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