I’m a firm believer that being self-employed and working from home is the best thing…ever. Sure I’ve had some negative remarks from some people and there are a few drawbacks to calling the shots but ultimately I love it and I’m confident that once you’ve given it a go, you will too! Heres my top reasons why I think being your own boss is the best decision you’ll ever make.
Obviously this doesn’t mean you can run wild willy-nilly. You will still need some kind of structure to get that all important daily to-do list ticked off, but it’s that freedom to create your own schedule that I really love. I enjoy writing blog posts first thing in the morning – sometimes as early as 7am because my mind is fresh and it’s a nice chilled thing to do whilst I eat my porridge and drink my tea.
There is also plenty of room for creative freedom which is what I love most about my job. As chief designer I get to dedicate as much time as I like (assuming I’m not snowed under with orders!) and can design until my heart is content. Any designer-maker will understand that feeling of joy that you experience when your vision comes to life in a real-life physical product. I imagine it’s something like when new parents gush about how they made their new beautiful baby – they made him/her! Well that’s how I feel when I’m doing my photography and packaging up orders, that lovely feeling never goes away.
Goodbye office politics – you will not be missed!
I’m sure you know exactly what I mean, haven’t we all worked in an environment whereby there have been a vulture or two…well i’ve had my fair share of these vultures and honestly this is one of the best things about being your own gaffa. You get to escape the sometimes bitchy workplace and get to get enjoy time with your number 1 workmate (YOU!). And even if you work with others, there is also the luxury of choosing who you work with so your day can be filled with equally minded people who appreciate unicorns and rainbows as much as you do.
Commuting is a BREEZE!
Have I mentioned how amazing the commute is? All 10 seconds that it takes me to walk from my bedroom to my studio, it’s AMAZING! If I clock off at 5:00PM (never happens!) I could be on my sofa for 5:01PM, epic! Who wants to stand on a smelly commuter train surrounded by equally grumpy faces? – Let’s be honest, commuters do nothing other than a) look miserable and b) stare at their phones – BORING! If you’re lucky enough to be self-employed AND work from home then you are one jammy so ‘n’ so! Cutting out your daily commute means you’ll have save a TON of time, which means either a) you can start working earlier and finish earlier (and get more you time!, or you can use that time to get much more work done. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found the commute exhausting – by the time I’ve rushed around getting ready, running for transport and spent 30 minutes standing pretty much on top of other people on a packed train, by the time I arrive at the office I feel shattered and ready for a nap. Nope, that life is not for me, I’d rather be at my desk at home at 7/8am with a clear head, a lovely brew and happy knowing that I’m about to get a mountain of SHIZ done!
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Me I’m somewhere in between. Some days I will be ready to work before 7am, some days 1pm and sometimes I’ll even still working gone midnight. I work when I feel most productive – this is not a luxury that most of us get when employed by somebody else. Obviously this really depends what industry you work in and your commitments but as I have an online store, I pretty much have full flexibility as long as I make the post run deadline (9pm so not bad at all!). A lot of us are not morning people and going into work bleary eyed at 9am is something usually dreaded. 9am is not so bad if you’re working from home…depending how long it takes to get showered , you could get our of bed as late as 8:30am. That means you can you can go to bed at midnight and still get your full 8 hours. When I was working for others I would usually have to leave the house at 7:30am – that means getting up at 6-6:30 and having to be in bed for 10pm to get those 8 hours (which never happened!). The result? Going into work a bit grumpy and feeling sleep deprived, counting down to the hours until I could go to bed (late) again… Have I sold self-employment and home-working to you? I bet I have!
You get to plan fun stuff…
You see the image I have used at the top of this post? That was taken during a business meeting with my partner at a lovely little cake shop where we decided to plonk ourselves for a couple of hours to plan the upcoming months. This place has relaxing coffee shop music playing in the background, they serve a gazillion different flavours of tea and a range of mouth-watering cakes that are freshly baked in store. That lovely afternoon is what I planned – ME, I got to decide that. And you can to if you give up the day job (assuming of course that you have your business going and cash flow sorted!). You know what we do at Hippo & Co. when our inspiration/motivation starts dragging its heels? We take a day trip out somewhere to boost our spirits and seek inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Our favourite place for this is York, with its cobbled streets and chocolate-box exterior, it’s the perfect place to escape to, to source new ideas and bring back enthusiasm. It might not be working but it’s definitely work-related and given the choice, who wouldn’t do this as part of their job?!
There we have it, my favourite things about working for myself from home. What are your thoughts on self-employment and/or working from home? What do you love the most?