Taking the plunge into becoming self-employed

Perhaps one of the scariest moments in your life, taking the plunge to be dependent on yourself is no easy task.
I mean it hasn't been easy, and it's not like I woke up one day and decided to quit working for the man and decide to work for myself. 
It's something that required time, preparation and figuring out whether or not I could make it work financially for myself.
So here's what I learnt along the way to becoming self-employed and why it has probably been the best choice I've made so far.

Chasing cash goes round and round - literally
This is probably one of the more frustrating parts of being self-employed and one that I know many others experience. Now don't get me wrong, the majority of companies are great at making payments on time, but there are always the odd ones that lead you on a wacky race, like they're Dick Dastardly, tediously making you go through loops but in the end results you feel a little like Penelope Pitstop making your way through the finish line.
It makes budgeting really stressful but worth it in the long run when the lump sum finally hits your bank account.

Awkward attire leggings and hoodies, it's the office wear.
I loved the days of getting dressed up, normally in some sort of suit and a pair of killer heels to match, but who's kidding. I barely had time to put my makeup on, let alone look drop dead gorgeous in a suit. In reality I always looked exhausted, tired of trying to dress to impress and for what? Now it's all about throwing on a pair of leggings and that oversized jumper that you should have probably thrown out by now, but somehow can't bare to part with. The only times I ever dress up for work is when there's a meeting or a Skype call and I'm okay with that. I'm now only dressing to impress me and who isn't won over by a girl on her fourth cup of coffee, wearing yesterdays leggings and a gym top that you know has never been worn to the gym.

Feeling like you need to be working 24/7 - dedication isn't always the key to success.
When I first started the old self-employment, I thought I always needed to be working, every second of the day, no matter what. In reality I'm still a little like that, because missing a deadline means missing out on something big. In some ways there is so much more pressure put on you to make money, to be better than everyone else, to stand out from the crowd and to be heard by the masses. It's true, it does work like that, but being self-employed doesn't mean 24/7. It means planning better, creating schedules and putting in the effort. It means odd hours but ones that you can choose.

I know being self-employed isn't for everyone, but for me it has been a little bit of a revelation. So what do you guys go through if you're self-employed, what are your experiences?


Sarcasm and Style. said...

Ah I've heard so many different things about going self-employed, but as long as you work hard which I have no doubt you do, and believe in yourself you'll do great!

Looking forward to reading more xx

Old Fashioned Susie said...

Yes to all the above. Structure your days and timetabling your tasks really helps