since the events of last year the god awful break up which left my life upside down and me rapidly spinning out of control I had only just at the time started working for my self so I was very stressed to say the least I do feel now over a year latter that I have started to pull things back together don’t get me wrong they are by no means perfect as yet but they are getting better day by day.
I’m now having CBT to help me deal with the stress that I’ve been under during the relationship with he who shall not be named I had put on a lot of weight which I have only recently started to shed. So back to the gym it is for me and lot of healthy eating My diet is seriously improved but this can fluctuate most of the foods Ive been eating have had mostly been vegetarian I’ve also found my love of cooking again.
red guacamole I made with onions, baby tomatoes and tomato puree with veggie burgers this was great
Ive also started to draw again which is some thing that I love.
I went on a date on saturday we spent the whole day talking about random stuff it was great I hope we meet up again.
so all in all things are looking up whoop .
So what i relay need to keep doing is focus on doing things that help me out and can keep me moving forward.
I’ve recently been taking on a lot and I’m finding my time is split more and more between personal projects and projects for friends and actual paid work I’m currently building a site for a charity and have editing to do for some one else and I’m supposed to doing photos and filming for a comedy night on sundays all of this is unpaid work this does mean that with all of this I have very little spare time to focus on unpaid work for people so I’m think what I’m going to have to do is put a slow down on the unpaid stuff.
I was speaking to a business mentor the other day who suggested that i set aside a set amount of time each month that I can focus on unpaid work which i think is fair and by far a better way of doing things any thing out side of this time would have to be answered with a request for some remuneration for my time time is money after all.
At the end of the day it comes down to the fact even though I work for my self doesn’t mean that I can work for free which is true I have bills to pay I have retirement to save up for just like every one else does.
the down side to this is that it does mean I haven’t had much time to focus on my drawing which is something that Ive recently got back into.
I set my hours I work when I want and where I want now this can have both positive and negative effects some times this means I over work my self
2. I can chose what projects I work on
I Don’t have to have projects handed to me and work on my part of it then sign off and thats it Im there from start to finish of the project
3. I’m not tide to a desk all day
I can work any where that I can get a wifi signal in the past i have edited videos in coffee shops and worked on websites on trains I have even worked on my own sofa
4.I only have to work with others when I want or need to
I have become a bit on a recluse of late and this is because a lot of the time Being in a room full of people babbling away can distract me and I find it some times hard to concentrate
5.the creative freedom
since being self employed I have felt that I have become more creative and have had more time to sit and think on things that I want to do
What I Don’t love about it
1. chasing invoices
as part of being self employed you are going to have to send out invoices to customers this isn’t a problem I use a great system called wave for most of my work out side of people per hour and for people per hour its mostly dealt with by there systems but the one thing i hate having to do it chase delinquent invoices that have not been paid by clients its a bit of a bug bear of mine.
2. being overworked
this can sometime be a good thing but I think something that I still have to learn about being self employed is setting boundaries for when I should work and when I shouldn’t.
3. not having enough work
being self employed can have its peaks and troughs meaning that one month I can have lots of work on and the next I can find my self just getting the required amount in I hate these times because they can lead to self doubt but yet again I think this is down more to time management than any thing else
4. finding a good work life balance
I only put this in the hate section as I find it a bit of a struggle but i assume I shall figure this out in time as I am only early on in my self employed Journey.
5. feeling unsure about the future
as any one who has ever started there own business or become self employed will know one of the most scary things can be letting go of the safe net that a monthly wage brings
I have been freelanceing for nearly 2 years now on and off and I feel that I have quite a good grasp of the market place and how things work
and as the following image shows there is always going to be a direct coloration between scope(ie what the project requires) cost( how much your willing to spend ) and schedule( how long you have yo complete said project ) all of these have an effect on what the quality of the final product is going to be such as some body as king for a site to be built that mimics say google for £100 you may find somebody that is willing to do this for you for that price but its going to take a while to get that site its not going to be a rush job.
This brings me to my point all clients out there please don’t take this to much to heart but are you mad when you ask a professional to build you a fully working site with all bells and whistles included with in 2 days for £100.00 this is not really feasible you can get it done in that time scales yes but as its a rush job and your designers is more than likely going to have yo pull a all night to get it completed for you in that time scale .
Your going to get charged more I’m sorry but that is the way of things and it upsets me that people can not get this there is a direct connection between time and cost the saying time is money is not simply that a saying it is a truth that many people in the freelancing world live and work by.
Because that fact of the matter is that when i spend a whole weekend building your site that is a whole weekend that I have lost and I am not getting to spend with my friends or family . this brings me down to the roots of this at the end of the day would you work a full weekend on a project for some one else and expect to get paid a pitance I don’t think you would now would you .
a few examples of client stupid ness can be found here http://clientsfromhell.net/