Self-Employment | Month Two

3.09.2012

My morning latte on our new kitchen table/desk
I'm two months in to this whole "working for myself" business and it's definitely not any easier than before.  But ... I like it more and more everyday.  The first month was a whirlwind trying to figure out just how exactly to go about this whole thing.  My challenge at the end of Month One was setting a work schedule and sticking to it.  This is still a challenge for me but I've been much better about it.  This month was more about figuring out ways to grow the business.  My goal of shooting 10 weddings in 2012 is starting to look more and more like a very real possibility.  So I need to think about what my next steps will be.  I never thought I'd be at this point so early on but that's definitely not a bad thing!  Issues like price increases, branding, redesigning my website/blog, were all things I thought I'd face after the first year or so and yet, here I am.  A lot of this month was spent thinking about what my business represents, what type of clients do I want to work with, and what do I need to project in order to attract those clients.  Slowly, slowly, I'm figuring it out.  Emphasis on slowly...

So here are a few other things I've learned in my second month of self-employment:

- I think there's an "urban myth" of sorts that makes people think that those who are self-employed or work from home don't actually do much work.  I know I used to think that.  I thought working from home meant I'd have all the time in the world to do whatever I wanted - work out, run errands, whatever.  This is absolutely false.  In fact, I have the opposite problem - I find myself doing things that constitute "work" almost all day long while not finding time for much else.  I have to fight the urges and force myself to walk away from the computer after dinner and, even then, I find myself waking up in the middle of the night thinking about work stuff.  Really, it's not that much different than other jobs I've had, I just do it from home instead of an office.

- I actually like working alone, in my home.  I didn't think I would.  I thought I'd be rushing down the street to Starbucks whenever I could.  But I kinda like the peace and comfort of our little apartment.  Sometimes I even work in my pj's all day long.  (Although, I do have to admit, I find myself talking to Molly a lot more than I did before and she definitely gets more play time outside of her cage when I'm home all day!)

- I tend to have a one-track mind.  Meaning, when I'm working, I'm working.  All I see is the work I have to do and I somehow convince myself that there's not enough time in the day to do anything else.  I've fallen behind on my workout schedule as a result and I need to be better about doing things for me and my personal health, too.

- Sometimes I need a nap in the middle of the day.  Or sometimes I want to sleep in a bit in the morning.  That's not something I should feel guilty about.

So there you have it.  My second month of self-employment.  Not sure there's anything revelatory or significant in that but it is what it is.  Hope you all have a great weekend!!

PS - I'm guest-posting over at box of crayons today, too!

11 Comments:

  1. i think i would definitely like self empoyment better then anywhere else! your own rules, your own hours, and you;re the boss!

    have a happy weekend!
    xoxo

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  2. You and I are on the same page sister. I thought it would feel like I would have a TON of time but what it really feels like is that I have less. But it's a nice change from the regular pace!

    Congrats on the growth of your business btw

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  3. I'm so excited for you! I hope to work from home one day. If people could only pay me to be on Pinterest all day. Haha

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  4. so glad to hear it's going well! still so exciting!

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  5. It's always a little scary first doing something like this, but I'm sure you'll do great! I can't wait to hear more!

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  6. you are awesome- its so hard to work from home for me- I want to be better like you so I can focus more!

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  7. i loved reading this...as a one-day (hopefully in the next 6 month) self-employed gal, these types of post always inspire me. i love hearing the realities of what it like...thank you for being so real! i am so excited to watch you and your business grow!!! XO brynn

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  8. I have come to love working at home but you're right, it does take perseverance and being strict on yourself. Over the years I have worked at home more and more and the one key thing that helps is to set hours of work. So we have a household rule of no work email after 6pm and that seems to keep us calm for evenings together and sleep-filled nights!

    Sal x

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  9. That's awesome Stephanie! I love reading about your adventure and your business plan and goals! It sounds like you're really organized! Very motivating indeed! One day I hope to get into working from home full time too. I kinda too already as I teach privately at home but not the way I want to.

    http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
    http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

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  10. It's so refreshing to read this! I'm self employed as well and I always get comments from friends and family about how I have 'all the time in the world'... when in reality I work just as (maybe more) hard as they do!

    So congrats for following your passions and making it happen!

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  11. Thats so cool, because I'm taking business classes, and I too thought that having your own business would be less time consuming, but I now know from learning that it really isn't...
    I am constantly thinking of what I want my business to be and who my customer is. I have a little shop on etsy to sell paintings, but that's only a slice of what I want to do really.
    I want to start my own business as a decorator/organizer. Then slowly get my degree in interior design or architecture.
    But I totally understand what your feeling, there is a lot of work to be done, and even if you finish one thing, theres always something else that can be improved.
    -Jordan

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