Self-Employment | Month One

2.03.2012

Whoa.  That basically sums up month one of self-employment.  I knew I'd like it, but I didn't think it would make a big difference in my overall happiness.  But it did.  Like, whoa.

I've also learned a little about myself in the process.  I've realized I can be really driven and motivated when I'm working on something I truly care about.  I've also realized that work doesn't have to feel like work.  And just because you aren't stressed, anxious, and sleep-deprived 24/7, it doesn't mean you aren't on the road to success.  I definitely prefer being my own boss, working from the comfort of my home, and having the freedom to craft my schedule in a way that fits my needs.  And there's the rub - making my own schedule.  I've found I have way too many temptations, mostly in the vein of reality TV.  Real Housewives, Project Runway, Tabatha Takes Over, oh my!!  (Hey, I never said I watched good TV...)

I have big dreams for this little baby business of mine and if I want it to grow up and succeed, I have to be a good business mommy and put even more time in.  I'm learning as I go and that's the beauty of self-employment.  I figured if I set a few manageable goals each month - rather than try to tackle everything all at once - I should be in a pretty good place by the end of my first year in business.  So I know what I need to do in February.  The biggest and most important thing I need to change - the thing that will impact every other aspect of my business - is making better use of my time.  For this next month, I plan on setting definite "work hours" and sticking to the schedule.  That's not to say I won't go to the grocery store at 3pm if I need to, but I am going to be better about shutting out other distractions, sitting at a proper work place (not on the couch with my laptop), and setting personal deadlines for various items (instead of just making one long to-do list and only tackling the things I like).

Would you find it hard to stick to a schedule if you didn't have a boss to answer to?

18 Comments:

  1. I would LOOOOOOOVE to have the opportunity to be my own boss and set my own hours! Life would be such a joy, I could go to the gym when it wasn't overrun during a long 'lunch' and then not feel bad about taking a day here or there to enjoy a peaceful day on the lake in exchange for a weekend day. I wish you the best, enjoy it!

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  2. I went back and forth with doing well as my own boss. Some days I slept in and didn't get a lot done. I know that's the nice thing about working for yourself, that you can do that, but I always felt better when I stayed on schedule and got dressed, even if I was working at my home office all day (and, like you said, sitting at my desk, not on the couch or working in bed). While you sometimes end up working more than 8 hours total, you can set a pace that allows for family, friends and leisure time, and that's invaluable to work around those things, not the other way around.

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  3. Reality TV could definitely destroy me! The temptation would be too great! I've found that I'm super productive if I take my computer somewhere else. Our city library has a great view of the ocean, so I end up heading there quite often :-)

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  4. i'd love to not neccessarily work for myself, but work from home more. i find i'm pretty good at sticking to work, not turning on the tv, and i'd love to pop to the grocery store at 3 pm if i could. i work from home on the weekends a lot (yay...) and if i'm sick and i'm usually ok with my focus. excited to watch your business grow!

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  5. If I was self-employed I'd be in bed until noon and doing random things all day long. I say that because I've been there. BUT if my sole income was based on my company then I'd definitely be busting my bum to get things done.

    Good luck to you. I know you'll do great!

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  6. congratulations again! so excited for you and can't wait to see how your business grows and develops and inspires you.

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  7. Yes! I would probably look at blogs all day. Oh wait.. I still do that with a boss to answer to! shh! :)

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  8. ahhhh! this is my DREAM! knowing someone else has done it makes me a happy lady :)

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  9. I'm so glad it's working out! Fantastic when a brave move is the right one.

    I've been on a break from uni since November and while there has been heaps of stuff I could have done, writing wise, because I can't stick to any kind of a schedule, it hasn't been done. I definitely struggle but I find any kind of routine is a help - and definitely not sitting on the couch with the laptop!! (My biggest weakness.)

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  10. I don't know if you've read it, but Craft inc is a fab book!!

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  11. Um, unfortunately I think I would have a hard time. I always need direction and tend to get distracted easily. However, when I work from home...I do tend to get more done rather than in the office because people aren't stopping in, don't have other distractions (besides my dvr;) GOOD LUCK!!

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  12. Hey Stephanie, I happen to love this little blog of yours, I'm a new follower. My favorite, was your Nintendo analogy of an About Me section. You pretty much hit the nail on head. After all, we're all little Mario's in Peach's big world. And Duck Hunt rules my husband. :)

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  13. Congrats on your one month self-employment! It was so very brave of you and I'm glad you're figuring out the steps, one at a time

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  14. Yay, I am so happy that you are one month, boss free! When I work from home, I am sitting on the couch with my laptop, so I am probably not the person you want giving you advice. But, I will say this...I get so much more work done when I am home, because I don;t have the distractions of work. But I don;t get dressed (do sweatpants count as dressed?).

    *Erin

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  15. Yay, I am so happy that you are one month, boss free! When I work from home, I am sitting on the couch with my laptop, so I am probably not the person you want giving you advice. But, I will say this...I get so much more work done when I am home, because I don;t have the distractions of work. But I don;t get dressed (do sweatpants count as dressed?).

    *Erin

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  16. I'm not my own boss yet, but I do spend a lot of time on the internet and I made a goal of "working" from my office instead of the couch. More things get done that way! It definitely makes a big difference!

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  17. "And just because you aren't stressed, anxious, and sleep-deprived 24/7, it doesn't mean you aren't on the road to success."--OMG, this statement just so makes my day (and sums up what i also feel, although mine is about transitioning from a high stress law firm job to in house counsel).So happy for you Stephanie! :)

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  18. Going back in your archives and reading this! :) Haha, I think I would totally be like you, too. But that's the pleasure of working from home, right? Sneaky Reality TV breaks!

    --Erika
    http://www.chimerikal.com

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