Although my self-employment experiment only lasted for about four months last summer, I can relate to a lot of the issues that self-employed people face every day: loneliness, only getting paid when you work and so forth. I like doing a mix of both but in a few years who knows where my feelings will lie. Today, PF Pro contributor, Kali Hawlk takes a look at what it’s like being self-employed and how exactly do you stay motivated on those days when you’d rather not work?
Today is one of those days where the only thing I want to do is grab a book I’m reading, make a cup of tea, and make a blanket fort to crawl into and hide from the world like I did when I was a kid.
But unfortunately, when you’re the boss of a small digital business, that’s not an option. Not if you want to keep making money, that is.
There are a lot of business-related fires to put out right now, but I’m tired and it’s cold outside, and a small part of me feels jealous of people who work as employees in someone else’s business.
Every day, I get to make a choice. I can work hard and keep hustling… or I can wander off and go play all day. I’ll be honest with you: I completely underestimated how difficult it is to stay self-motivated and self-driven when you work for yourself out of your own home. The responsibility and the pressure to perform is tiring, to say the least. Some self-employed days I feel powerful and successful. Other days I feel like I’m hanging on to a runaway freight train and it’s all I can do to keep from falling off.
To be sure, this whiny, woe-is-me confession is not my finest self-employed moment. But in making it, I’m reminded why I choose self-employment again and again. [Continue reading]