What it’s like to work for yourself, and why it’s okay to talk to cats


Don’t have a cat? No problem – replace with what pet you have. Plants or inanimate objects work too.


“You’re doing great work today, Christine,”

“Why thank you pen, holder.”


Working from home has both pros and cons, like most things in life, but there’s no denying it can make you a little stir crazy. Here are a few things that some people might not tell you when you’re about to start your solopreneur journey.


SNACKING


When you worked in an office, you took in food for the entire day. If you ate it all before 10am, well, tough for you. But when you’re at home you get to know your fridge very well. So well that it starts to talk to you. It calls you. It knows your name.

And how do you ignore a fridge who calls you?


Speaking of… I’m hungry now. I’ll be back…


WASHING


You start to take an almost maniacal approach to washing your clothes. You laugh at the fact that you get to wash them on a week day and take small pleasure in ALL THAT TIME you just saved on the weekend.

Truthfully, it’s just another distraction. At least this time it’s a productive one.


HOURS


Before you embark on the self-employment journey, you actually believe that you’re going to have MORE free time to do things you want to do. You picture yourself getting up whenever you want and taking midday breaks to catch up on TV shows, or read all the books piled up next to your bed. Okay, perhaps you don’t think that – but you at least assume you’ll have MORE time.


Then you actually start working for yourself.


What? Where did all the time go?


Suddenly, you feel like you have less of it. You wake up early to stuff in as much extra work as you can, and you find yourself working in the evenings and even on weekends. You keep promising to take a full weekend off, but you find yourself thinking about work all the time, and doing it anyway. Why? Because suddenly YOU’RE in charge of how much money you get. You don’t work, you don’t get paid.


ATTIRE


There are times, perhaps more often than you’d care to admit, that you’ll look down at your clothes and notice you are wearing the same clothes you slept in. Of course, you’ll only notice this when the delivery man drops something off for you.


TRAVEL


You become so accustomed to working from home that you forget what it’s like to drive in traffic. You develop small panic attacks at the thought of other cars around that you schedule all your meetings around quiet times.


SOCIABLE


You sometimes forget what it’s like to interact with other people. Sure you have your (insert animal or plant of choice here) but being with them is not the same as actual human interaction. So you go out, you forget to iron your clothes, and you walk up to the first random stranger and squeal… ‘Ahhh, aren’t you a cute little boy.’ Then you walk away, shamefaced, and simply make your way home.


I’ve been working for myself for a long time now, and despite some very big cons, the pros will always outweigh them for me. Not everyone suits working for themselves from home, and you definitely have to be a lot more dedicated to working hard and finding the right clients. You also have to learn how to make the time for yourself and how to actually switch off in the evenings. But sitting at my desk, working hard, drinking my coffee and trying to ignore my fridge, is truly a place I feel happy at.


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