On Being Self-Employed
The most difficult thing one has to face when working for oneself, is the daily, sometimes, hourly, emotional roller coaster ride that is self-employment.
One moment might be spent rejoicing in the freedom of not having a structured schedule, and the next spent going through the checkbook, realizing there is approximately $5 left for the week. And it is only Tuesday. Or doing a victory dance because a client is thrilled with the work that was just produced, only to receive a phone call a few minutes later that you lost an account for what appears to be no reason at all.
There were times in my first full year of self-employment that I considered changing direction, even taking a job to help pay the bills because nothing was coming in. But my husband repeatedly told me he would not want me to go back to work for someone else.
People told me it would take a year to just figure out what I am doing. I didn't believe them but they were right. And I am telling you the same thing. Except in my opinion it takes about three years. They also said I wouldn't make any real money for five years. Right again.
This coming May, I celebrate eight years of full-time self-employment. It is not for the faint of heart for sure. An incredible support system has kept me in the game. Many mistakes and bad decisions have been made. I have also done a few things right. Like ask for help when I needed it.
Thank you everyone who has been there in front, behind, or beside me all this time. I thank God everyday for my family and friends, because when things are tough, it only takes one person to say, "I believe in you". If you need to hear that, then I am here to say it to you. I believe in you.
Now go be that someone for someone else.