I've worked for myself for almost two years. And I know it often seems like it's all rainbows and butterflies. But trust me, it's not. Sure, it's fun and totally awesome sometimes, but working for yourself isn't easy. And, let's all be honest, working for someone else has a lot of perks to.
Let's take a look at some of the common assumptions, shall we.
Assumption: You can take any day off you want
Reality: Ok, Ok. I guess technically this is true. However, that doesn't mean you actually can or that you should. The work has to get done at some point and I'm the only one who can do it.
Assumption: It's easy
Reality: Trust me when I say this, it's not easy. Between wondering if I'm a sell out or a failure or doing enough work or being productive enough, I wonder how in the heck I get any work done at all.
Assumption: You get to do what you want whenever you want
Reality: Ok technically if I don't feel like doing something one day I can do something another day and I don't have anyone breathing down my neck. But I do have deadlines. And sometimes self-imposed deadlines are the worst because there's no one there making sure you actually get stuff done.
Assumption: You don't work a full time job/you don't work 40 hour a week
Reality: You're right. I probably don't work 40 hours a week. Some weeks I work more. Sometimes I don't even have a day off. I worked on vacation. I work when we have friends in town. I actually kind of always work or I'm at least always prepped to work because if an order comes in I have to deliver. And if I'm not working, I'm worrying about work.
Assumption: You don't have to answer to anyone
Reality: I have to answer to myself. And, well, I'm the worst boss and the worst critic ever. Sometimes I'd rather answer to a boss.
Assumption: You don’t have to have a schedule
Reality: I have weeks when I have an intense schedule and weeks when I just work through my lists of tasks. However, if I just go about things all willy nilly, I don't accomplish anything.
Assumption: It's amazing all of the time
Reality: Nope. Just nope.
Assumption: You feel totally relaxed
Reality: Also nope. If I'm not stressing out about sales, I'm stressing about blogs. If it's not that then it's if I'm working hard enough or if people will like my stuff. If it's not that, it's what I should be creating or when I should be creating. If it's not that it's what happens when the orders stop or if there's too many orders. So, definitely, nope.
Assumption: You don't work as hard as people who work for others
Reality: In my little company, I'm the creative department, the manager, the marketing department, the CEO, the President, and any other title that needs to be done.
Assumption: You don't ever have to deal with people (and that's really awesome)
Reality: Honestly, y'all. I feel like I've become way more introverted since working for myself. And sometimes I go crazy without any human interaction. So while it's nice sometimes, I do miss human interaction.
Assumption: You can wear pajamas every day.
Reality: Have you ever worn pajamas all day every day? Trust me, it's not as fun as it sounds.
There's also a ton of uncertainty. I have no idea how much I will make in a month. And if anything ever happens to Mr. T's job, well, I don't even want to think about that.
And we have to make a lot of sacrifices. I try not to think about what it would be like if I was still working my corporate job.
Here’s the thing. I love working for myself and I think it's awesome and it's the best thing for me. However, it doesn't mean that it's all sparkles and rainbows. There are positives to working for yourself and negatives to working for yourself (just like there are positives and negatives to working for someone else).