I’ve just celebrated 12 months working for myself, and the only thing I regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing and there have been issues that I couldn’t even imagine before I went out on my own, but the year has just flown. Financially, physically and mentally, I’m in a much better position than I was a year ago.
I know it’s scary leaving the security of a regular wage, but it’s not the only way to earn a crust. It’s quite possible you could be earning even more crusts on your own, once you take the leap. I’m also a little bit tired of concerned friends, still in office jobs who, when they ask “How’s it going?”, really mean “Are you struggling to survive?”.
So here are some myths I’d like to bust about working for yourself.
1. If you’re working for yourself you must be earning less
I’m sure this is the case for some people, but that’s quite possibly because they’ve chosen the lifestyle over the rat race and the big bucks. It took me a few months to build it up, but financially I’m in a better position now than I was working for a large company. And I’m definitely not starving, thanks for asking.
2. If you’re not in an office you’re not working
Just because I can go home after a morning meeting, doesn’t mean I’m not working. Or just because I’m sitting in a café, doesn’t mean that I’m taking it easy. If I’m typing I’m probably filing and when I go home I’ll do another couple of hours before I go to bed. The hours are all over the place, but I love it.
3. Only office jobs provides security
Really? Have you seen what’s going on in the media industry lately? Personally I’ve felt more secure and in control doing this, than I was when I was working at a big media company. I know my clients well enough now (how fast they pay invoices is usually a good indication of their financial positions) and they know and respect what I do, to have confidence in our professional relationship. I can also diversify into other types of work and get experience at new things, and that provides better security for my future.
4. You end up working in your pyjamas all the time
Ok, so maybe I still do this a lot of the time, but only when I have to get things out early in the morning. Most of the time, just like everybody else, I like to start the day with a shower and getting dressed.
So if any of these things are stopping you from leaving the corporate world, perhaps this little reality check might give you the impetus you need to take the plunge. I highly recommend it.
Would you like to be working for yourself? What do you need to get started and what’s holding you back?