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 – at home – 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. When you work for someone else, you’re bound and constrained by their schedule and expectations so there is no room for manoeuvre to work in a way that gets the best out of you. Personally, I find working from as early as 5AM to be my most productive time of day – I’ve got a fresh mind and I can sit an enjoy some tea and toast if I wish to whilst putting my brain fully to the task in my pjs. You know those tired feels that sometimes creep in after a few hours? Well you can either use this time to grab a shower or even a quick mid-morning nap to boost your energy. The point is, it’s entirely up to you and working in a 9-5 job for someone else couldn’t be more opposite.
If you’re a creative-preneur then you’ll love the fact that there is plenty of room for creative freedom. As Chief Designer, I get to dedicated as much time as I like (assuming I’m not snowed under with orders) and I can design and create until my heart is content. Any designer-maker will understand that feeling of pure joy that you experience when your creative vision comes to life in a real-life-physical-entity. I imagine it’s something like when new parents gush about how they made their new beautiful baby – they made him/her! Admittedly I expect that is a bit of an exaggeration compared to having made a perfect little baby, but you get my point. When I’m doing my photography, packaging up orders and seeing designs develop, the lovely feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes with it 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 bitchy workplace and are able to enjoy time with your number 1 workmate (YOU!). 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. Obviously things aren’t always going to be perfect but at least you have a pretty significant say in who you spend your time with.
Commuting is a BREEZE!
Have I mentioned how amazing the commute is? It takes me all of 10 seconds to walk from bedroom to my desk each morning – AMAZING! If I clock off at 5:00PM (never happens but hey I could if I really wanted to) 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 for a second, commuters do nothing other than a) look miserable and/or 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 so you can work earlier and finish earlier if you wish which means getting more ‘you time’, or you can use that time to get so much more shit done. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found the commute exhausting – after getting ready, running for transport and spending 30 minutes pretty much on top of other passengers, by the time I arrive at the office I feel pretty frazzled and ready for a post-commute nap. Nope that life is not for me, I’d rather be at my desk at 7AM with a clear head and a lovely brew (in my own favourite mug!) 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. Most of us are not morning people and going into work bleary-eyed at 9AM is something that we dread. A 9AM start is not so bad if you’re working from home, you can get out of bed as late as 8:30AM and still have time for a shower and some toast before starting. This means you can you can go to bed as late as 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 yet? I bet I have!
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 as my own boss, I got to decide that…you can to if you give up the day job (assuming of course that you have your business going and cash flow sorted!). At Hippo & Co. HQ we are usually bubbling with creative ideas and plans but like any other creative business, sometimes inspiration and motivation can be lacking. You know what we do when this happens? We take a day trip out somewhere to boost our spirits and seek inspiration. Our favourite place for this is York, what with its cobbled streets and chocolate-box exterior, it’s the perfect place to escape to in order to source new ideas and bring back enthusiasm. It might not be a traditional style of working but it’s definitely work-related and given the choice, who wouldn’t do this as part of their job?!
OVER TO YOU
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?