Time management

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.

some images attached.


 

 

5 Things I Love about being self employed and 5 I Dont

Things I Love about it

1.I’m my own boss

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