As I men­tioned in recent posts, I have been work­ing for myself for just over a year now. I’ve been a busi­ness own­er off and on for near­ly 20 years, but this is the longest stretch dur­ing which I’ve done it full time. It’s also been my most suc­cess­ful.

I used to think work­ing for some­one else pro­vid­ed job secu­ri­ty. It gave me a steady and depend­able pay­cheque, defined work hours, and great ben­e­fits.

Then I was laid off twice in three years.

Over the past 13 months, I’ve grown to love work­ing for myself. In fact, last week, I dis­cussed 6 things I love about work­ing for myself. To be fair, I thought I should point out things I don’t like about it.

1. I work long hours

I tell peo­ple that I don’t work 9 – 5, I work 5 – 9. That’s actu­al­ly pret­ty typ­i­cal. I have plans to hire employ­ees in the near future, but before I can do that, I need enough work for them to do. Until I do that, I have to do all of the work.

2. I get no holidays

In the last 13 months, I have tak­en two week­days off: Christ­mas and my uncle’s funer­al. For Christ­mas, I moved all of my work to the fol­low­ing Sat­ur­day. For my uncle’s funer­al, I spread my work through­out the oth­er days; in fact, it took me three days to recov­er from the back­log.

Because I am my only employ­ee, if I don’t work, the work doesn’t get done. If I took hol­i­days, I either charge my clients for work I didn’t do, or I give them a reduced rate and take home less. So, no hol­i­days.

3. Saturday is my Friday

I take Sun­days off. It’s the only day I take off. As a result, Sat­ur­day is to me what Fri­day is to every­one else. I have a six-day work week.

4. Pay is intermittent

Some clients take months to pay me. Some clients have me do small job which are only, say, $10 or $20 worth. It’s dif­fi­cult to bud­get when you have no idea how much mon­ey you’ll make, espe­cial­ly in the ini­tial stages of the busi­ness. Things are start­ing to sta­bi­lize, so I expect this to be less of an issue before long.

5. People forget I’m working

Every so often, I will get a phone call from some­one ask­ing me to help them with some­thing dur­ing the day. Some­times I can help, but usu­al­ly I can’t. They always seem to phone when I’m try­ing to meet a dead­line, too.

Are you your own boss? What do you hate about it? Or do you love every­thing about it? Let me know in the com­ments below.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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