I should have, but don’t.
But this is just my personal opinion – and there are countless reasons why people enjoy working for themselves. So, over to you – what do you love most about being self-employed?
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